Chinese travel company Ctrip acquires Trip.com

Chinese travel company  Ctrip has bought a Palo Alto, California based startup called Trip.com.
Trip.com ( a one-stop travel booking services available in 13 languages ) was founded in 2010 by former Myspace exec Travis Katz and has raised $39 million from investors like Battery Ventures, Redpoint and others. Trip.com has built an extensive hotel booking network with more than 1.2 million hotels in 200 countries and regions. Ctrip , founded in 1999 in Shanghai, China, is a leading provider of travel services  and it trades in the US on NASDAQ with a market cap of $25 billion.

Hitlist finally releases an Android App

Hitlist,  an app which helps to grab  flight and travel bargains has finally released an android app. The app takes your location and then sifts through a multitude of deals from its travel partners, giving you cheap flights to various destinations starting from your location, which you can instantly book from the app.

Some of the major features of the app include :

  • Automatically get notified of cheap flight deals.
  • Discover new destinations in Explore Lists.
  • Plan a trip or add destinations to your “Hitlist”, then get live updates when flight prices drop
  • Plan your trip based on your interests and local airport.
  • Find cheap flights with the flight price tracker.

GetYourGuide – Travel activities booking platform announces $75M Series D

GetYourGuide is announcing a $75M Series D, led by Battery Ventures bringing its total raised to $170 Million.  They claim to be the world’s largest online platform for booking tours, attractions and activities.

They are mainly focused on European markets – as most of their travel destinations are in Europe ( and also most of their customers are from Germany and the United Kingdom). They are seeing some traction here in United States.

GetYourGuide was founded in 2009 by Tobias Rein, Martin Sieber, Johannes Reck and Tao.

Investor Info :    Battery Ventures is a technology focused Investment firm ( with headquarters in Boston, Massachusetts ) , founded in 1983 by Rick Frisbie, Howard Anderson & Bob Barrett.  It has total assets of 5.8 Billion USD and over 60 employees. ( as a side note, another travel tech company trip.com, which raised $39 Million USD from Battery ventures, Red point and others, was acquired by Ctrip – the Chinese travel giant)

Some of the most popular tours on GetYourGuide is –

London Harry Potter Tours
Reykjavik Day Trips
Reykjavik Tours
Chicago Cruises & Water Tours
New York Cruises & Water Tours
Reykjavik Dolphin & Whalewatching Tours
Dubai Desert Safaris
Husavik Dolphin & Whalewatching Tours
Rome Tickets
Chicago River & Harbor Cruises
San Francisco Cruises & Water Tours
Paris Tickets
Dubai Air & Helicopter Tours
Edinburgh Ghost & Vampire Tours
Amsterdam Cruises & Water Tours
Victoria Dolphin & Whalewatching Tours
Dubai Camel Riding Tours
Boston Cruises & Water Tours
Chicago Architecture Tours
Krakow Tours
Venice Gondola tours
Rome City Cards
Florence Wine Tasting & Winery Tours
Reykjavik Northern Lights
Cairns Snorkeling
Barcelona Tickets
Chicago City Cards
Las Vegas Air & Helicopter Tours
Bordeaux Wine Tasting & Winery Tours
Paris Hop-on Hop-off Tours

Travel metasearch company Skyscanner buys Twizoo

Travel metasearch company Skyscanner ( online comparison platform for flights, hotels and car rental) has bought the London based startup Twizoo ( Founded in May 2013 by Madeline Parra and John Talbott).
Twizoo specializes in development of a platform for automating social content distribution.

Skyscanner’s CTO Bryan mentioned that the company’s aim is to “serve all traveler needs, from inspiration through to planning and booking”.