Chinese startup database ITjuzi recently released the newest round-up of online tourism services. In ITjuzi’s database, there are overall 337 startups fall into this vertical category, while 41 companies or 12.2% of the total have secured capital injections in the past year. Please read the Chinese report here.
Let’s take a look at the 10 must-visit tourism sites recommended by the database:
Shijiebang is an outbound and backpack tourism service platform which provides custom and cost-effective tourism services. The company secured tens of million dollars in Series A financing from angel investors led by Yahoo founder Jerry Yang, Fosun Capital and ChinaRock.
Founded in December 2012, 8trip, a B2B tourism service, serves as a platform that bridge the gap between upstream tourism service providers and downstream travelling agencies, improving the trading efficiency for the two parties. The company raised 150 million yuan ($24.45 million) of funding from Vision Knight Capital and SBCVC last November.
Tujia is a hotel reservation platform that provides online searching, checking and trading services for hotel booking services at tourism destinations. The company provides three types of services: 1) online booking for middle and high-end holiday apartments; 2) housekeeping service for properties; 3) open trusteeship. The company secured overall 400 million yuan of capital in two rounds of investments. The first round is raised in February 2013 from consortium consists of Ctrip, GGV, Lightspeed, Homeaway, CDHfund, Qiming Ventures, CBC, while the second round is raised in May 2013.
Wuxinghui started as a high-quality catering service when it was founded in 2010. The company shifted its focus to online tourism in 2013, recommending flight ticket and hotel services across the country for backpack travelers. The company received tens of millions of dollars in Series A funding led by IDG and CDHfund. The angel round is from angel investors like Ji Qi and Wu Jiong.
117go is a travel diary app supporting sharing of photos, locations, stories, among other things in a timeline. The app now registered more than 5 million of users. The company has received $1 million of Series A funding from RedPoint and millions of dollars in Series B financing from Alibaba. Tang Yibo, former exec of Ctrip, joined 117go as president in last September.
Breadtrip an app that tracks the whole trip of a user and remembers all the photos, travel stories and locations the user uploads. The company just booked tens of millions of dollars in Series B financing led by CBC and followed by Vertex Venture, an existing investor who injected $2 million in Series A.
Founded in 2011, Yaochufa is a flash sale site for high-end hotel and vacation services. The company secured angel invest from Innovation Works and millions of dollars from Vertex Venture last December.
Founded in 2013, Vpiao is an e-ticket solution provider for tourism attractions. It offers both hardware and software like e-ticket distribution platform and scanning devices. The company has received millions of yuan of angel investments from Innovation Works.
Yododo is an online tourism community for backpack travelers. The company received 25 million of Series A financing from Gobi Partners in November of 2013.
Founded in 2013, Ilvxing promotes tourism services on WeChat platform by introducing three to four services on sales price each day. Its services include tourism services, discount flight tickets, and hotels. The company received angel investment last December.
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