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News / Online
Hopper raises another $175M, will add 500 employees
By Mitra Sorrells | August 17, 2021
Five months after a $170 million fundraise, Hopper is doing it again – this time $175 million in Series G financing, bringing its total raised to date to $585 million.   Read More
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Growing search volume, longer search windows point to return of traveler optimism
By Jill Menze | August 12, 2021
According to Expedia Group’s Q2 2021 Travel Recovery Trend Report, monthly global search volumes grew more than 70% quarter-over-quarter. Read More
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Google told more transparency needed in flight and hotel prices by regulator
By Linda Fox | July 28, 2021
Google has been given two months to make changes to its flight and hotel pricing results. Read More
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Google expands Travel Insights tools with new features, U.S. search data
By Mitra Sorrells | July 15, 2021
Following a partnership with the UNWTO announced in May, Google is now also working with Destinations International and HSMAI to hep destinations and hoteliers use travel search data more effectively. Read More
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Interview / Technology
VIDEO: Qtravel - Launch pitch at Phocuswright Europe 2021
By PhocusWire | July 12, 2021
Qtravel is a Travel-Search-as-a-Service to easily develop tailored, fast search and discovery experiences that decrease costs and convert. Read More
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News / Distribution
Google Travel adds vacation rentals alongside hotels in search results
By Mitra Sorrells | May 27, 2021
Beginning today, consumers that search for accommodations in a specific destination may see both hotels and vacation rentals in the search results on google.com/travel. Read More
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News / Startups
Wellness travel platform Vacayou raises $3.3M
By Mitra Sorrells | May 18, 2021
Vacayou is launching in beta with more than 100 package options such as spa getaways, wellness retreats and active travel experiences.[ Read More
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Expedia unveils rebrand in major push to capture travel demand
By Jill Menze | April 19, 2021
Expedia is debuting a new look and product offerings on its quest to become consumers’ "ultimate travel companion." Read More
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What are travelers on Google searching for?
By Jill Menze | April 19, 2021
According to TripsToDiscover, searches are up dramatically for travel products since January 1, 2021. Read More
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Hipmunk founders launch Flight Penguin to take on Kayak in metasearch
By Jill Menze | April 5, 2021
Founded by Hipmunk's Adam Goldstein and Steve Huffman, Flight Penguin is a Chrome extension that shows "unbiased and uncorrupted" search results. Read More
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Hopper closes $170M funding round, creates new B2B offering with Capital One as first partner
By Mitra Sorrells | March 24, 2021
Hopper is kicking off an ambitious growth plan that includes the launch of Hopper Cloud, selling its infrastructure, agency content, financial technology and data science capabilities to other travel... Read More
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Airlines turn to traveler intent data to forecast demand
By Linda Fox | March 15, 2021
As restrictions lift and travel recovers, historical booking data can no longer be relied on. Read More
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What Vacasa acquiring TurnKey means for the market and rental's recovery
By Jill Menze | March 15, 2021
Property management and vacation rental specialists weigh in on Vacasa's recent acquisition of TurnKey Vacation Rentals and the future of consolidation in the space. Read More
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Vacasa acquires TurnKey Vacation Rentals as pandemic spikes demand in the sector
By Jill Menze | March 11, 2021
Major consolidation is underway in the vacation rental management sector with Vacasa announcing plans to acquire TurnKey Vacation Rentals. Read More
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Interview / Startups
STARTUP STAGE: Odyssey Travel App wants to democratize access to luxury travel
By Jill Menze | March 2, 2021
Odyssey Travel App is a premium travel platform that aims to democratize access to luxury hotels, car rental and other travel services directly from the provider to the user. Read More