Holidu Raises More Than $5 Million for Rental Search: Travel Startup Funding This Week

Holidu | September 25, 2020

Holidu, a travel tech startup, raised more than $4.6 million (€4 million) from former Booking.com CEO Kees Koolen out of his personal fund as part of a $5.8 million (€5 million) extension to its Series C round.
Holidu’s signature business is a price-comparison search tool for vacation homes. The Munich-based company has raised more than $55 million to date, according to Crunchbase.

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Robots have been a staple of science fiction and childhood dreams for over a century. It’s no exaggeration to say that they have the potential to enhance our lives in ways no other interface can today. But how can social robots help humans? And which industries are on the cusp of the robotics revolution?

One example of how Furhat can be used is in the hospitality industry. Whether that's in hotels or restaurants, social robots can deliver great automated customer service that still feels human.

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Robots have been a staple of science fiction and childhood dreams for over a century. It’s no exaggeration to say that they have the potential to enhance our lives in ways no other interface can today. But how can social robots help humans? And which industries are on the cusp of the robotics revolution?

One example of how Furhat can be used is in the hospitality industry. Whether that's in hotels or restaurants, social robots can deliver great automated customer service that still feels human.

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Selina Expands into Wellness Market Through Global Retreats Partnership with Mantra, a Wellness Retreat Operator

Selina Hospitality PLC | November 04, 2022

Selina Hospitality PLC. (“Selina”; NASDAQ: SLNA), the fast-growing lifestyle and experiential hospitality company targeting millennial and Gen Z travelers has formed a strategic partnership with Mantra, a global retreat operator, to curate wellness retreats throughout Selina’s ecosystem of 163 locations across 25 countries and six contents. The expansion into the retreat market is a first for Selina, and will create a separate entity focused solely on building these enriching wellness experiences. Per Global Wellness Institute, the wellness economy is projected to reach nearly $7.0 trillion in 2025, and the Mantra partnership allows Selina to tap into this growing business segment all while maximizing synergies across distribution and operating expenses.Mantra is known for its transformative programs that create unique experiences by bringing together the best wellness instructors of yoga, meditation, and movement with a culinary experience, live music & day trips to deliver a full mind, body, soul retreat. Mantra will be curating local wellness talent (teacher, chefs, musicians, etc.) and developing customized programs across Selina's global and diversified hotel system, be it deep in the desert, the jungle or any number of Selina’s cool, urban locations. Selina is proud to champion a brand like Mantra and to be at the forefront of this evolution in global travel and retreat experiences. We see our partnership as an incredible opportunity to reach new customers and to enter the wellness market by providing leaders, teachers, and coaches with beautiful spaces to bring their unique skills and experiences to people around the world” said Selina VP Strategy, Steven O’Hayon. Prior to joining forces with Selina, Mantra had put together over 50 retreats, corporate offsites & festivals since its founding in June 2020. These events, which hosted over 5,000 people, took place in Israel, Greece, Cyprus, Egypt & Sri Lanka, and now through this partnership will expand out to even more places worldwide. “Partnering with a company that upholds such similar values and quality standards as Mantra is a dream for us. Having the support of Selina at this stage allows us to tap into their vast global reach and advanced systems to scale our presence and grow our community,” -Doron Domb, Mantra Founder & CEO. About Selina Hospitality PLC. Selina (NASDAQ: SLNA) is one of the world's largest hospitality brands built to address the needs of millennial and Gen Z travelers, blending beautifully designed accommodation with coworking, recreation, wellness, and local experiences. Custom-built for today's nomadic traveler, Selina provides guests with a global infrastructure to seamlessly travel and work abroad. Founded in 2014, each Selina property is designed in partnership with local artists, creators, and tastemakers, breathing new life into existing buildings in interesting locations around the world – from urban cities to remote beaches and jungles. Selina's portfolio includes 163 open or secured properties across 25 countries and six continents. To learn more, visit www.selina.com or follow Selina o Twitter Instagram, Facebook or YouTube.

