Travel is supposedly all about memories and the experience people have in-resort. But nowadays travellers are armed with more information beforehand than ever before.
Another week, another acquisition for TripAdvisor – this time snapping up Spain-based vacation rental service Niumba in another undisclosed deal.
Airbnb was essentially always about being a marketplace to let home-owners earn some extra money by renting out a spare room or an entire property. But the model is slowly evolving.
There are many people gainfully (or otherwise) employed by technology companies second guessing what the future of ecommerce will look like.
Crowd-sourced content continues to appeal to travel brands, as Gogobot and Homeaway partner on a product called Insider Guides that brings local insider knowledge to travelers.
Back-end systems in the vacation rental sector are also on the receiving end of investment, as Spain-based Kigo wins a $1.8 million Series A injection this week.
At a panel talk in London last night, representatives from the European divisions of these major online players revealed insights into their strategies, the limits to their growth, and which smaller startups in the market they admire the most.
Flatora is Russiaâ€™s answer to Airbnb â€“itâ€™s an online service for short-term accommodation rental in the region with its founders dubbing it the booking.com of the apartments rental market
After spending hours combing through endless sessions and parties, here are some of the can’t-miss happenings at SXSW 2013, in order of appearance. If you have an addition, please note it in the comments!
China-based vacation rental service startup Tujia secured its Series B funding from GGV Capital, Lightspeed Venture Partners, CDH Ventures, Qiming Venture Partners, Ctrip and HomeAway.