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  • Thatch announced a $3 million seed round led by Wave Capital. The startup helps travel creators better connect to their followers and get money for their recommendations, tips and perspectives on travel experiences. By the waaaay: we recently spotted Thatch as one of the Top 100 Startups Around the World – looks like we’re into something, huh? 🙂 If you are curious about the other 99 startups featured in the report, you can click here.
  • A luxury vacation home which has several owners – this is what a Mexico City-based startup makes possible through their business. And now Kocomo raised $56 million to advance on that goal.
  • Just today TNMT published a great leaderboard with an overview on the 75+ startups shaping the next era of aviation around the globe. Exciting to see new players taking on the opportunities that the crisis has opened up for the industry.
  • With travel restrictions still in “limbo mode” around the globe, many travellers are confused about testing and quarantine requirements these days. I’ve been really enjoying tools and graphics that aim to make life (and travel) easier these days, like Bloomberg’s Travel Tracker.
  • I really enjoyed listening to this episode of Amadeus Travel Tech Talk where two employees share insights on four main travel trends identified by Amadeus. What they say can also provide indicators on what we all can expect for the travel industry during the rest of 2021.
  • Offering more than 15,900 tours in over 130 countries around the world, YouTravel.Me now raised $1 million. The European startup plans to use the money to further develop their online platform for matching like-minded travelers to small-group adventures organized by travel experts. We are preparing some exciting new announcements for the next weeks.