Travel

Last-minute hotel app Hotel Tonight makes its first acquisition: PrimaTable

Hotel Tonight says it plans to acquire fellow San Francisco startup PrimaTable. While PrimaTable’s area of expertise is the high-end restaurant business, Hotel Tonight says it plans to put the company’s engineers to work improving its own platform that helps hotels advertise their last-minute room availability.

Follow the users: How Trover morphed from travel to entertainment app

Social travel recommendation app Trover has slowly undergone a makeover the past month or so. CEO Jason Karas talked with us about how Trover’s users were the ones who turned the travel app into an aspirational, entertainment-oriented app that is only somewhat related to real-life travel.

Hey, cheapskates: FlightTrack now has a free app

FlightTrack Free is not replacing the popular, paid FlightTrack or FlightTrack Pro apps. It’s a separate, scaled-down version of FlightTrack with a redesigned interface. Mobiata, FlightTrack’s creator, plans eventually to add in-app purchase options.

What Fotopedia can tell us about Friday’s China iPad launch

Fotopedia users in China account for the largest chunk of its iPad audience by far. So naturally the travel app photo magazine for iOS is launching an app featuring the country itself. It arrives Thursday to coincide with the launch of the new iPad in China.

Orbitz launches new iPhone app, bets on mobile growth

Nailing the mobile experience is essential for online travel services. Orbitz’s new free app aims to make it much easier for leisure travelers to do trip research and book hotel, airfare and rental cars all within one app without going to a mobile website.

With $23 million in new funds, Hotel Tonight is going global

The last-minute hotel booking app has secured a $23 million Series C funding round from U.S. Venture Partners. Hotel Tonight plans to use the money to bring its iOS and Android app to more cities outside the U.S., and add more last-minute destinations at home.

Finally: Amtrak to use iPhones for ticket scanning

Our nation’s rail system is about to take a big step forward: by placing less emphasis on paper tickets and introducing the iPhone as an important tool for conductors. This will streamline boarding for Amtrak, but it will also make life easier for smartphone-toting rail commuters.

Hipmunk adds calendar integration to mobile apps

Travel booking startup Hipmunk is rolling out updated versions of its mobile apps, which will automatically take into account events that are already on your calendar when trying to book travel. It works through integration with calendars such as Microsoft’s Outlook, Google Calendar and Apple’s iCal.

Gogobot raises $15 million for social-powered travel

Gogobot, a social-powered travel service that launched a year ago, has raised $15 million led by Redpoint Ventures with Battery Ventures and the CrunchFund participating. Gogobot helps people plan their trips by tapping the recommendations and suggestions of their friends.

How mobile changes the web travel business

Mobile is turning travel on its head, and much like it’s changing the way thousands of other companies do business, it’s also changing how Expedia thinks about its product. Instead of searching and booking travel, a mobile device can provide a concierge-like level of service.

Android or iOS: Who travels more? Tripit knows

One of my personal “must have” free travel apps, Tripit, gained both an Android upgrade and an ad-free paid version on Thursday. Along with the news comes some interesting travel data from Tripit’s user base. Which do you think travels more for work or fun?

Kayak Will Power Flight Search On Bing

Microsoft’s Bing is turning to Kayak to power one of the most high-profile features on its site. Under an agreement announced today, Kayak “…

NileGuide Buys Travel Site 10Best

NileGuide is buying larger travel recommendation site 10Best, as it continues to build its reach. 10Best features original articles and revi…

Expedia Goes Mobile, Buys Travel App Mobiata

It’s a surprise that every online travel property isn’t already swimming in mobile functionality, given the obvious connection between the t…

Travel Ad Network Raises $15 Million More

Travel Ad Network, which, as its name implies, runs a travel-focused ad network, has raised $15 million in a third round of funding. The com…

Cool Tools: Wanderfly Inspires Travel Getaways

Have a hankering to take a few days off and go somewhere? A new startup called Wanderfly, which launched today, wants to help inspire you. Type in your approximate travel dates, budget, duration and interests, and Wanderfly will serve up a set of glossy options.

