travel

  • Le Collectionist raises $10M to expand luxury travel platform and offices globally

    Le Collectionist raises $10M to expand luxury travel platform and offices globally

    There are many solutions when a traveler wants to rent a property: websites like Airbnb, local agents, hotels, private properties to name the obvious. When it comes to luxury properties, the options become a tad more rarified. Luxury travel estimated to be worth between $25 billion and $30 billion per year. So far only OneFineStay and LuxuryRetreats come the closest in delivering it online… Read More

  • Hopper debuts ‘Flex Watch,’ a personalized flight deal finder for flexible travel dates

    Hopper debuts ‘Flex Watch,’ a personalized flight deal finder for flexible travel dates

    Hopper, the intelligent travel app that has made finding affordable flights a lot easier, is today rolling out a new feature called Flex Watch, which will send you recommendations about flight deals in a highly personalized manner. Today, most travel booking services only let you adjust your arrival or departure dates by a few days – for example, Kayak lets you search up to three… Read More

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

    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 Karst Peak Capital, two Hong Kong PE firms, with participation from existing investors SAIF Partners, Matrix Partners India and Bertelsmann India Investments. Before this deal, two-year-old Treebo… Read More

  • Expedia leads $26 million round in hospitality startup ALICE

    Expedia leads $26 million round in hospitality startup ALICE

    Before Uber poached Dara Khosrowshahi to serve as its CEO, he facilitated a $26 million series B round in hotel startup ALICE as CEO of Expedia. The idea with ALICE is to bring technology to the outdated hotel industry by offering up a system to run hotels on a single platform. This round brings ALICE’s total funding to $39 million and makes Expedia the startup’s majority… Read More

  • What it’s like using travel startup Journy

    What it’s like using travel startup Journy

    You may remember that time I decided to do whatever startup Journy told me to do during my trip to Berlin with my mom. Well, I mostly stuck to that plan and we had a really good time. Here’s a quick recap. Journy is designed to function somewhere in between a high-end travel service and a DIY approach to jetsetting. For $25 a day, Journy will act as your personal concierge for your… Read More

  • Lonely Planet launches an Instagram-like Trips app

    Lonely Planet launches an Instagram-like Trips app

    Lonely Planet has a new app for travel enthusiasts. Called Trips, the app uses an Instagram-like design populated with beautiful images of far away places. Much like Lonely Planet’s website, the idea behind Trips is to offer travelers an easy way to share their experiences and discover new areas of the world — this time on their smartphones. Read More

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

    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 management startups for short-term rentals. And besides, isn’t the commercial dominance and economic power of hotel groups half the reason people use Airbnb in the first place? Read More

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