Holiday rental metasearch service HomeToGo has acquired the assets of U.S rival Tripping.com, with terms of the deal undisclosed.
The acquisition is the second for HomeToGo in as many months, following its purchase of Casamundo in October.
The news came as Berlin-based HomeToGo announced that it has completed its latest funding round bringing total investment to more than $150 million.
The company raised Series A of €6m in mid-2015 followed by a Series B round of $20 million in April 2016.
The exact amounts for Series C and this latest round have not been disclosed.
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A HomeToGo statement says it plans to continue running Tripping as a brand. Rumblings about layoffs and board conflict emerged about U.S-based Tripping in the summer.
Tripping raised Series C funding of $35 million in late-2016, bringing its total investment to $52 million. It was founded by Jen O'Neal and Jeff Manheimer in 2010.
Dr. Patrick Andrae, CEO and co-founder of HomeToGo, says: "I'm particularly proud that HomeToGo acquired our strongest competitor Tripping.com just three years after entering the US market. After all, it's not every day that a technology company from Europe takes over an established American company.”
In a recent Q&A on metasearch evolution and the challenges for Tripping, Andrae said that the metasearch platforms with the best tech, user experience, and partnerships would win and described HomeToGo as on a “very promising path.”
The rental sector has always been fairly slim in terms of the number of brands seeking to add a metasearch-type option later to it.
Other notable options alongside Tripping.com and HomeToGo include AllTheRooms, the U.S.-based startup which has so far raised $3.3 million in funding.
Both Skyscanner and Kayak have added filters in recent years, featuring rental properties provided to them by online travel agencies.