With ITA Purchase, Google Now Owns the Skies

Google says it has signed an agreement to acquire travel-information company ITA Software for $700-million, in a deal that has been widely rumored for some time. Other travel services such as Kayak and Microsoft’s Bing Travel use ITA’s data, and the deal could face anti-trust scrutiny.

The iPad as a Travel Companion

On June 7, I embarked on a trip to Europe. I debated whether I wanted to take my iPad or my hackintosh’d Dell Mini 9. In the end, I went with the iPad.

Google Buys Travel Site Ruba

Google (NSDQ: GOOG) has made its second iGoogle-related acquisition in less than a month, buying up small online travel site Ruba, which fea…

NileGuide Buys Q&A Site Localyte to Scale Travel Content

NileGuide is announcing the acquisition of the angel-backed Localyte, a participatory travel advice site that has had early success in engaging participation. The idea is for Localyte to help NileGuide scale up its travel advice coverage using free content to complement NileGuide’s local expert paid content.

Oyster.com Cuts Size Of Staff By A Third

Back in mid-September, Oyster Hotel Reviews said it was on track to become the largest travel media outlet in the U.S. by staffers by year-e…

Social Travel Site Everlater Gets Funding

Everlater, a startup that lets users set up online travel scrapbooks, has raised a first round of funding led by Highway 12 Ventures; the co…

Expedia India Launches Indian Ops

Expedia India has announced the launch of its India operations, with Sharat Dhall as its Managing Director. The site Expedia.co.in (Expedia.…

TravelGuru Acquires Desiya For $25 Million

$25 Million (around Rs. 100 crores) is the amount that Online Travel Agency (OTA) TravelGuru is paying for B2B hotel portal Desiya.com, repo…

Deccan Launches Prepaid Mobile Ticketing

Deccan has launched a mobile booking initiative called m-Fly, which allows users to pay for tickets via their mobile phone, reports India Av…

Expedia Planning For Jan 2008 India Launch

Global Online Travel company Expedia reportedly has plans to launch its portal India in Jan 2008, offering both domestic and international t…

TravelGuru To Acquire Desiya.com

TravelGuru, an Online Travel Agency (OTA) funded by Sequoia Capital and Battery Ventures, is close to acquiring another travel portal, Desiy…

Kingfisher Tops E-ticketing Race, A-I Trails

While Kingfisher Airlines sells all of its tickets via the Internet, Air-India sells a paltry 7 percent of its tickets through the Web, acco…

Arzoo Allows Restaurant Table Booking

Sabeer Bhatia’s portal Arzoo.com has introduced a “book-a-table’ service for Mumbai, reports Indiantelevision. The company is providing a si…

E-tickets For Air Travel On The Rise In India

The Economic Times had this interesting piece of data in this article on the surge in e-ticketing for air tickets in India. The percentage o…

MakeMyTrip Opens Bangalore Office

Online Travel Agent MakeMyTrip has opened an office in Bangalore, reports Business Standard. As per the story (though no source is specified…

MakeMyTrip Launches Mobile Ticketing Service

Makemytrip.com has launched a mobile ticketing service, wherein users can search, book and pay for tickets by SMS. The service has been powe…

Saffron Media Kicks Off Travel Mag, Portal

Saffron Media Advertisement Pvt. Ltd, a unit of the Adfactors Group, has launched a weekly magazine Travel Biz Monitor and www.travelbizmoni…

@OT: “We also sell Tickets”

Online travel portals will have to evolve, was the message from Deep Kalra, CEO of MakeMyTrip at the “Online Travel: Are You Hooked” confere…

easyHotel.com Announces India Plans

Hotel rooms aggregator easyHotel.com has announced its plans for India. The low-cost hotel chain, which has investment from Dubai’s Istithma…

Cleartrip Launches SMS Based Mobile Search

Travel search and booking portal Cleartrip has launched mobile search on their own short code 667744, currently available on Airtel, BPL, Hu…

Yahoo’s Travel Aggregator – Farechase

Chanced upon Yahoo’s Farechase, which is apparently ‘NEW’ and in Beta. I tried a few searches for around March 17th, for the rumored Iron Ma…

Yatra Hires OMS For Media Planning, Buying

The size of Yatra.com’s media business is apparently Rs.5-6 crore, and Optimum Media Solutions has won the pitch for providing media plannin…