Another illustration that mobile and hotel distribution is changing with news that Europe-based same-day booking service Blink Booking has raised money from a string of web luminaries.
The investment of $2.5 million comes as the company launches the service in the UK after successfully extending the service in seven countries including France, Spain and Italy.
The service work similar to that of the HotelTonight platform in the US, allowing users of its mobile applications (iPhone and Android) to find and book same-day hotel deals via their handsets.
Blink only picks four and five star properties and is now featuring hotels in around 40 cities across Europe.
The company claims to have worked with 500 properties on the continent so far and its apps have been downloaded 170,000 times in its launch market of Spain.