Portugal partners with UNWTO for Tourism International Academy

Breaking Travel News | July 25, 2019

Portugal Tourism, in association with the United Nations World Tourism Organisation, has announced the launch of the Tourism International Academy.An ambitious tourism training project aimed at developing human capital in the sector in a sustainable and comprehensive manner, it will be based in Estoril.The €24 million education facility will be born form the merger between campuses of the Portuguese Tourism School and the Estoril Higher School of Hospitality & Tourism.The action plan, which was signed by the secretary general of the UNWTO, will see the TIA become part of the International School of Tourism within the academy of the UNWTO, with development expected to be completed by 2023.

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Let’s make smart travel choices. Welcome to MojoTravels, and today we're discussing how to limit your carbon footprint. For this list, we’re looking at various sacrifices and choices, both big and small, that you can make to help reduce the negative impact that your traveling has on the environment.

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Otium Technologies | October 23, 2021

Otium Technologies is proud to announce its launch, which will bring blockchain to the travel and tourism industry. The company's mission is to revolutionize the traditional travel and tourism industry.In a bid to revolutionize the travel and tourism industry after the monumental impact caused by COVID-19, the team at Otium Technologies is pleased to announce the introduction of its project and service offerings to the leisure industry. Otium Technologies uses blockchain technology to proffer solutions to the wide range of challenges and problems bedevilling the industry. The impact of the pandemic caused businesses to shut down, companies laid off their employees, revenue sources were affected, and a lot of damages. But Otium Technologies has the magic finger to rejig any business that was affected by the pandemic and subsequent lockdown imposed by different levels of governments. What Is Otium Technologies Spanish company that develops Blockchain-based solutions for the leisure and tourism sector. Strengths: Pioneers in the vacation leisure industry Senior team of industry experts Well connected with major tourism companies Problems It Solves Inspired by the concept of Socios.com, we will provide large companies in the sector with a tool to capitalize through their own token while interacting and building customer loyalty in a new way, while the user will have the possibility to feel part of their favorite brand, using their loyalty tokens in a practical and simple way, either by voting, investing or using them on the brand's products. A tool that brings benefits to both outlets and users. It shortens waiting times, optimizes processes, allows people to use crypto to pay and we add special features to make it go viral (such as sharing the address of their table and receiving paid beers from their colleagues!).Defi is here to stay and we want to be the bank of the future for the tourist, with Staking products redeemable for paid vacations and many other option. It is a deflationary token that helps its value to increase Just by tokenizing them in their wallet, their Otiums grow with each sale and for monthly tokenizers, an extra % of Otium will be distributed during the first year.People will be able to use them to pay in the F&B app and get discounts.As a holder people will be able to access the pre-sales of tokens of hotel chains and large tourism companies. The company'sconsulting company will receive Otiums as a form of payment to encourage the purchase of Otiums. Faces Behind Otium Technologies parades a team of credible and knowledgeable experts who are well-versed in travel and tourism, blockchain technology, and digital marketing. The team is led by Yan Garayalde, who happens to be the CEO & Founder of the project. He is ably assisted by Rafael Camps, who serves as the COO and CoFounder of the project. Also on the team is Marco Taboas, who serves as a partner and Fernando Pareja, who is the Legal Adviser, offering useful legal guidance to comply with laid down rules and regulations. The team also includes Luca Longo and Benjamin Robles Pomar, who serves as the project designer and developer respectively. About Otium Technologies Otium Technologies brings blockchain to the travel and tourism industry. The project uses the best available technology, apps, and DApps to revolutionize the leisure Industry. Having experienced the COVID-19 crisis which wreaked havoc on the global economy, particularly the travel and tourism industry, Otium is committed to collaborate faithfully, adapt technological innovations, and leave no stone unturned to ensure that the industry jerks back to life. Otium is also committed to prepare the industry for new challenges and trends to come in the future. To achieve this mission, Otium parades a team of highly intellectual personalities and experts in their various fields of endeavors for the tasks ahead. The team at Otium Technologies is ever-ready to collaborate with users, tourist destinations, and companies to advance the frontiers of the industry. The company's focus is to research and develop different solutions using powerful tools like blockchain technology.

