Travel app Omio the latest Berlin startup to take on North America

Reuters | January 14, 2020

Travel app Omio the latest Berlin startup to take on North America
Berlin-based online travel company Omio is launching operations in North America, joining other European mobility and fintech startups in seeking to scale up operations in the world’s top travel and tourism market. Omio https://www.omio.com, until its rebranding last year called GoEuro, competes with Britain’s Trainline in European rail travel, but also offers journey planning and ticketing for buses and flights via a smartphone app.

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