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Sean O'Neill / Skift:
Expedia leads $26M Series B in Alice, a hotel operations software provider, becoming a majority shareholder in the startup   —  In April 2017, Expedia CEO Dara Khosrowshahi visited the Alice headquarters near Madison Square Garden in New York City.  He is pictured here with the startup's founders.
Sep 4, 2017, 10:10 AMIn context
Sean O'Neill / Skift:
Vacation rental network RedAwning raises $40M Series A to expand to Europe and Asia   —  A look at the hot tub from a one-bathroom cabin in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, that is one of the properties provided by RedAwning via its vacation network.  RedAwning  —  Skift Take: Among …
Aug 11, 2017, 1:05 PMIn context
Sean O'Neill / Skift:
Google is testing vacation rental search in its hotel price-comparison tool using ~7,000 property listings in Europe   —  This apartment, based in Paris's 15th arrondissement (or neighborhood), is available on Booking.com and was listed yesterday for a booking of 8 to 14 people via Google's “hotel search.”
Jul 26, 2017, 7:45 AMIn context
Jon Gambrell / Skift:
US lifts laptop ban at Abu Dhabi International Airport, one of the 10 Middle East airports where DHS banned laptops in cabins of US-bound planes in March   —  It didn't hurt that there was already a U.S. Customs pre-clearance facility at Abu Dhabi Airport.  This could be the first step …
Jul 2, 2017, 3:15 PMIn context
Sean O'Neill / Skift:
Peek acquires assets and hires team of rival tour and activities platform Zozi, which had raised over $44M   —  Peek and Zozi offer software to tours-and-activities merchants, whose market is estimated at more than $100 billion a year in sales to travelers and locals although it is a very fragmented market.
Apr 18, 2017, 2:17 PMIn context
Deanna Ting / Skift:
UBS report analyzing 1M+ listings in 127 markets quantifies negative impact of regulations on Airbnb's business; stricter regulations hit NYC, Barcelona hardest   —  Does this mean short-term rental regulations are actually working?  Or just that Airbnb's business is maturing?
Apr 16, 2017, 12:20 AMIn context
Dennis Schaal / Skift:
Expedia affiliate Reservation Counter has filed a $61M lawsuit against Expedia alleging it stole data and gave it to a competitor, is seeking treble damages   —  Reservation Counter, an affiliate of Expedia, is suing the online travel agency for theft of marketing data.  Reservation Counter
Apr 4, 2017, 3:25 AMIn context
Deanna Ting / Skift:
Airbnb rebrands as Aibiying in China, plans to triple workforce and double investment in the country in 2017, integrates with Alipay and WeChat   —  But the bigger question remains: Can it successfully compete with the reigning “Airbnb of China,” Tujia?  —  Continuing on his global tour of six cities …
Mar 22, 2017, 12:45 AMIn context
Sean O'Neill / Skift:
French house swapping platform GuestToGuest raises $35M, buys US-based rival HomeExchange   —  Selfie by a home-swap enthusiast.  GuestToGuest looks to succeed where Couchsurfing has struggled.  Ashley Schwartau  —  Skift Take: Let's hope that GuestToGuest's bet on home-swapping ends better …
Mar 13, 2017, 5:00 AMIn context
Dennis Schaal / Skift:
Priceline Group buys European travel search firm Momondo for $550M, its largest acquisition since purchasing OpenTable for $2.6B in 2014   —  Momondo Group CEO Hugo Burge in the company's London headquarters.  The Priceline Group acquired the group of metasearch sites in an all-cash deal.  Momondo Group
Feb 8, 2017, 12:30 PMIn context

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