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Fareportal and Amadeus Expand Partnership with Integration of NDC Offers

Fareportal | November 18, 2022

Fareportal’s prominence in the travel industry’s adoption of new distribution capability (NDC) to advance travel retailing is growing with its most recent integration of NDC with Amadeus, a leader in global travel technology and long-time partner of Fareportal. The company behind leading online travel agencies CheapOair and OneTravel, Fareportal has been a front-runner in NDC integrations, with multiple airlines supported over the past few years. Amadeus has been a major driver of NDC since the technology standard’s inception and has heavily invested in retailing capabilities to enable this transition for our industry. Amadeus is live with NDC-enabled content in every region of the world and deeply committed to progressing NDC adoption and collaborating to unlock opportunities for value creation. Fareportal is leveraging the benefits of the Amadeus Travel Platform to access NDC-enabled content. Among the advantages is the ability for travel sellers to search, compare, book, and service air content through one single platform. Amadeus currently is partnering with more than 20 airlines to distribute NDC-sourced content in the Amadeus Travel Platform. More than half of them are already making their NDC content available in Amadeus. For the air traveler, the benefit of NDC comes in the form of enhanced retail offerings via a single platform. Passengers can access the full suite of products offered by an airline, all within the OTA’s digital ecosystem. Amadeus’ NDC-enabled solutions allow for complex servicing capabilities for NDC offers, which help streamline customer support, providing the ability to help those travelers who require post transaction service. “Our partnership with Amadeus has continued to grow and expand over the years. This latest integration highlights the strength of its solutions and the benefit Amadeus provides to our brands, CheapOair and OneTravel.” -Werner Kunz-Cho, Fareportal CEO Sam Abdou, Executive Vice President, Airline Distribution, Search and Online, Amadeus, adds, “The fact that our long-term relationship with Fareportal continues to grow is a testament to the strength of our teams and their dedication to technology innovation. We believe that NDC is critical to the advancement of travel retailing and we are dedicated to driving its growth and success for the benefit of all players. Today’s announcement with Fareportal is significant given the role online travel agencies play in advancing NDC and accelerating its adoption around the world. About Fareportal: Fareportal is a travel technology company powering a next generation travel concierge service. Utilizing its innovative technology and company-owned and operated global contact centers, Fareportal has built strong industry partnerships providing customers access to over 500 airlines, a million lodgings, and hundreds of car rental companies around the globe. With a portfolio of consumer travel brands including CheapOair and One Travel, Fareportal enables consumers to book online, on mobile apps for iOS and Android, by phone, or live chat. Fareportal provides its airline partners with access to a broad customer base that books high-yielding international and domestic flight, hotel, and other travel and add-on ancillaries.  About Amadeus: Travel powers progress. Amadeus powers travel. Amadeus’ solutions connect travelers to the journeys they want through travel agents, search engines, tour operators, airlines, airports, hotels, cars and railways. We have developed our technology in partnership with the travel industry for over 30 years. We combine a deep understanding of how people travel with the ability to design and deliver the most complex, trusted, critical systems our customers need. In 2019, we helped connect over 1.9 billion people to local travel providers in over 190 countries. We have a global mindset and a local presence wherever our customers need us. Our purpose is to shape the future of travel. We are passionate in our pursuit of better technology that makes better journeys. Amadeus is an IBEX 35 company, listed on the Spanish Stock Exchange under AMS.MC. The company has also been recognized by the Dow Jones Sustainability Index for the last ten years.To find out more about Amadeus, visit www.amadeus.com.

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battleface Launch Robin Assist, a Tech Platform for Travel Insurance Service

battleface | January 12, 2023

battleface, a travel insurance provider, recently announced the launch of Robin Assist, a new tech-based platform as a service. It is designed for brokers, carriers, managing general agents (MGAs), and self-employed businesses. Robin Assist is supported by the global application programming interface-driven (API) insurtech platform through round-the-clock customer service, emergency medical assistance services, and claims. battleface's founders come from a travel insurance background, having worked in the roles of underwriting, claims, customer service, compliance, and emergency medical treatment. battleface has expanded distribution globally since its foundational days. The company is in the UK, EU, US, Canada, and Australia because of its adaptive technology and network of medical, travel, and security partners. The Robin Assist platform offers a variety of services, including round-the-clock service in multiple languages, insurance claims management, aid in transit and evacuation in case of medical emergencies, management of medical cases, international systems for controlling healthcare costs, and instant remittances in over 140 currencies. battleface intends to make its API-driven insurtech platform publicly available for easy product creation, rate administration, policy fulfillment, nation- and state-specific compliance, global distribution, out-of-the-box affiliation, and relationship management. "battleface was born out of emergency travel and medical assistance, where we saw the need for tech-driven products to deliver relevant services for today's travelers," said Sasha Gainullin, CEO, battleface. He further added, "With the launch of Robin Assist, our team will continue to deliver the same level of excellent service that our customers currently experience, supporting travel insurance brands globally." (Source: PR Newswire) About battleface battleface, Inc., founded in 2017, is headquartered in Columbus (Ohio). It is a global full-stack firm that makes it simple for clients and partners to get the right travel insurance for them. Its custom-built embedded goods, location-independent access to essential benefits, and attentive, around-the-clock customer assistance are only the beginning.

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