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News / Startups
UnTours Foundation plans $10M investment for better tourism future
By Linda Fox | February 2, 2023
The foundation's partners include Expedia Group, TUI Care Foundation, Adventure Travel Trade... Read More
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News / Online
Mondee gains foothold in Brazil with Orinter acquisition
By Linda Fox | February 1, 2023
Mondee, which went public via special purpose acquisition company in July 2022, sees Brazil as a... Read More
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News / Technology
Traveler well-being and the shift to purposeful business travel
By Linda Fox | February 1, 2023
Three years from the start of the pandemic, there is talk beyond safety to more of a focus on traveler... Read More
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News / Online
Plusgrade acquires UpStay to expand ancillary revenue solutions
By Kathryn Walson | January 31, 2023
Founded in 2009, Montreal-based Plusgrade says it has more than 200 airline, hospitality, cruise, rail... Read More
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News / Online
Survey finds travel loyalty programs fall short of consumer expectations
By Kathryn Walson | January 31, 2023
The report, based on surveys conducted late last year, points to four key areas in which loyalty... Read More
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News / Startups
Expedia Group kicks off startup accelerator focused on underserved travelers
By Linda Fox | January 31, 2023
Startups selected for the accelerator, announced in September 2022, will spend the next five months... Read More
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News / Technology
Airlines plan tech investment boost to drive efficiency
By Linda Fox | January 31, 2023
The latest SITA report on aviation technology reveals investment priorities including cybersecurity... Read More
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News / Online
New efforts spotlight sustainability in rentals
By Kathryn Walson | January 31, 2023
While the hotel industry is awash in sustainability certifications, there is a dearth of them in the... Read More
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News / Online
EaseMyTrip acquires majority stake in hotel booking business cheQin
By Linda Fox | January 27, 2023
The deal strengthens EaseMyTrip’s hotel channels and puts it in a “great position to give its... Read More
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Interview / Startups
STARTUP STAGE: Connect-EZ provides in-app calling for travelers
By Kathryn Walson | January 27, 2023
Founded in 2020, the London-based company aims to make it easier for travelers to communicate with... Read More

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News / Online
Q&A: Trivago CEO shares vision for “moment in time” when travel resumes in a post-crisis world
Trivago CEO Axel Hefer discusses his outlook for travel, how Trivago is preparing for the future and... Read More
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News / Technology
Hotelmize raises Series B funding from Alibaba, establishes APAC headquarters in Hong Kong
 Hotelmize is aiming to gain a foothold in Asia Pacific and to expand operations in the region... Read More
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News / Technology
Health startup Air Doctor gets $7.8M to make medical care accessible for travelers
With health becoming a major concern in the travel industry due to the COVID-19 pandemic, a... Read More
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News / Startups
Funding for travel startups was plentiful - then came coronavirus
Entrepreneur Souzana Theodoridou explains how a funding deal for travel experience platform Grekaddict... Read More
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News / Technology
Business travel platform Huilianyi raises $42M, aims for global expansion
Shanghai-based business travel platform Huilianyi has landed RMB 300 million (about $42 million) in... Read More
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News / Technology
Despite difficult times, ride-share company Via lands $200M investment
 Real-time ride-sharing company Via is now valued at a $2.25 billion thanks to a new $200 million... Read More
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News / Startups
Should travel startups go into “hibernation mode” during the coronavirus?
Venture capitalists weigh in on how travel startups could survive the economic fallout from COVID-19.... Read More
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News / Online
Could addiction to debt come back to haunt some online travel companies?
If revenue drops due to COVID-19, past debt will make it more challenging for online travel companies... Read More
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Electric air taxi company Lilium raises $240M toward developing regional service
The German company is developing an emissions-free, vertical takeoff air taxi that it plans to operate... Read More
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February 2, 2023
UnTours Foundation plans $10M investment for better tourism future
The foundation's partners include Expedia Group, TUI Care Foundation, Adventure Travel Trade... Read More