Just a month into a run at the travel industry with its combination of hotel booking and loyalty programmes, RocketMiles has captured its first funding round – $2 million from Atlas Ventures.
Coming out of beta today, Rocketmiles is a Chicago startup that says its average customer earns 3,000 frequent flier miles per hotel night.
Room Key recently announced new partnerships with La Quinta, Millenium Hotels & Resorts, and the Leading Hotels of the World, bringing the total available properties to nearly 50,000. So what does this mean for the fledgling hotel booking engine?
Today EuroCheapo, the 11-year-old, New York-based website for booking accommodation in popular cities, is holding a massive re-launch that includes fresh branding, a re-design, larger photos, a partnership with TripAdvisor, better hotel search, and loads of other stuff under the hood.
Although it isn’t the biggest contract in its portfolio, it has to sting a bit that the Expedia Affiliate Network has lost its contract powering travel services for Seattle’s Convention and Visitors Bureau.
Seeking to draw more visitors from the US, the Nicaraguan Tourism Institute has kicked off a $3 million marketing campaign.
GuestCentric Systems, finding that some prospective clients were unwilling to pay fixed monthly costs for its hotel-booking engine, implemented a new revenue-share pricing system.