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Travel Onion Peels off Skin to Reveal Daily Deal Move

Travel Onion, a three-year old, US-based startup, relaunched this month to become an aggregation service for about 120 daily deals sites along with blogs and contests.

Each week, the site will post and send and out an e-mail newsletter highlighting the best deals from major daily deal sites such as Groupon, LivingSocial, Jetsetter, Travelzoo, and SniqueAway.

The goal is to spare travelers having to read through multiple flash-sale sites to find a deal. It does the homework for them, so to speak.

In 2010, Cal Simmons launched Travel Onion in Alexandria, Virginia, as a content-aggregation site with travel news blogs from major world cities.

The previous blog-aggregation focus was, in Simmons’ words:

“a bit of a miscalculation. We invested time and effort into the previous site focusing primarily as a blog collections site with some travel contests and no deals. In previous years we underestimated the public’s desire to find deals and contests and now hope to capture their attention through our new, re-launched site.”

In 2011, Simmons created Luxury Hotelist booking site, building on the success of his other consumer-facing site The Best Hotels of the World. He is one of the most prominent independent travel agents in the US to fully embrace digital media.

Simmons says Travel Onion currently receives 10,000 unique visitors a month, and he aims to scale that up.

Travel Onion is a self-funded company that has three other team members and makes money through advertising and affiliate fees from bookings. Its strategy is to monetize primarily through ads.

The first marketing effort will focus on promotion in major publications, such as International Business Times and Business Traveler USA.

It’s a long way from 1976, when Simmons founded his own travel agency, Cal Simmons Travel, which grew throughout the 1980s and 1990s.

July 19, 2012
Tnooz

Simmons Hotel Guides

Cal Simmons, a 35 year veteran of the travel industry, announced today a unique new platform allowing hoteliers to promote their properties through a series of social media outlets

January 11, 2012
Simmons Hotel Guides

I Don't Care How You Get There, Just Get There If You Can

Enter Travel Onion and it’s new feature “Travel Contests”. Launched today, this site that consists of about 200 Editor’s Choice Travel blogs (the Punch made the DC list, whoohoo!) from all over, now offers a way for the most frugal and lucky traveler to get from Point A to M to Z and back again.  Check it out, enter and may your passport runneth over

June 10, 2011
Pamela's Punch

Travel Onion: City Editor, London

This week, a new travel website launched in America, a website that showcases the best blogs to represent each city. I’ve been given the honour of being “City Editor” for London and look forward to contributing. It’s a great resource if you’re looking for other cool London links or plan to travel abroa

July 6, 2010
Little London Observationist

Travel Onion Website Launches Travel Contests Directory As New Feature

Travel Onion today announced the debut of a new feature on the site: Travel Onion Contests. Keeping in line with the driving idea behind Travel Onion, that great travel content exists around the web but can be very hard to find, Travel Onion editors are now aggregating worldwide sweepstakes in an easy to use directory page

June 9, 2010
Travel Onion

Long Time Travel Industry Executive Announces the Launch of Travel Onion - An Aggregation Website of the World's Best Travel Blogs

ALEXANDRIA, Va.April 15 /PRNewswire/ --  "Great travel content exists on the web, it's just hard to find," says Cal Simmons, the founder of www.travelonion.com.  Simmons, an established travel industry executive has had multiple successes creating unique travel related websites.

May 15, 2010
PR Newswire

We Recommend: Travel Onion

This week, a new travel website launched in America, a website that showcases the best blogs to represent each city. I’ve been given the honour of being “City Editor” for London and look forward to contributing. It’s a great resource if you’re looking for other cool London links or plan to travel abroad

April 30, 2010
Spoonfed Blog

DC Like a Local Around Town

Well, naturally we think we're awesome, but it's nice to see that others are picking up on the idea that DC Like a Local is a great source of information for those that wish to get more out of their visit to Washington, DC. Recently, we've had a couple of organizations add us to their feed, and I'd like to thank them.  The first is Travel Onion, a site that aggregates blogs and other web content about various cities, to help you (and often I), the helpless wanderer, to get your bearings

April 21, 2010
The District

Alexandria-Based Travel Onion Launches Site Aggregating Travel Blogs

Alexandria, Va. -- Longtime travel industry executive Cal Simmons on Friday officially launched Travel Onion, an Alexandria-based site that aggregates content from travel blogs and newsletters worldwide. Simmons, the co-founder of Fivestaralliance.com, an online travel agency for luxury hotel bookings, said that the site aims to highlight the best travel content from social media and blogs

April 16, 2010
Potomac Tech Wire

Travel Onion Website Collects the Best of Travel Blogging

A new website, Travel Onion, will collect the world's best travel blogs and newsletters, indexed by destination and interest. So, for example, someone planning a trip to London might go to Travel Onion to find the latest restaurant reviews, tips for booking the best theater seats or to find the most talked about nightspot at the moment

April 16, 2010
Travel Pulse

Travel Onion, NileGuide Make Express Push for Local Blog Content

Do you want to read about some lost ballerina shoes in London? How about the latest testimony in a sexual harassment suit in New York City? And, oh yes, there's a free Earth Day block party in Washington, D.C. You can find out about all of these things in blog posts on Travel Onion, an aggregator of local travel-blog content, which announced its launch April 15

April 15, 2010
Tnooz

This Site Voted One of the Best Travel Sites About London!

Very pleased: april’s london invtitation has been voted by Travel Onion as one of the best travel sites about London. It’s high praise, indeed, coming from the people at Travel Onion. Read on and be sure to check out their site where they collect the best travel blogs/sites for whatever city you may want to visit next

April 6, 2010
April's London Invitation

Travel Onion Press Release

“Great travel content exists on the web, it’s just hard to find,” says Cal Simmons, the founder ofwww.travelonion.com. Simmons, a long time travel industry executive has had multiple successes creating unique travel related web sites.  In 2005, he co-founded, www.fivestaralliance.com which went on to become one of the leading online travel agencies specializing in luxury hotel bookings.  Now, he believes social media and blogging is the next great wave for consumers planning trips

March 18, 2010
Travel Onion