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    Travel, Tourism & Hospitality FTE global to have galaxy of speakers

    Senior figures from American Airlines, Reach Airports and JetBlue Technology Ventures will share future visions and insights at FTE Global, from December 7 to 9 at Las Vegas.   Speaker recruitment for FTE Global is well underway and the organisers are pulling together an incredible agenda in which everyone who takes to the stage will have something genuinely new and inspirational to share, with critical insights and learnings on future trends and successful transformation strategies to help one be ready for tomorrow’s world.    In a session focusing on “How should future airports look and operate in the post-Covid-19 world […] More

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    Framey has raised USD1m in seed investment to build social travel app

    European travel startup Framey has closed a USD1 million seed funding round led by ICE Capital from Dubai, and backed by Romanian based JECO Capital.  The company, planning to disrupt the way people plan their trips, will use the funds to invest in its technology, scale up its operations and launch globally. Founded in 2019 by Romanian entrepreneurs Robert Preoteasa and Alexandru Iulian Florea, Framey is building an inspiring platform where users can go through the entire process of a travel journey, from dreaming to planning, experiencing and sharing.  “We are very excited about our next chapter post funding closing […] More

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    Australia’s Skyfii Targets Airport Tech Market Globally With Its Computer Vision Acquisition

    Skyfii, a Sydney-based tech company, completed this week its acquisition of CrowdVision, a Los Angeles-based startup that uses artificial intelligence, computer vision, and Lidar (or safe, invisible laser beams) to study passenger flows at airports. The deal will help Skyfii to sell its location-based analytics and marketing tools to airports and other venues worldwide. “Tracking a passenger’s journey from curb to gate-side is a holy grail for airport operators, but no tech platform can do this well today,” said Skyfii CEO Wayne Arthur. “This acquisition gets us much closer than we think anyone else can for delivering a full picture.” […] More

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    STARTUP STAGE: ModiHost is a hotel management system using AI and blockchain

    ModiHost ModiHost is a hotel management system that uses artificial intelligence to personalize the guest experience and blockchain and smart contracts to build in transparency and efficiency for hoteliers. Based in Singapore, ModiHost launched in 2019 and currently has 15 employees. What is your 30-second pitch to investors? ModiHost is a new platform for hotels that uses artificial intelligence to offer a better hotel management system, centered around personalization of the guest experience. In turn, we aim to drive increased spending and brand loyalty. We feel that we have cracked the code that many hotels haven’t, offering a solution for […] More

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    WIT STARTUP PITCH 2021 is Back for Budding Travel Companies | Grit Daily News

    WiT Startup Pitch is back with the support of Amazon Web Services (AWS), the most comprehensive and broadly adopted cloud platform in the world, in its fourth year running. Under the collaboration, not only are selected startups provided with over US$250,000 worth of AWS credits, but AWS also will support new technology with the WiT Startup Pitch 2021 via the AWS Activate program. Chosen companies will receive the tools and resources for startups to grow and scale their businesses. The WiT Startup Pitch is open to all startups involved in the travel industry. WiT looks for ground-breaking new ideas and […] More

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    Israeli-founded travel tech startup Bookaway raises USD 35 million | KrASIA

    Israeli travel support startup Bookaway announced on Wednesday that it had raised USD 35 million in its Series B funding round, led by Israeli VC company Aleph with participation from Corner Ventures, Entrée Capital, and a group of angel investors led by Elad Kushnir, COO of Huuuge Games. Founded in Tel Aviv in 2017, Bookaway helps travelers better navigate their transportation options. Users can search for and compare bus, ferry, and train tickets around the world through Bookaway’s aggregated platform, which also allows transport operators to better understand demand and manage their fleet. Bookaway’s system comes with a booking management system, […] More

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    Thrust Carbon finds sweet spot in corporate travel programmes – WIT

    EVERY startup needs to find its product-market-fit moment and it appears that for Thrust Carbon, which came out of an IATA hackathon in 2019, its time has arrived. According to Glenn Thorsen, director of partnerships, Thrust Carbon started out as an offset API that plugged into airline checkout systems, for individual travellers. Previously, explained Thorsen, the option to offset travel emissions was often just a checkbox (usually ignored) at the end of the checkout process. Thrust Carbon aimed to offer a level of differentiation by allowing travellers to select the projects their offsets would go towards, generating a greater sense […] More

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    Another 2.2 million stimulus checks just went out — and it’s a great reminder to file your taxes, and ex-CEO of social media startup admits duping investors by claiming company had ‘Shark Tank’ backing

    Hi there, MarketWatchers. Don’t miss these top stories: More than 1 in 10 Americans invested in crypto this year — here’s how they differ from stock market investors ‘Cryptocurrencies are opening up investing opportunities for more diverse investors.’ Read More Ex-CEO of social media startup admits duping investors by claiming company had ‘Shark Tank’ backing Investors in Brazzlebox accused the CEO of using their money to pay for vacations, jewelry and to support his ex-stripper girlfriend. Read More Another 2.2 million stimulus checks just went out — and it’s a great reminder to file your taxes There are benefits to […] More

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