ūüĆĪ Fresh Funds, Partnerships & Mobility Startups

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Here’s your weekly roundup of the latest trends, innovations, and startup news in travel:

  • Boosting the things people like to do.¬†Holibob¬†secures new funding to enhance its eCommerce engine for travel experiences. The UK-based company helps destinations and travel brands sell experiences online with its advanced technology. The platform provides hyper-relevant recommendations to travelers, resulting in strong engagement and increased bookings. The company aims to further develop their solutions, making it easier for travelers to find and book the best in-destination experiences.
  • Remixing spaces.¬†Tokyo-based¬†Matsuri Technologies secures $8.65 million in Series D funding to boost its StayX platform and expand tourism infrastructure. The company converts single-use rooms into multi-use spaces. The funds will enhance software, expand facilities, and recruit talent, capitalizing on Japan’s tourism surge. Japan‚Äôs tourism industry is experiencing a robust recovery, with inbound visitors reaching 25 million in 2023, nearing pre-pandemic levels. This revival also benefits the private accommodation sector.
  • Departure¬†deals.¬†In a joint-effort,¬†Wizz Air¬†launched an e-commerce store powered by¬†InterLnkd’s¬†intelligent matching engine. This platform matches destinations with relevant fashion, beauty, and essential products for passengers, offering a personalized shopping experience with items from over 20,000 brands, including M&S, Sephora, and Asos. This launch follows InterLnkd‚Äôs recent funding round and new partnerships with travel brands like Thomas Cook and LeShuttle.
  • Top mobility startups. Mobility in Europe is transforming with a push for sustainable transport. As travel and transportation sectors converge, startups are at the forefront, leveraging tech to create eco-friendly options. Electric car registrations hit 3.2 million in 2023, a 20% rise from 2022. Trends like shared mobility, autonomous driving, and AI integration are reshaping how we move, so the¬†EU-Startups¬†team is spotlighting 10 European startups leading this change.
  • Do¬†you know an extraordinary business leader who deserves recognition?¬†Our Partners¬†Airwallex, in collaboration with Visa, are looking for extraordinary leaders who demonstrate the Olympic spirit. Why? Nominate them and give them a chance to win tickets to the Olympic Games Paris 2024, courtesy of Visa! The winner will receive a trip to the Olympic Games for themselves and 4 guests, travel and accommodation and more! To nominate someone (or yourself), simply visit the link below and share their story. Nominations close on 21 June at 12:00 so don‚Äôt miss out and apply today! We can’t wait to hear about all the inspiring leaders out there!
  • Rewriting¬†hospitality.¬†San Francisco-based¬†Canary Technologies¬†raised $50 million in funding, bringing their total to nearly $100 million. The US-based company provides AI solutions to thousands of hotels including major brands like Marriott and Hilton. Their tech streamlines hotel operations, enhances guest experiences, and reduces fraud. The new funds will help the startup to improve their AI capabilities and expand their team.