Skyscanner acquires hotel search site

Skyscanner acquires hotel search site

Barcelona-based internet hotel search firm Fogg has been taken over by Skyscanner.

The deal is seen as a “significant step” in boosting the flight search company’s offering.

The acquisition of Fogg for an undisclosed sum follows the introduction of a car rental engine in 200 markets around the world.

Skyscanner aims to integrate Fogg's hotel search into its site by the end of the year.

Currently available in English and Spanish, the service will be expanded to cover 30 languages, and will see a further increase in the company’s hotel coverage.

Edinburgh-based Skyscanner is also opening a new office in Barcelona, where all five of Fogg’s full-time employees will be based. Skyscanner plans to expand the office with new staff in engineering and other disciplines.

The acquisition comes at a time when the company is moving into the US, Canada and Latin American markets with a recently-opened Miami office.

Chief executive Gareth Williams said:  “Our users are going to love our hotel search as a result of this acquisition. We built the best flight search product anywhere in the world. We then expanded that offering into car rental. And today we’ve taken a big step towards completing the picture in the space of hotel search.

“The Fogg team share Skyscanner’s passion for simple, natural and flexible travel solutions, bringing inspiration back into the travel experience. It makes them the perfect fit for us.

“Skyscanner is opening a new office in Barcelona where Fogg’s full time staff will be based. We’ll build it out from there.”

His Fogg counterpart Carlos González added: “This is an exciting time for our small team. After four years of building the fastest, most human hotel search engine, we’re finally able to accelerate our ambitions by joining the world’s fastest growing international travel search company.”

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