Holidu Raises More Than $5 Million for Rental Search: Travel Startup Funding This Week

Holidu | September 25, 2020

Holidu Raises More Than $5 Million for Rental Search: Travel Startup Funding This Week
Holidu, a travel tech startup, raised more than $4.6 million (€4 million) from former Booking.com CEO Kees Koolen out of his personal fund as part of a $5.8 million (€5 million) extension to its Series C round.
Holidu’s signature business is a price-comparison search tool for vacation homes. The Munich-based company has raised more than $55 million to date, according to Crunchbase.

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Business travel management during the past few decades has shown itself as a flexible and durable concept. The constants of its blueprint for success, like driving traveler compliance and directing volume to suppliers, have helped organizations adapt to once-new concepts like online booking and mobile devices, incorporating these innovations into their programs.

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CRUISE

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iCruise | October 11, 2021

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Spotlight

Business travel management during the past few decades has shown itself as a flexible and durable concept. The constants of its blueprint for success, like driving traveler compliance and directing volume to suppliers, have helped organizations adapt to once-new concepts like online booking and mobile devices, incorporating these innovations into their programs.