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We are taking the time to plan what’s ahead for FutureTravel as well as hosting our first¬†FutureTravel Summit. Exciting times! Read until the end to see our new speaker announcement for our online event on November 24th. And here is a short reminder that the application phase¬†for the¬†Pitch Competition¬†is closing on October 31st (yes, Halloween!).

And here is your weekly overview of the top travel innovations, trends and startup news:

  • This might not be directly related to travel but.. uh… thought it was interesting to share with you this piece on¬†how the coronavirus will reshape the spaces around us.¬†“In recent months, we have arrived at a new juncture of disease and architecture, where fear of contamination again controls what kinds of spaces we want to be in. As tuberculosis shaped modernism, so¬†covid-19¬†and our collective experience of staying inside for months on end will influence architecture‚Äôs near future.”
  • They¬†might be only six years old but has just¬†raised $275 million, at a valuation of $7.25 billion. It’s impressive to see how¬†TripActions¬†brought new products to the market, opening up new¬†business and presenting fintech solutions for their clients. They are¬†now looking for European companies to acquire and¬†work with, since the continent only represents 30% of their business.¬†Seems like¬†their ability to adapt through the pandemic was key to bring¬†them¬†where they are now – impressive!¬†
  • Airalo¬†has¬†raised $5.4 million in Series A funding¬†to make travelers stay connected to mobile networks around the world through digital SIM cards. The startup offers local rates without the need to exchange a physical SIM card.¬†

Following the last speaker announcement for the FutureTravel Summit, I am happy to announce today that Fran Kauzlaric will be joining us as a speaker, sharing his seeings about the main shifts on the travel experience post-pandemic, through the lenses of a key European airport. Fran works as the Innovation Lead at Brussels Airport and will be joined at the panel by a hotel and an airline representative – more on that soon! Click here to secure your spot for the first FutureTravel Summit, on November 24th (online).