Investments

Trusted Housesitters goes walkies with $10M investment deal
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Trusted Housesitters goes walkies with $10M investment deal
By Kevin May | October 22, 2021
The Series A round is the first major financial backing for the pet-sitting and travel company since its launch originally in the U.K. in 2010. Read More
Holidu acquires vacation rental platform Spain-Holiday
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Holidu acquires vacation rental platform Spain-Holiday
By Jill Menze | October 21, 2021
Holidu will expand its presence in Spain by merging Spain-Holiday with subsidiary Bookiply. Read More
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FlixMobility acquires Greyhound for $78M
By Linda Fox | October 21, 2021
The initial deal is worth $46 million, with a further deferred consideration of $32 million to U.K.-based First Group. Read More
The Phocuswright Conference 2021 - five questions for financial analysts
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The Phocuswright Conference 2021 - five questions for financial analysts
By PhocusWire | October 21, 2021
This year's Street Talk panel features Helane Becker (Cowen), Jed Kelly (Oppenheimer & Co) and Mark Mahaney (Evercore). Read More
Innovation chief envisions big future for AI and biometrics at U.S. airports
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Innovation chief envisions big future for AI and biometrics at U.S. airports
By Robert Silk - Travel Weekly | October 21, 2021
AI, coupled with multinational information sharing, will bring a day relatively soon when transportation security officers won't have to view the contents of most carry-ons brought through screening... Read More
Hopper buys PlacePass, moves into tours and activities
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Hopper buys PlacePass, moves into tours and activities
By Kevin May | October 19, 2021
PlacePass has a consumer-facing booking service but the company is perhaps best known as the engine behind Marriott's Bonvoy Tours and Activities platform. Read More
Zeus Living raises $55M for flexible accommodations model
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Zeus Living raises $55M for flexible accommodations model
By Jill Menze | October 18, 2021
Zeus Living, which counts Airbnb as a previous investor, is looking beyond the corporate travel market. Read More
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Startup accommodation platform CuddlyNest raises $3.5M
By Mitra Sorrells | October 14, 2021
Founded in 2017, CuddlyNest says it will use the funding to grow its team and add new product features.   Read More
Ex-British Airways CEO slams digitally naive airline sector
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Ex-British Airways CEO slams digitally naive airline sector
By Linda Fox | October 14, 2021
Digitally savvy customers have been trained to expect a new level of service from online retailers and airlines stand to lose out when it comes to discretionary spend, says Alex Cruz. Read More
VIDEO: The Big Picture issues in alternative accommodation
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VIDEO: The Big Picture issues in alternative accommodation
By PhocusWire | October 14, 2021
Witnesses to the meteoric rise of the alternative accommodation sector will know that its growth will continue to face a number of challenges alongside the obvious opportunities. Read More
PhocusWire Pulse: Startups In The Spotlight
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PhocusWire Pulse: Startups In The Spotlight
By PhocusWire | October 11, 2021
For our eighth event this year, we focus on the trends and issues, challenges and opportunities for startups in travel. Read More
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Lola team finds home at Capital One
By Linda Fox | October 11, 2021
Lola's management say credit card and membership service Capital One is the "ideal place to continue the journey." Read More
VIDEO: The state of short-term rental startups
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VIDEO: The state of short-term rental startups
By PhocusWire | October 11, 2021
What has COVID-19 done to the scene? Are opportunities still there for newbies to consider, and will investments continue to roll in? Read More
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Airport transfer marketplace SmartRyde raises $1.6M Series A
By Mitra Sorrells | October 5, 2021
Founded in 2017, SmartRyde works with transportation operators at 700 airports in 150 countries.  Read More
VIDEO: Sizing up the market as a rental newbie
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VIDEO: Sizing up the market as a rental newbie
By PhocusWire | October 4, 2021
It wouldn't have been plain sailing as a vacation rental startup in 2020 - even before a global pandemic hit every corner of the travel, tourism and hospitality sector. Read More