German travel startup Tourlane raises $24 million from Sequoia

Berlin-based travel booking platform Tourlane has raised a $24 million Series B funding round led by Sequoia Capital with participation from existing investors Spark Capital, Holtzbrinck Ventures, and DN Capital. Founded in 2016, the startup has now attracted a total of $34 million. Tourlane is a planning and booking service for individuals and groups that […]

Berlin-based language learning startup Babbel acquires LingoVentura to expand into language travel

German-founded language learning app Babbel has announced its expansion into the language travel market with the acquisition of a Berlin-based startup LingoVentura. The latter already operates a language travel platform that handles bookings for 200 language schools in over 100 cities and countries. “The language travel market today looks a lot like travel market in […]

UK-based Secret Escapes acquires what’s left of TravelBird after a few months of negotiations

It only took two weeks after Amsterdam-based TravelBird officially filed for insolvency for its assets to get acquired, the Financieele Dagblad reports. The UK-based Secret Escapes, a competing travel booking platform with a luxury focus, has made the largest bid “by far,” according to the bankruptcy curator Jan Padberg. The British company will receive the intellectual property, […]

Luxembourg’s B2B hospitality startup Travelsify picks up €5 million

Travelsify, a Luxembourg-funded hotel tech startup that offers advanced analytics for hotels, has raised €5 million in a funding round led by AccorHotels. The deal brings the total capital raised by the startup to over €8 million. Working with hotel groups, hotel investors, online booking platforms, technology providers, and targeted advertising platforms, Travelsify has come […]