Saveology, the innovative daily deal startup making headlines of late, has now launched their discount deal website for Boston. Saveology users now have access to more than 28 national and local markets. If it’s simple and carefree you want in “opt in” dealing Boston, now you got it.
Troopswap.com, an innovative deal network for military service people and vets, has announced a 925 thousand dollar round of funding from angel investors. The funding will be used to further expand Troopswap’s innitiatives from Hampton Roads, Virginia, to Washington DC and San Diego, California.
In budget travel news, sightseeing tour company, Tours4Fun, announced a new partnership with Hop2 Travel for offering direct access for affordable flights. The Los Angeles based tour company will also add Hop2 offerings like car rentals, hotels, and even cruises for their clients. Argo takes a look at this news bit to evaluate some OTA corporate moves – is this news or not? Let’s see.
In travel technology news today, Concur, an integrated travel and expense management company, announced a $5 million dollar investment in the Yapta airfare and hotel rate tracking service. Accordingly, Cloncur will now use Yapta exclusively for their TripIt Pro user accounts.
Oyster.com, one of the most innovative travel review entities in the world, announces what they term “Oyster Shots” – a first ever photo powered hotel search engine.
Vacation home rental innovators, VacationRoost, launched their new website today. The new rental portal features some 150,000 plus managed vacation rentals from North America, to Mexico and the Caribbean, and beyond. Argo takes a look at the new site, and at least one deal for a great summer vacation; “Barbados anyone?”
Club Med, the big Daddy of all inclusive vacationing, just announced the return of their popular WOW Sale. This season all inclusive seven night escapes start as low as $899 per person. And for the first time ever guests can book ahead into October 2012.
ideeli, Inc. announces an all new flash sale shopping site with a very cool travel component. Powered by Voyage Prive, the first and largest global private flash sale travel group, ideeli travel goes a long way toward connecting travelers with curated travel offers and booking simplicity. With a maze of online travel sites springing up everywhere, maybe it’s time for an old fashioned travel store?
EuroCheapo, one of the online world’s most popular travel sites, celebrates their 10th anniversary this week. According to the news the European budget hotel finders will also launch new guides for Zurich and San Francisco.
For all those investors who emailed to ask me if the American Airlines slash Orbitz fight would be a game changer, the news today of skyrocketing Orbitz stock prices is as good an answer as any. Orbitz Worldwide Inc. bounced shares upward on an Illinois court reversal of their case against American Airlines. The court ordered American to resume selling flights via the online travel agency.
Private equity firm Permira, and France’s Axa, have received the “go” from EU regulators in their bid to buy online travel entity Opodo. The two investors intent to merge the Spanish Opodo company with Go Voyages and eDreams will create one of the digital world’s biggest online booking agencies.
Orbitz continues celebrating their 10 Year Anniversary with some exclusive deals for their customers. For the Summer, Orbitz is offering discounted International Flights, and International hotel deals. Be sure and check out Argo’s “Quick Booking” evaluation.
Some really great online travel sites never even get mentioned. What with all the stories about American Airlines, Google, Expedia, Orbitz, Microsoft, even Bing, how is the consumer ever to know who the best is. What we often see is not innovation or anything approaching the best, it’s marketing and big business.
A report on Baltic tourism for 2011 shows levels of traffic approaching per-recession levels in all three Baltic states.
If you thought Cyber Monday deals were just for online retails shops you were wrong. The online travel industry has hopped on the Cyber Monday bandwagon big time this year. Early bookings and other special arrangements equal huge savings for the cyber savvy traveler.