Update! Check out the list of travel startups to watch out in 2020
Innovation has changed the way we look at travel, and startups have a lot to say on this topic. Every year, we choose the top startups that are changing the industry, startups that you should know about.
This was our selection for 2019:
- Klook: Klook is Asia's largest in-destination travel services booking platform. It has raised a total of $296.5M in funding over 5 rounds.
- Traveloka: Traveloka is reinforcing the Thai market with three strategies as part of plans to become a leading online travel agency (OTA) in Southeast Asia.
- Adara: Adara works with the world’s largest airlines, hotels and rental car companies to fuel their personalized messaging and relevant offers by stitching together millions of unique traveler profiles and proprietary travel data globally.
- Away: Away is a travel accessories brand selling high-end smart luggage direct to consumers for a low price. It recently raised another $50 million to drive growth.
- TripActions: TripActions is a corporate travel management company which recently raised $154 million in VC funding at a $1 billion valuation.
- GoEuro: GoEuro is a multi-mode search tool that enables travelers to compares and book rail, air and bus to anywhere in Europe with one simple search, in one place on mobile, app or desktop. They just raised a new $150 million funding round.
- TravelPerk: TravelPerk helps businesses manage travel for free. They have raised over $70 million in VC funding.
- Evaneos: Evaneos is a web platform helping travelers design, estimate the cost, and book personalized multi-day trips by connecting them with local agents. This French startup recently closed a $80 million round.
- Hopper: Hopper is a mobile-only travel app which uses AI to analyze billions of prices daily to predict how prices will change and tells you whether to buy or wait. It recently raised $100 million in funding and is valued at $780 million.
- OYO: India’s largest hospitality startup which operates a network of budget hotels. The company was founded in 2013 by 18-year-old Ritesh Agarwal and has now raised more than $1.5 billion from the likes of Sequoia Capital and Softbank.
Editor's Note: This post was originally published in January 2019, and has been updated since then.
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