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eDreams ODIGEO sign strategic partnership agreement with British Airways and Iberia

eDreams ODIGEO | February 03, 2022

eDreams ODIGEO, Europe's largest online travel company, the second largest in terms of flights globally and one of the largest European e-commerce businesses announced that they have signed a New Distribution Capability (NDC) agreement with British Airways and Iberia, part of IAG, one of the world's leading airlines groups. The strategic agreement involves all four of eDreams ODIGEO's leading travel agency brands (eDreams, Opodo, Travellink and GO Voyages) and IAG's airlines British Airways and Iberia. This will allow travellers, globally, to enjoy a modern air retailing experience for travel to 268 destinations. The distribution agreement between eDreams ODIGEO and British Airways and Iberia will give travellers access to a more diverse offering when booking flights in the future. Through the NDC tech, travellers all over the world will benefit from increased flexibility, more competitive fares, and new methods of travel personalisation. The NDC agreement will streamline options for customers based on user preferences and deliver an improved customer experience. "As one of the world's largest online travel companies, we are committed to continuously enhance our product offering to ensure the highest levels of customer satisfaction. We are delighted to be strengthening our partnership with one of the world's leading airline groups. As a result, our customers will now benefit from an even better booking and travel experience, together with more competitive flight options. We look forward to continuing to drive forward tech innovation for our joint customers." -Pablo Caspers, Chief Air Supply Officer at eDreams ODIGEO Miguel Henales, Digital Business & Direct Sales Director at Iberia: "NDC is the most advanced distribution model, and this agreement with eDreams ODIGEO represents an excellent opportunity to strengthen our collaboration with travel agencies and, through this channel, to reach a greater number of customers with all Iberia products and all the advantages that NDC brings." "Through this partnership even more customers will benefit from exclusive British Airways NDC content such as Additional Price Points and ancillaries. This collaboration demonstrates our continued focus and investment in delivering a robust and scalable British Airways API solution for both partners and customers." -Katy Cardwell, Head of Distribution and Payments at British Airways About eDreams ODIGEO eDreams ODIGEO is one of the world's largest online travel companies and one of the largest e-commerce businesses in Europe. Under its four leading online travel agency brands – eDreams, GO Voyages, Opodo, Travellink, and the metasearch engine Liligo – it serves more than 17 million customers per year across 45 markets. Listed on the Spanish Stock Market, eDreams ODIGEO works with over 660 airlines and has partnerships with 130. The brand offers the best deals in regular flights, low-cost airlines, hotels, cruises, car rental, dynamic packages, holiday packages and travel insurance to make travel easier, more accessible, and better value for consumers across the globe. About Iberia: Iberia is the main Spanish airline and the leading carrier on routes between Europe and Latin America. It flies to 140 destinations in 48 countries in Europe, the Americas, Africa, Middle East and Asia. Together with its subsidiary Iberia Express and its franchise partner Iberia Regional/Air Nostrum, it operates about 600 flights each day with a fleet of 144 aircraft. It offers easy and convenient connections at its hub in T4 in Madrid-Barajas airport. Since 2014 it ranked among the five most punctual airlines in the world according to FlightStats, while it was awarded its 4th Skytrax star in 2017. The airline is a member of the oneworld alliance that operates more than 14,000 daily flights to some 1,100 destinations in 180 countries. For more information, please visit http://grupo.iberia.es About British Airways British Airways is the UK's largest international airline offering more than 45 million customers a year quality, choice and convenience. Its principal place of business is London, with a significant presence at Heathrow, Gatwick and London City airports. British Airways' main home at Heathrow is Terminal 5, regularly voted the world's best airport terminal in international passenger surveys Operating one of the most extensive international scheduled airline route networks together with its joint business agreement, codeshare and franchise partners, British Airways flies to more than 200 destinations in almost 80 countries on a fleet of around 300 aircraft. The airline is investing £6.5bn over the next five years in new aircraft, new cabins, new lounges, new food and new technology - including industry-leading WiFi.British Airways is a founding member of the airline alliance oneworld, which serves some 1,000 destinations across the globe.

