Bookaway | July 17, 2021
Start-up in travel technology Bookaway has secured USD46 million in venture capital from Aleph, Corner Ventures, and Entrée Capital to establish the Bookaway Group, which will bring together ground and sea transportation companies from across the world.
The group has collaborated to digitalize the USD 157 billion sector, where 95% of activities remain offline (local buses, trains, ferries.) As a result, local suppliers can connect and reach even more travelers by offering an online platform for up-to-date information, reviews, and booking while increasing access to every part of the globe (over 100,000 routes and counting).
Getbybus, known for providing tens of thousands of routes in and around the Balkans and Western Europe, is the first to join the Bookaway Group, followed by 12Go, which has the biggest network of local transport choices in and around South East Asia. The Bookaway Group, in collaboration with Bookaway, provides access to more than 100,000 transit routes, user evaluations, and round-the-clock assistance in 14,600 locations across 80 countries.
The Bookaway Group aims to bridge the global gap between travelers and local transportation providers, allowing travelers to discover and book transportation options anywhere in the world, regardless of the language they speak or how remote the location is.
Bookaway has grown from a tiny Tel Aviv start-up to one of the world's top ground transportation companies in less than four years, with plans to expand further in the United States, China, and Latin America.
Since 2018, Bookaway has secured USD 35 million in Series B funding to establish the Bookaway Group, following USD 11 million in Seed and Series A funding. Aleph, a major Israeli investor, has been a loyal supporter since 2019.
Sherpa | April 12, 2021
Sherpa, a leading travel technology provider, has expanded its product range with the Travel Reopening Map, which helps people get back into travel. Travel providers and customers are ready to get back on the road, but due to the rapid speed of change in travel laws, what was once simple has become complicated. Partners such as airlines, online travel agents, and cruise lines can use sherpa's map-based UI to help their customers book by allowing them to browse for destinations open to travel as well as COVID-19 testing and quarantine guidelines for both outbound and return routes.
The map was launched by American Airlines as the first partner, making it available to millions of AA customers.
"International travel is an integral part of our global economy and human experience," said Max Tremaine, CEO of sherpa°. "However, planning travel in the event of a global pandemic is a challenge." "Our goal was to create a digital solution that fills the information gap and provides travelers with the real-time accuracy they need to make informed decisions and travel with confidence. This solution is just one part of a larger plan to ease border crossing by allowing travelers to get all of their requirements, documentation, and visas in one place while booking their travel."
The breadth of data is unique to the map; sherpa processes millions of data points from thousands of sources, including governments, airlines, airports, tourism boards, public forums, and media outlets. Other important features include COVID-19 testing sites in-destination and the ability for partners to maximize booking conversions by directing passengers from the map back to their flight destination pages.
The map-based UI is easily customizable and can be embedded into partners' websites and apps through embeddable widgets, APIs, or white-label web apps. English, Spanish (South American), French (Canadian), German, Portuguese (Brazilian), Russian, Turkish, and Latvian are among the languages supported, with more on the way.
Sherpa is the leading provider of travel identification requirements for the travel industry, founded in 2015 by Max Tremaine and Ivan Sharko. Sherpa's mission is to provide every traveler with the information and documentation they need to cross borders confidently and securely. Sherpa, headquartered in Toronto, Canada, is trusted by over 50 of the world's largest and most well-known travel brands, including American Airlines, TripActions, Icelandair, LATAM, Flynas, and CWT. True Ventures, Narrative Fund, Relay Ventures, Globalive Capital, N49P, TSVC, Golden Ventures, Plug and Play Ventures, Stuart MacDonald, and LP Maurice are among the investors in sherpa°.
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FIT | October 22, 2020
The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) and independent travel specialist Avanti Destinations have launched a joint campaign to help advisors inspire FIT clients to plan a 2021 getaway in Thailand. The joint promotion consists of a 38-page downloadable “future travel lookbook," a savings of $250 for every land booking worth a minimum of $3,000 made by December 31, 2020, for travel anytime in 2021. As part of the promotion, no deposit is required on the land portion, and there are no fees for changes made 21 or more days prior to departure.