Investments


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Can startup unicorns fly in business travel?
By Jill Palmer - Click Travel  | April 16, 2019
An influx of businesses describe themselves as fundamentally changing the model of business travel - and raising a lot of capital to do so. But should we look beyond the "unicorn" hype? Read More
Opinion | Startups
Middle East, part 2: The travel startup scene
Middle East, part 2: The travel startup scene
By Mitra Sorrells | April 15, 2019
For part two in our series on the Middle East we explore the startup ecosystem with input from founders, investors and support programs. Read More
News | Startups
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Northstar Travel Group acquires Travel Technology Europe owner Centaur Media Travel
By PhocusWire | April 10, 2019
Northstar Travel Group acquires Centaur Travel Media, owner of the Business Travel Show and Travel Technology Europe. Read More
News | Distribution
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ARC makes first venture capital investment in travel blockchain developer
By Mitra Sorrells | April 5, 2019
ARC has made a Series A investment in Blockskye, a company it is collaborating with to develop blockchain-based solutions for corporate travel. Read More
News | Technology
Amadeus CEO on how to manage the speed of innovation in travel
Amadeus CEO on how to manage the speed of innovation in travel
By Mitra Sorrells | April 4, 2019
Amadeus' Luis Maroto spoke about the pace of innovation in travel and finding the right talent to address that challenge during an interview at the World Travel and Tourism Council's Global Summit in... Read More
News | Technology
Middle East countries accelerate quantum computing research
Middle East countries accelerate quantum computing research
By Alicia Buller - Computer Weekly  | April 1, 2019
Universities in Saudi Arabia, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates have launched quantum computing research groups to cultivate homegrown knowledge of the tech. Read More
Notated News | Technology
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Sounding Off: There's nothing wrong with being smart about investment cash
By PhocusWire | March 29, 2019
As unprofitable Lyft secures its multi-billion valuation IPO, startups in ground transportation and elsewhere should reflect on what their own strategy does for them. Read More
Interview | Online
Uber eyes Middle East with $3.1B acquisition of Careem
Uber eyes Middle East with $3.1B acquisition of Careem
By Kevin May | March 26, 2019
The purchase price will be split between $1.4 billion in cash and $1.7 billion in convertible notes, Uber said when confirming the acquisition this week. Read More
News | Online
Japan Airlines and Travelport unite to create domestic distribution platform
Japan Airlines and Travelport unite to create domestic distribution platform
By Kevin May | March 22, 2019
Travelport will form a joint venture with Japan Airlines to take over the running of the former global distribution system known as Axess. Read More
News | Distribution
Guesty leads short-term rental software race with $35M raise
Guesty leads short-term rental software race with $35M raise
By Jill Menze | March 21, 2019
The property management platform’s funding now totals $60 million - the highest of any other software in the short-term rental space, according to the company. Read More
News | Technology
Zuzu Hospitality Solutions expands in Asia Pacific with $3.7M round
Zuzu Hospitality Solutions expands in Asia Pacific with $3.7M round
By Jill Menze | March 20, 2019
Revenue management service Zuzu Hospitality Solutions has notched $3.7 million in a Series A round. Read More
News | Technology
Drivezy eyes $100M investment round and international growth
Drivezy eyes $100M investment round and international growth
By Kevin May | March 15, 2019
The round will bring its total to-date in the region of £250 million, through a combination of debt financing and a recent round in late-2018 of $20 million. Read More
News | Online
AirAsia launches venture capital fund to grow startup base in Southeast Asia
AirAsia launches venture capital fund to grow startup base in Southeast Asia
By Jill Menze | March 5, 2019
The low-cost carrier’s venture arm, RedBeat Ventures, is establishing the VC fund - dubbed RedBeat Capital - alongside a strategic partnership with San Francisco-based startup accelerator and venture... Read More
News | Online
Digital disruption in China shows anything possible from e-commerce giants
Digital disruption in China shows anything possible from e-commerce giants
By Mohan Subramaniam and Raj Rajgopal - Sloan MIT  | February 26, 2019
Recent events in the Chinese banking industry to highlight how these massive digital newcomers gain powerful consumer experience insights from their digital ecosystems and how this changed the nature of... Read More
Notated News | Technology
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Accor goes down experiences route as it unveils All loyalty platform
By Linda Fox | February 22, 2019
Accor has unveiled its new loyalty platform All combining its loyalty program and distribution. Read More
News | Distribution