With the acquisition of Tonight, HotelQuickly has expanded its footprint to 16 countries and added another 400 hotels to its roster.
The value of the deal was not disclosed.
The Hong Kong-based startup says it wants to capitalise on the Japanese market thanks to its increasing popularity and recent relaxation of visa requirements.
“Member feedback drives much of what we do at HotelQuickly, and our members told us Japan was one of the top three countries they want to visit this year,” said Christian Mischler, co-founder and COO of HotelQuickly. “Recently relaxed visa requirements, as well as more affordable flights between Tokyo and our current markets is making spontaneous travel to Japan easier than ever.”
“The integration of Tonight will take place over several weeks,” he added. “We’ve already opened deals at hotels in selected Japanese destinations, and will soon make our regional, last-minute hotel offers available to our Japanese members.”
HotelQuickly has raised a total of $5.66 million in funding, with the latest series A round of $4.5 million led by GREE in July 2014.
In an interview with DEALSTREETASIA in December last year, Mischler revealed that the startup was working on a series B fundraising round to make each of its market more localised, and also to strengthen the foothold in six Asian core markets, including Vietnam, Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia, Hong Kong and Singapore.
Local booking app Tonight, that was released by GREE in June 2014, initially to take on first movers like HotelQuickly and Hoteltonight.
It is seen as a move to tap into the anticipated growth in demand for last-minute bookings in Japan, as the government expects to attract an annual amount of 30 million inbound visitors by 2030.
HotelQuickly, which offers mobile-only discounts on rooms within a seven-day booking window available on Google Play and iTunes App Store, has seen more than two million downloads since its launch in March 2013. According to the company, around 12,000 hotels and resorts have partnered with the app to sell their room inventory to last-minute travelers.
It has a widespread presence across the Asia Pacific region, including 9 Southeast Asian countries.With its foray into Japan, the app is now supported in nine languages.