TRAVEL TECHNOLOGY

Luxury Travel Hackers Introduces an Innovative and Disruptive Online Travel Tech Solution, Closing Seed Round Funding

Luxury Travel Hackers | June 14, 2021

Luxury Travel Hackers Introduces an Innovative and Disruptive Online Travel Tech Solution, Closing Seed Round Funding
Luxury Travel Hackers, Inc. has introduced a new and exciting approach to booking travel in the post-pandemic era. This travel solution was created with the mobile millennial in mind, removing the guesswork from choosing perfect places and planning a vacation. LTH has compiled a list of suggested holidays via active social media and story-driven content. Each vacation is tailored to the interests and budget of each tourist. LTH is the only travel tech firm that collaborates with influencers to create travel content and makes holidays bookable via social media.

LTH has received early-stage funding sponsored by Centerfire Capital LLC board member Thomas B. Mangas. Mangas is the former CEO of Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, and he was in charge of the company's $13 billion acquisition by Marriott International in 2016.

LTH provides users with a white glove experience both before and during their trip, taking them from A to Z and saving them hours of potential headaches and back-and-forth decision making. The LTH team has traveled to over 100 countries and has hand-picked some of the most fascinating destinations.LTH has also opened the door for ongoing collaborations with top travel influencers. Unlike celebrities who may promote a product they have never tried or actively use, these influencers take the trips they are passionate about and make them available for booking via Instagram, Facebook, YouTube, or the LTH website.

About Luxury Travel Hackers
Gary Kohn and Katie Warner created Luxury Travel Hackers in 2020. LTH is hyper-focused on ensuring the investment of your time and money in a life-changing travel experience, combining a passion for travel with Hollywood production quality content. Our staff has visited over 100 countries throughout the world.

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IDEMIA ID2Travel Delivers End-To-End Frictionless Biometric Travel Experience in North America

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Braemar Hotels & Resorts Inc | December 28, 2021

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