Rome2Rio has raised A$450,000 in seed funding and appointed Viator founder Rod Cuthbert as ‘Interim CEO’. The money, sourced from Melbourne entrepreneurs Guy King and Bevan Clark, founders of RetailMeNot, will be used for staffing and B2B business development. Mr Cuthbert said Rome2Rio is focussed on signing up travel industry partners to broaden distribution of its ‘how to get there’ search technology.
Dubbed multi-modal search, Rome2Rio scans plane, train, bus and ferry timetables to find the most efficient way to get from A to B.
“There’s a good vibe about Rome2Rio within the industry, and a growing view that consumers will soon demand multi-modal search results, particularly for travel in Europe and other markets where air travel is often not the best option,” Mr Cuthbert said.
“Those two things combine to provide an opening for Rome2Rio to deliver tools that allow any site to incorporate multi-modal search results, at little or no cost, into their own offerings”.
Rome2Rio co-founder Michael Cameron said he was extremely pleased to get the funding and new partners. Until this point, Rome2Rio was self-funded, which had been tough at times.
Mr Cameron said Rome2Rio planned to release several new versions of its API within the next few months.
– Michael Cameron will be speaking at TRAVELtech in Sydney on September 7.