Smartair Raises $6 Million for Dynamic Packaging Tech: Travel Startup Funding This Week

Skift | August 30, 2019

This week, travel startups announced more than $46 million in funding.We reported on Thursday that Mews Systems had raised a $33 million Series B round led by Battery Ventures.Smartair, a search engine for flights and vacation packages, has raised a $6 million Series A round.Travel agency Talma Travel and Tours led the round along with Alpha Capital.Smartair and Talma plan to create a company that helps run and market tourism websites in Israel and overseas, using the system built by Smartair. The startup lets travelers put together flights and hotels via so-called dynamic packaging.In Africa, Smartair wants to accelerate the move from traditional retail travel agencies to online travel services. It’s setting up websites led by locals, replicating a model it has used in some Middle Eastern countries.

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