Utrip, the Seattle-based travel planning platform, announced today that it has raised $850,000 in its second round of funding this year. A number of the company’s past investors participated in the round, including Costco CFO Richard Galanti. Utrip also brought on some new blood with the round, including Finagraph CEO James Walter.
The new investment means that Utrip has raised a total of $1.6 million this year, including the $750,000 round of funding it announced in April.
In addition to the funding, the company also announced the launch of Traveler Insight Reports, which offer travel industry insiders a glimpse into how and why travelers who visit certain areas behave. The reports, which will allow tourism agencies and businesses to better tailor opportunities for tourists, are available for each of the 32 markets that Utrip currently serves.
“Utrip has had a momentous fourth quarter–winning the TechFlash Cup, launching our new Insight Reports, and presenting to thousands of travel professionals at PhoCusWright in Los Angeles and Buy Tourism Online in Florence,” Utrip founder and CEO Gilad Berenstein said in a press release. “We have been able to turn that momentum into new funding and new clients.”
The company’s new clients include the tourism office of Munich, Germany; Visit Spokane and Personality Hotels in San Francisco, Utrip’s first hotel client.
It’s been a big year for Utrip, which announced its new Utrip Pro white label travel planning platform for tourism boards and other clients in September.