Friday 28 July 2017

HotelTonight app in €34m funding round

HotelTonight secured a partnership with the English Premier League football team Chelsea FC
HotelTonight secured a partnership with the English Premier League football team Chelsea FC

Lauren Hirsch

The last-minute hotel booking app HotelTonight has raised $37m (€34m) in a funding round as it seeks to expand its international hotel network and invest in marketing campaigns.

The Series E funding round, which was led by venture capital firm Accel Partners and valued the San Francisco-based company at roughly $500m (€462m), brings it one step forward to an eventual initial public offering, though the company has yet to outline such plans.

HotelTonight had $500m in sales last year and is turning a profit.

Users of HotelTonight can use the app to book hotels up to a week in advance, often at a discount. It has 25,000 hotel partners in more than 30 countries, which unload unused rooms onto the platform.

HotelTonight is counting on its sleek mobile interface to compete against its much larger booking competitor, Expedia.

Company founder Sam Shank said that 40pc of hotel room inventory goes unsold every night.

Earlier this year, HotelTonight secured a partnership with the English Premier League football team Chelsea FC.

The company's other investors include Battery Ventures, US Venture Partners, GGV Capital, Coatue Management and First Round Capital, which also invested in the most recent round.

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