Guesty snaps up $130M at $900M valuation to help property managers list on Airbnb and beyond

The company, based out of New York with roots in Israel, says its revenue has increased 5x in the last 3 years, and it expects to turn profitable this year.

Google will now let you use AI to build travel itineraries for your vacations

As we inch toward the summer holidays, Google is announcing a slate of travel updates that place it squarely in the travel planning process and give it a lot more insight into purchasing intent in the

Mews, the hotel SaaS startup, books $110M at a $1.2B valuation

Tourism continues to bounce back in the wake of COVID-19, with 2023 raking in $2.23 trillion globally, surpassing pre-pandemic levels for the first time since 2020. That’s having a big knock-on

Backed by $10M Series A, TravelJoy is riding the post-COVID demand for expert travel planning

A travel-focused startup that the COVID pandemic could have killed has instead thrived. TravelJoy, a company providing a suite of tools for travel entrepreneurs and travel business operators, is now f

Globetrotter’s new app is a ‘Spotify Wrapped’ for your travel memories

Frequent travelers who want to track their trips and reminisce about their favorite spots and travel memories now have a new app to do so. Globetrotter is today introducing a location-based travel pho

Layla taps into AI and creator content to build a travel recommendation app

Many companies are trying to use AI chatbots (beyond ChatGPT) in different industries — especially in the consumer sector. Berlin-based startup Layla is banking on this trend to build an eponymous c

Mindtrip wants to become your AI travel agent

Once upon a time, we used to use travel agents to book our flights, book our hotels and maybe even make recommendations about things to do and places to eat while you were away. But then along came th

Google Flights will now tell you when it’s the cheapest time to book

Google Flights today is releasing a new feature that will help travelers better determine the right time to book. Rolling out this week, the company is debuting new insights that will leverage histori

Mondee security lapse exposed flight itineraries and unencrypted credit card numbers

Travel giant Mondee has secured an exposed database that was spilling sensitive customer information, including detailed flight and hotel itineraries and unencrypted credit card numbers. Anurag Sen, a

Upgrade acquires travel-focused BNPL startup Uplift for a song

Upgrade, a provider of personal credit lines and other consumer financial products, today announced that it’s agreed to acquire Uplift, the buy now, pay later (BNPL) vendor, for $100 million in

utu raises $33M to help travelers get more from tax-free shopping

utu, a travel tech company that helps flyers get more out of their tax-free shopping, announced today it has raised a $33 million Series B from investors, including SC Ventures. utu also announced it

Upgrading AI-powered travel products to first class

When you think about it, other than Airbnb, there really hasn’t been a major shift in how we plan and book travel online in decades.

Google intros new AI-powered travel and product search features

Google’s new AI-powered search experience, released in May, might have gotten a mixed reception. But the search giant isn’t letting that slow its feature roadmap. Google today announced ne

GetYourGuide books $194M at a $2B valuation with travel experiences back in business

The tourist industry is bouncing back after a rough couple of pandemic-stressed years, and in the case of some tourism and travel startups, its momentum is coming in at a pace that’s defying eve

Airbnb’s average home prices have gone up, so now it’s refocusing on rooms to give users more affordable alternatives

Airbnb started out of an idea of renting out spare beds and rooms in private homes to people as an affordable alternative to hotels, but as it has scaled it’s spent years going upmarket from tha

Wheel the World grabs $6M to offer guaranteed accessibility, price match for hotel rooms

The company has two new booking tool features for families with disabilities, including guaranteed accessibility in hotel rooms and a price match.

Airbnb is rolling out a toggle to show you price inclusive of all fees

Airbnb is rolling out a new toggle to show you the price, inclusive of all fees (before taxes), for your stay instead of showing you a per-night price. This means you won’t have to go to the boo

Airbnb is helping find renters an apartment so they can Airbnb it

Airbnb really wants you to Airbnb an apartment. So its latest step is to find renters a place, which they can also list on the travel booking platform. Today, the company introduced a new program call

Airbnb rolls out a host of new perks for hosts

Airbnb has more than 4 million hosts managing accommodations and experiences on its platform. Now, as it looks to drive more bookings, it’s on the hunt for more. After introducing a major redesi

Travel app Hopper raises $96M from Capital One to double down on social commerce

Evidently, the downturn hasn’t soured investors on the travel industry. Travel booking startup Hopper today announced that it closed a $96 million follow-on investment from Capital One, bringing
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