novae leverages Expedia Partner Solutions to further enhance travel booking, payment and protections on its alle white-label digital loyalty platform

PR Newswire | September 04, 2019

The Fintech and Insurtech company novae continues to disrupt the digital engagement experience merchants offer their loyalty programs by leveraging Expedia Partner Solutions (EPS), a B2B brand of Expedia Group, to enhance alle, its omichannel, white-label B2B2C loyalty platform. The platform, co-created with Visa and launched in 2018 for use with Visa member banks, allows merchants to enhance their travel booking, payment and protection solutions. It has been adopted by more than 60 financial institutions across Latin America and the Caribbean and is slated to be deployed in Europe during the third quarter of 2019.

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Innovation has been a big topic among travel management circles how to achieve relevance and progressive management without sacrificing the benefits of traditional best practices, but also exploring ways to push beyond them. Together, The BTN Group and Concur are offering a series of webinars and white papers that will explore current trends across the business trip life cycle pre-trip, on-trip and post-trip and uncover use cases with companies that are implementing innovation within their programs.

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Innovation has been a big topic among travel management circles how to achieve relevance and progressive management without sacrificing the benefits of traditional best practices, but also exploring ways to push beyond them. Together, The BTN Group and Concur are offering a series of webinars and white papers that will explore current trends across the business trip life cycle pre-trip, on-trip and post-trip and uncover use cases with companies that are implementing innovation within their programs.

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Travel, Travel agencies, Travel suppliers, Travel booking experience | June 21, 2021

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Hawaii Preparing for Influx of Visitors When Restrictions Are Lifted

The Maui News | October 04, 2020

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Klarna acquires Inspirock, bringing smooth travel planning to its 90M global consumers

Klarna & Inspirock | October 25, 2021

Klarna, a leading global retail bank, payments and shopping service, is bringing its signature smoooth experience to the travel sector with the acquisition of Inspirock, an online trip planner that enables consumers to quickly and easily explore a destination's offerings and create personalized itineraries utilizing local expertise and artificial intelligence. Over 25 million travelers a year use Inspirock to plan trips tailored to their interests or find inspiration on where to go and what to see. Klarna will integrate Inspirock's capabilities to allow Klarna's 90M users to plan and shop for a trip and pay for it in installments - all through the Klarna app. In addition, Klarna aims to save its customers hours of planning for the typical vacation by using Inspirock's technology. By bringing Inspirock to Klarna, we are bringing the best of Klarna's smoooth customer experience to the travel sector. For customers, this makes the whole journey from inspiration to planning and preparing for a trip simpler, less stressful and more fun, while enabling our retail partners to better reach and engage with their audiences by offering more personalized content. It's a natural extension of the benefits Klarna brings to payments and shopping. -Klarna CEO and Co-Founder, Sebastian Siemiatkowski Inspirock's technology also enables Klarna to offer additional advertising and marketing opportunities to its growing network of over 250,000+ retail partners, helping them to reach high-intent shoppers with more curated and personalized content catered to their travel plans and preferences. "We are excited to bring simpler, easier trip planning to Klarna's 90m global consumers. Our goal at Inspirock has been to make planning a trip fast, fun and easy. Together we can deliver on Klarna's ambitions of providing a smooth shopping experience to the travel space in an innovative way. Klarna and Inspirock together can bring great inspiration, tools and shopping experiences, making planning the trip as fun as the actual trip itself." -Anoop Goyal, CEO and Co-Founder of Inspirock Klarna's marketing solutions include Comparison Shopping, an AI-driven styling engine, a virtual shopping platform, and an influencer marketing and measurement platform. Together, these services will help consumers make informed decisions about purchasing the products they want from the retailers they love at the best price. Travel is a huge global e-commerce market with strong predicted growth. 66% of global travel bookings are made online and this is expected to grow to 72% by 2025, creating a market worth a projected $833bn1. As Covid restrictions ease in many regions and travel plans are back in the calendar, Klarna research has shown that 21% of people put travel at the top of their list of categories they are going to splurge on in 20212. About Klarna We make shopping smooth. With Klarna consumers can buy now and pay later, so they can get what they love today. Klarna's offering to consumers and retailers include payments, social shopping, and personal finances. Over 250,000 retail partners, including H&M, IKEA, Expedia Group, Samsung, ASOS, Peloton, Abercrombie & Fitch, Nike and AliExpress have enabled Klarna's innovative shopping experience online and in-store. Klarna is one of the most highly valued private fintechs globally with a valuation of $45.6 billion. Klarna was founded in 2005, has over 4,000 employees and is active in 17 countries. For more information, visit klarna.com.

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