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Founded in 2008, the site—currently the No. 1 travel company to watch on Momentum Index, which ranks current start-ups—offers 200,000 unique listings available in more than 25,000 cities and 192 countries; the company has raised $7.8 million from venture capital firms Sequoia Capital (Google, Yahoo, PayPal) and Greylock Partners (Facebook, Groupon).
According to the research, 55 per cent of internet users in the UK book their holidays online; furthermore, 9 per cent of internet users book their holidays on the high street after conducting their own research online, while 17 per cent of users will carry out research online prior to booking their holidays via the telephone.
In the accommodations category, we’re loving —a hotel review site, begun in 2008, that strives to tell the true story about what’s hot and what’s not, particularly through its great Photo Fakeouts,” which pit marketing against reality—and , a marketplace for travelers to list and book unique worldwide private properties, from city apartments to country villas.
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