ūüĎČ Smart Tourism, Selfbook and Klarna

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The application phase for the¬†FutureTravel Pitch Competition¬†closes this week and to be honest¬†I’m looking forward to review all applications next week! If you know someone who¬†should apply, you are still on time to forward this e-mail.

Continue reading for your weekly overview of the top news on travel innovation, trends and startups. Here we go:

  • Bordeaux¬†and¬†Valencia¬†are¬†2022 European Capitals of Smart Tourism. This is a recognition for their great performance in four categories: accessibility, sustainability, digitalization along with cultural heritage and creativity. Ok, let’s say they are the new role models – at least in Europe. Is there any other destination we should keep an eye for good practices when it comes to smart tourism?
  • Would you like to have someone in charge of designing the perfect trip for you? Well, let me tell you about a startup that offers pretty much that:¬†My AI¬†is a global startup building a next-generation ‚Äėreverse’ marketplace, leveraging the best of AI¬†and humans to solve hyper-personalization in travel. And also, they just won the¬†ESADE Travel Tech and Hospitality Challenge.
  • Trusted¬†Housesitters¬†just raised¬†$10M to expand their business in the US. The UK-based company connects travelers with plans to leave their pets behind to other travelers who will housesit both the property and the animals.
  • For everyone who is interested in going more in depth¬†of what‚Äôs going on in the travel industry, our friends at¬†Travel Tech Essentialist¬†have just launched two interactive datasets which might be relevant for you. One dataset is focused¬†on startups and investors, bringing an overview of the travel tech ecosystem around 70+¬†countries; The other, focusing on research and insights, lets users easily search, find and discover relevant content. This is pretty good.¬†You can read more about each dataset here.
  • Founded in September 2020,¬†Selfbook has raised $25 million¬†to operate in the intersection of fintech and travel, giving¬†hotels a way to accept one-click payments directly on their websites. They can implement¬†the technology “with a single line of code‚ÄĚ, according to¬†Selfbook.
  • And as we are talking (once again!) about this interesting wave of fintech and travel: this week the Swedish fintech unicorn¬†Klarna has announced the acquisition of Inspirock, an AI-based solution that personalizes itineraries for travelers. The deal will bring smoother experiences for planning the trip, as well as great ads and marketing opportunities for¬†Klarna’s¬†partners.

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