Search engine Travel Meta Search, which hopes to fill a void in the fragmented online travel sector in Europe and Asia, said in an interview it has raised €8 million ($10.2 million) and expects to launch a consumer travel site this fall.

In an exclusive interview with Red Herring, the site, whose name will be revealed in October, will search airfares, hotels, car rentals, and vacation packages from both mainstream and discount airline sites. The search engine was formed by the merger of Singapore’s and France’s Coelis.

Paris-based Sofinnova Partners invested €5.5 million in Travel Meta, and Walden International, headquartered in San Francisco, invested €2.5 million. “Search tools to help Internet users get good deals are an exciting opportunity,” said Sofinnova General Partner Olivier Protard.

Travel Meta’s robust search technology may set it apart from competitors. Jerome Thil, the company’s chief technology officer, said his company can “scrape” data from millions of web pages, whereas most travel sites can cull information from hundreds or thousands of pages.

Travel Meta is based in Singapore, and headed by founder Pascal Bordat, a French engineer with a master’s degree from Stanford University. Prior to, Mr. Bordat had been COO of He also spent a decade at Amadeus, a global travel booking system created by Air France, Lufthansa, Iberia, and SAS. Coelis, which merged with last month, is a Strasbourg-based company that operates French travel site Tazzoo.

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