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°.
Eola, Pentech Ventures | April 07, 2021
Eola, the operating system for experience providers, has raised $2.8 million in a fundraising round led by Pentech Ventures, with support from Techstars and other travel and technology business leaders.
Eola delivers cutting-edge operations technology to experience providers in the UK and around the world. Eola provides them with the tools they need to run their entire business, from hiking tours in Scotland to watersports centers in Cornwall to hot air ballooning in New Zealand. The Eola system saves companies time and money by automating booking and payment procedures, making scheduling and resource management simple, and offering features such as memberships and rentals.
During 2020, Eola's revenue increased five times when their client base tripled. During last year's changing conditions, the importance of automated processes, online accessibility, and real-time adaptability became much more evident. Using Eola's proprietary technology, their average partner more than doubled online bookings in 2020 over the previous year. Eola now anticipates much stronger success in 2021, as people are ready to get back outdoors. The new funding will be used to expand the company's technology, team, and commercial footprint.
Eola CEO Callum Hemsley: " We are pleased to have this group of investors on board for the next step of our expansion. The performance we've had so far is a testament to our team's and customers' tremendous tenacity and resilience. 2020 was a challenging year but seeing how everyone handled it was so inspirational. I'm grateful to be on this path with them all. Now, we're looking forward to assisting more established businesses in growing alongside us.
Sandy McKinnon, Pentech Ventures partner: " The Eola team has created a fantastic operating system for running experience-based businesses. It is impressive that a business will expand during a lockdown in this market, and it speaks to the value they deliver to their clients. We are excited to help them and assist them in expanding even more."
Eamonn Carey, Managing Director of Techstars London: "Building products that people want is the most successful way to build a scalable, category-defining business. That is just what Callum, Dan, and the rest of the Eola team have done. I'm consistently impressed by the reviews and referrals they get from their clients, as well as the positive effect Eola has on their businesses. I know it's happening, and I can't wait to see those clients, as well as millions of others, benefiting from Eola's operating system."
Sabre | November 17, 2021
Sabre Corporation (NASDAQ: SABR), the leading software and technology provider that powers the global travel industry, announced a new distribution partnership with Calafia Airlines, a Mexican regional carrier, which will enable the airline to power future revenue growth while reaching new market segments.
Thanks to this multi-year agreement, Calafia will distribute its flights and services through the Sabre travel marketplace, ensuring that Sabre-connected agencies based in the U.S., Mexico, Canada, Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Panama, Belize and Argentina have access to the airline's content. The agreement will enable the delivery of relevant and meaningful content that helps connect travelers with experiences that matter in their lives.
"Travel is about bringing people together, fulfilling dreams, living new experiences, creating new memories and exploring the world, and we're thrilled to partner with Sabre so we can make that happen by ensuring our content is available to hundreds of thousands of travel agents and thousands of corporations across our key markets," said Luis Manuel Solís Ríos, Integration Manager, Calafia Airlines. "Having a robust platform for distribution is key to our future growth."
Founded in 1993, Calafia Airlines flies to several destinations within Mexico from its hub at the Cabo San Lucas International Airport.
"We are delighted to partner with Calafia Airlines, as this new agreement represents another strong endorsement of our investment in distribution, retailing and fulfillment at Sabre,Our distribution solutions connect travel suppliers with buyers around the globe, enabling our valued partner airlines to grow revenue and expand their reach as the travel industry focuses on post Covid-19 recovery."
-Ana María Escobar, Vice President, Airline Sales for Latin America and the Caribbean, Sabre Travel Solutions.
Sabre powers a constantly expanding marketplace of travel content, providing a broad choice for customers through its global distribution system (GDS), which presents a highly efficient way for airlines to market their fares and offers through a network of agencies and corporations across the world.
Sabre's robust travel platform and secure solutions provide the technology on which airlines, agencies and hoteliers rely. The company is committed to continue to accelerate innovation in the travel industry. Its multi-year tech transformation will provide the agility, scalability and stability needed to modernize the travel experience, another step toward Sabre's vision to create a new marketplace for personalized travel.
About Sabre Corporation
Sabre Corporation is a leading software and technology company that powers the global travel industry, serving a wide range of travel companies including airlines, hoteliers, travel agencies and other suppliers. The company provides retailing, distribution and fulfilment solutions that help its customers operate more efficiently, drive revenue and offer personalized traveler experiences. Through its leading travel marketplace, Sabre connects travel suppliers with buyers from around the globe. Sabre's technology platform manages more than $260B worth of global travel spend annually. Headquartered in Southlake, Texas, USA, Sabre serves customers in more than 160 countries around the world. For more information visit www.sabre.com.