Private Accommodation


Airbnb says it will IPO in 2020
Airbnb says it will IPO in 2020
By Kevin May | September 19, 2019
A listing of Airbnb on the public markets will, following those for Uber and Lyft during 2019, be one of the most eagerly awaited IPOs in the travel industry in years. Read More
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Airbnb will invest $25M in affordable housing and small businesses
By Mitra Sorrells | September 19, 2019
Airbnb is investing $25 million in affordable housing and small businesses in San Francisco and Los Angeles. Read More
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AvantStay locks in $20M in funding, looks to expand short-term rental portfolio
By Linda Fox | September 18, 2019
AvantStay is looking to bring in more properties for its short-term rentals for groups concept following $20 million in funding. Read More
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Lavanda houses $5M capital raise as real estate and hospitality get closer
Lavanda houses $5M capital raise as real estate and hospitality get closer
By Kevin May | September 17, 2019
The U.K.-based company had previously raised two angels tranches in the $1.5 million range in 2016 and 2017. Read More
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Holidu raises €40M to target new markets and boost Bookiply distribution platform
Holidu raises €40M to target new markets and boost Bookiply distribution platform
By Kevin May | September 17, 2019
The round eclipses the $20 million brought in by HomeToGo in April 2016 and the $35 million for the ill-fated Tripping in the same year. Read More
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STARTUP STAGE: Padlifter wants to connect vacation rental service providers
By Mitra Sorrells | September 6, 2019
Padlifter is a marketplace to connect vacation rental hosts with providers of services such as property management, security, marketing, maintenance, laundry, accounting and more.    Read More
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Google adds Vacasa to vacation rental search
By Jill Menze | September 5, 2019
In March, Google added vacation rental properties to its Hotel Search function, and it’s now adding the first vacation rental management brand to the mix through a partnership with Vacasa. Read More
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Marriott picks BookingPal as exclusive tech partner for home-rental unit
Marriott picks BookingPal as exclusive tech partner for home-rental unit
By Jill Menze | September 3, 2019
Marriott International has selected BookingPal as the exclusive technology partner for its Homes & Villas vacation rental division. Read More
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OYO acquires data shop Danamica to help drive dynamic pricing in rentals
By Linda Fox | September 3, 2019
OYO is seeking to refine its dynamic pricing capabilities for vacation rentals through the acquisition of Danamica. Read More
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Q&A: Ritz-Carlton founder Horst Schulze on tech's role in luxury hotels
Q&A: Ritz-Carlton founder Horst Schulze on tech's role in luxury hotels
By Mitra Sorrells | September 3, 2019
Ritz-Carlton co-founder Horst Schulze shares his views on how the luxury category has changed, the best ways to integrate technology and his changing views on online intermediaries and crowd-sourced... Read More
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Hostelworld invests $3M in accommodation tech provider Tipi
Hostelworld invests $3M in accommodation tech provider Tipi
By Kevin May | September 2, 2019
The investment is the first major strategic initiative at Hostelworld since Gary Morrison took over as CEO in mid-2018, following the departure of Feargal Mooney. Read More
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Festicket in double acquisition for Event Genius and Ticket Arena
Festicket in double acquisition for Event Genius and Ticket Arena
Event Genius is a ticketing and point of sale system for customers, whilst sister brand Ticket Arena is a competitor of Festicket. Read More
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Startup Stage: Anyplace wants to make flexible-term housing as easy to book as hotels
Startup Stage: Anyplace wants to make flexible-term housing as easy to book as hotels
By Jill Menze | August 27, 2019
Anyplace is a B2C marketplace where travelers can book fully furnished accommodations on a monthly basis. Read More
Interview | Startups
Zhiketong raises $42.5M to develop WeChat-led hotel marketing tool
Zhiketong raises $42.5M to develop WeChat-led hotel marketing tool
By Kevin May | August 27, 2019
The service is designed entirely around using the WeChat social media platform for brands. The latest round brings its total raised to date in the region of $53 million. Read More
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LuggageHero buys bag-storage competitor Knock Knock City
By Jill Menze | August 26, 2019
The short-term luggage storage market is consolidating, with LuggageHero - one of PhocusWire’s Hot 25 Startups for 2019 - acquiring one of its competitors, Knock Knock City. Read More
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