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Uber tie-up with Omio adds train and coach booking to app — starting with UK

Uber is testing adding train and coach travel to its app in the U.K. so customers can book longer distance ground travel via a fully integrated tie-up with Berlin-based multimodal travel platform, Omi

Corporate travel tech platform Spotnana nabs $75M

Spotnana, a self-proclaimed “travel-as-a-service” platform that targets corporations, travel management firms and other technology companies with a cloud-based toolset for booking and mana

KKday bumps its Series C to $95 million as travel resumes

When travel platform KKday raised the first part of its Series C in September 2020, the travel landscape was very different. Now, as KKday announces that it’s added $20 million to the round, bringin

US-based Here lets you make fractional vacation rental investments starting at $100

Airbnb got its start as a place for homeowners casually to rent out rooms and more from their own private residences to make a bit of extra income, but it quickly evolved into something a little more

Airbnb permanently bans parties on all listings

After “indefinitely” banning unauthorized parties at properties booked through Airbnb in 2020, the company has permanently banned them. The firm said that the temporary ban was effective i

Omio raises $80M as travel demand rebounds after years of COVID-19 crisis

It’s been a tough few years for Omio, the Berlin-based travel search and booking platform that saw 98% of its revenues evaporate overnight when COVID-19 hit Europe back in spring 2020. But the c

Caught COVID-19 abroad? Good luck, you might get stuck

The idea of being stranded on a Caribbean island might not sound like the worst thing in the world after two years of a pandemic, but speaking from experience, it’s not as fun as it sounds. I ca

Airbnb will no longer offer COVID-19-related refunds beginning May 31

Airbnb today announced that it will soon no longer offer refunds for COVID-19-related circumstances, including cases where a guest or host becomes sick with COVID-19 — reflecting an update to th

Bach raises $8M to scale its group travel app for planning bachelorette trips

Bach, a group travel app for planning bachelorette trips, has announced $8 million in seed funding led by Corazon Capital. The app, which is available on both the Google Play Store and the iOS App Sto

Lyft follows Uber’s lead and removes its mask mandate

Despite the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, face masks are no longer required for Lyft riders and drivers. Yesterday, Florida federal Judge Kathryn Kimball Mizelle voided a federal mask mandate on transpor

Uber will no longer require riders or drivers to wear masks in the US

Uber announced that effective today, masks are no longer required for riders or drivers in the U.S. This change in policy comes after Florida federal judge Kathryn Kimball Mizelle, a Trump-era appoint

Why a 35-year-old travel IT company decided to slash its technical debt

It's not just giants like Amadeus that face tech debt. Even much smaller companies have to deal with technical debt eventually and come to terms with massive technology changes.

Tiger Global is earning its stripes in Africa

You can count on one hand the number of funds bigger than Tiger Global. But in terms of influence, speed and number of investments made since 2021, Tiger has led the pack alongside Sequoia. Last year,

AnyRoad helps brands measure customer experiences

Brands don’t often know everyone who is attending their big events, which leads to limited return on investment and actionable insights. AnyRoad provides that insight.

Ramp expands into travel as the corporate spend category goes horizontal

Corporate spending has marked a huge opportunity in the world of fintech. Multiple players have emerged with various solutions — from software to corporate cards — to help businesses of al

Real-time flight rewards search engine point.me raises $2M to scale its travel tool

New York-based point.me, the makers of an online search tool that makes it easy to discover real-time reward flight options, has raised $2 million in seed funding led by PAR Capital Ventures. The tool

Airbnb’s pandemic slingshot nears completion

Let's chat through Airbnb's quarterly results' highlights and our occasional quibble as we digest a world for technology companies that appears increasingly like the pre-pandemic days.

China’s travel booking giant Trip.com adopts the hybrid office

Scores of tech companies around the world have switched to remote work or some sort of hybrid model during the past two COVID-hit years. In China, though, most tech firms have gone back to the office

Travel app Sēkr scores $2.25 million to bring campsite inventory into the digital age

Consumers spent more than $8.5 billion in 2020 on camping reservations across the U.S., but the camping industry itself has yet to be fully digitized. Today, reserving a space at some campgrounds, bo

Travel booking app Hopper upgrades its valuation to $5B on secondary sale

Hopper, the mobile travel booking startup and app that lets users book flights, hotels, cars, and — most recently — short-term home rentals a la Airbnb and VRBO, has been on a fast pace of
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