Kango Almost Beta for Vacation Planning

Kango logoTravel review site Kango, which brings together traveler opinions from across the web, then analyzes them using natural language analysis and travel-specific term matching to help you find the perfect hotels and activities for your next vacation, said it entered “almost beta” today.

Kango’s “almost beta” state covers romantic and family-friendly lodging and activities in Hawaii and California. For example, you can search for a family-friendly resort in Wailea, Maui and specify your budget criteria. Kango ranks results in order of family-friendliness and displays ratings from web sites like Yahoo! Travel, Travelocity and TripAdvisor.

Earlier this year, Kango received a Series A round of funding of $4 million from Shasta Ventures. The company was founded by Yen Lee, former general manager of Yahoo! Travel.

Kango could eliminate some of the multi-web site research that many vacationers undertake. For it to be generally useful, it will of course have to cover more geography and support terms beyond “before kids” (romantic) and “after” (family-friendly).

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