tourism

Nexto replaces boring audio guides with tourism games

What if you could play with landmarks instead of just touring them? Nexto is turning audio guides into games to make sightseeing more interactive. Launching today as part of TechCrunch Disrupt Berlin&

Battery Ventures leads $75M Series D in travel activities platform GetYourGuide

Right after Berlin-based travel activities booking platform GetYourGuide announced its $50 million Series C, one of Europe's biggest tourist draws, the city of Paris, was rocked by a series of terror

GuestReady, a service for Airbnb hosts to manage their property, raises $3M

With over four million listings across more than 65,000 cities worldwide, Airbnb has not just upended the global hospitality industry — it has inadvertently created an industry within an industr

Airbnb’s major China rival Tujia raises $300M more at a $1.5B valuation

Airbnb finally got serious about the Chinese market this year, and now its chief rival in the country — Tujia — has tapped investors for $300 million more to sharpen its focus on global ma

India’s Treebo raises $34M for its budget hotel network

Treebo Hotels, one of the most prominent members of India’s emerging budget hotel networks, has closed a $34 million Series C round. The deal was led by new backers Ward Ferry Management and Ka

WanderJaunt wants to make a brand for itself on Airbnb with $2M in seed funding

When WanderJaunt co-founder Michael Chen told me he wanted to build a hotel chain, like the Westin, from the ground up on Airbnb, I wasn't sure what to think. There are already dozens of property man

Airbnb puts €5M into ‘Community Tourism Program’ fund for local projects in Europe

Airbnb has become of the more popular ways of travelling around Europe, offering visitors to cities and regions home-based alternatives to staying in impersonal or expensive hotels when they are away

Guesty raises $3M to be a Salesforce for property managers

Companies like Guesty, which just raised $3 million, are building tech to help property managers optimize their listings.

Troubled travel startup Zozi gets acquired by Peek

Zozi, the drama-filled travel industry startup whose former CEO recently sued its board, has been acquired by Peek, a rival in the tours and activities business where Zozi also competes. Terms of the

Why do airlines overbook their flights?

We've all been there: You turn up to the gate and there are more passengers than there are seats on the plane. You wouldn't be the first person to think, "If you only have 200 seats, why would you sel

TravelTriangle raises $10 million to bring India’s travel agencies online

India’s TravelTriangle, a marketplace for finding and booking travel and holidays, has closed a $10 million Series B funding round. The four-year-old company is focused on bringing India’

Hotel Tonight launches HT Perks, their version of a hotel loyalty program

The one downside to using Hotel Tonight is that you have to forgo the loyalty points you’d normally earn from a hotel stay. That’s because almost all major hotel brands now won’t gi

Tink Labs raises $125M to put its free-to-use smartphone in more hotel rooms worldwide

Tink Labs offers a free-to-use smartphone for hotel guests that lets them enjoy free services, and gives hotels a powerful channel to engage their guests.

Airbnb faces fresh crackdown in Barcelona as city council asks residents to report illegal rentals

Airbnb is facing a further squeeze on its activities in Barcelona, the Catalonian capital that's hugely popular with tourists -- ramping up tension with local communities dealing with inflating rents

Airbnb Handed Over $1.3M In Tourist Taxes To The City Of Paris In Q4 2015

The city of Paris has disclosed that Airbnb handed over nearly €1.2 million in tourist taxes in the last quarter of 2015. The actual figure was €1.169 million euros ($1.310M), generated by 1.4 mil

New Kickstarter Projects Aims To Make Google Glass The Ultimate Tour Guide

The real potential of Google Glass involves making it possible to receive contextually relevant information on the go, without having to pull a phone out of a pocket or do much else to gather it. A ne

Crash Debuts An Online And Mobile Guide To Local Tourist Attractions

Crashworks, a new Idealab-backed travel startup, is today coming out of its semi-stealth mode with a fun mobile application called <a target="_blank" href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/crash-be-yo

Location-Based Tour Guide App Stray Boots Raises $2M As It Looks To Expand Mobile Reach

Stray Boots, a New York-based startup that got its start delivering guided tour scavenger hunt games to tourists and city dwellers around the world via SMS, and which recently made the move to mobile

Triptrotting Revamps Its Website, Adds Social Activities & Curated Events For Travelers

Fresh on the heels of its <a href="https://beta.techcrunch.com/2012/03/08/triptrotting-series-a/">$1 million Series A</a>, <a href="http://www.triptrotting.com/">Triptrotting</a>, a startup that aims

Virgin Galactic White Knight Two mothership flight delayed

When Virgin unveiled the White Knight Two in late July we were told that test flights would begin in September, but that doesn’t appear to be true since it’s the 29th and President of Virg
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