Over the past eight months or so the hotel search landscape has shifted and a gathering of the meta engines is now well under-way.
On March 29, this Czech-headquartered flight-booking site re-launched its metasearch booking engine for flights.
After an extensive period of testing and eight months on from initially disclosing the idea to investors, TripAdvisor has pushed its metasearch service live across all platforms.
Global bus ticketing metasearch company Busbud says today that it has closed a $1 million (Canadian) round of financing.
A handful of startups are racing to become the Kayak of bus ticketing metasearch: Buscatchers, Bustripping, Pombai, and Wanderu.
Terry Jones was founder of Travelocity and is currently chairman of Kayak. Both companies have made their mark but have developed as businesses in vastly different ways.
Flight and hotel search service Hipmunk is now offering direct bookings for hotels via both its website and mobile offerings.
China’s Baidu-backed travel company Qunar has become one of the country’s leading online travel search providers, boasting about 75 million monthly visits.
Kayak has spent plenty of time and effort over the years launching local sites around the world but, perhaps surprisingly, it has never had one next door in Canada.
Anyone remember the good old days, when the founder of a previous online travel business would try his or her hand at something new?