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Spotnana - Travel’s First Open Innovation Platform, Launches With $41 Million in Funding

Spotnana | September 24, 2021

Spotnana Technology Inc.,the first technology company to build an open global innovation platform for travel, today emerged from stealth mode and announced $41 million in funding. The funding includes a $34 million Series A led by ICONIQ and Madrona Venture Group. “Spotnana’s cloud-native unified global platform solves problems that have plagued the corporate travel world for decades and represents a giant leap forward for all participants travel suppliers, travel management companies, organizations with traveling employees, and the travelers themselves.” The Series A round also included participation from Mubadala Capital, Decibel VC and super angels including technology and product luminaries Gokul Rajaram - Doordash, Scott Belsky - Chief Product Officer Adobe, Jeetu Patel - EVP Cisco, Vinod Marur - SVP Engineering Databricks and Akshay Bhargava - Chief Product Officer 1Password. The Series A comes on the heels of a Seed round of $7 million raised in early 2020, from Madrona Venture Group, 8VC, and Global Founders Capital, Shah Capital and angels. “Spotnana is re-envisioning the travel experience from the ground up. By applying a cloud native and open approach to the technology stack, our platform enables travel industry participants to build on our platform to offer their services, and work with partners,” said Sarosh Waghmar, CEO and co-founder of Spotnana. “Spotnana’s unique and modern approach enables entirely new business models for travel buyers and suppliers which are only possible on its global software-as-a-service platform.” Founded by travel veteran, Sarosh Waghmar, CEO, and technologist, Shikhar Agarwal, CTO, Spotnana has assembled an impressive team of technology and industry leaders with deep domain expertise in the travel industry, and a desire to dramatically improve the value proposition for all participants in the travel ecosystem. Bill Brindle, the former COO of American Express GBT and HRG, serves as Vice President of Travel Operations and Steve Singh, the founder and former CEO of Concur, serves as Executive Chairman of Spotnana’s Board of Directors. In addition, with the Series A investment, Greg Stanger, General Partner at ICONIQ, joins the board. Greg formerly served as CFO of Expedia. “Spotnana is a cloud-native travel platform designed to serve the global, multi-trillion-dollar travel industry. We serve corporate customers, travel management company [TMC] partners, technology partners and our supplier partners – all on a global basis. The Spotnana TMC service is available to our corporate customers to run and manage their global travel program. Our TMC partners are using the Spotnana platform to deliver travel management services to their customers. Next-generation leaders in the spend management, meetings management, and TMC partners, are integrating into and building value on top of our platform, for the benefit of our mutual customers. Just as importantly, we are excited to partner with suppliers from around the world that wish to deliver differentiated content, and functionality to their customers. There is a tremendous opportunity to build a global platform that can dramatically improve the traveler experience while delivering a better value proposition for every member of the travel ecosystem. I am honored to serve as Spotnana’s Executive Chairman,” commented Steve Singh, Managing Director at Madrona Venture Group. “We are honored to partner with Sarosh and the Spotnana team,” said Greg Stanger, General Partner of ICONIQ Growth. “Spotnana’s cloud-native unified global platform solves problems that have plagued the corporate travel world for decades and represents a giant leap forward for all participantstravel suppliers, travel management companies, organizations with traveling employees, and the travelers themselves.” The company’s TMC service is now live with more than 50 early corporate travel customers, providing seamless global service for business travelers and empowering administrators to manage travel across dozens of global offices from one single online dashboard. The funding will be used to expand the services available on the Spotnana platform and to build sales, marketing, partner, customer success organizations. About Spotnana Spotnana, founded in early 2020 is unbundling travel with the world’s first cloud-native, open, platform for global travel innovation.

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