šŸ’« Metaverse, Space Tech and Celebrities

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Whilst reading the latest (fourth!) package of sanctions against Russia announced by the European Commission, I stumbled upon the following expression: ā€˜on the wide-ranging and unprecedented packages of measures the EU has been takingā€™. Let me tell you , Iā€™m looking forward to the day when I can watch the news and the only sector where we see ā€˜unprecedented updatesā€™ is in the innovation space.

Ready to check out our weekly wrap-up on the top travel innovation, trends and startups? Letā€™s go!

  • Space technologies have the power to be a big part of shaping the future of travel – and we can already use them to solve current challenges. This is what the upcomingĀ CASSINI HackathonĀ will be about: who are the innovators ready to use EU space tech to transform European tourism?Ā The applications are now open!Ā We canā€™t wait to see which innovations will come out of this yearā€™s challenge!
  • What does the movie The Bodyguard and the startupĀ HearHereĀ have in common? Kevin Costner. The actor is the co-founder of the audio app that plays stories based on a travelerā€™s geographic location and interest.Ā HearHere has just raised $3.2 millionĀ to continue its business growth and expansion.
  • Another celebrity joining the travel industry is Jennifer Lopez, who just joinedĀ Virgin VoyagesĀ as an investor and Chief entertainment and lifestyle officer. TheĀ cruise company plans to go global this yearĀ with homeports in Miami, Barcelona and Athens.
  • TravelzooĀ has announced they areĀ creating a metaverse division in the company. Although they will continue to offer their usual travel and lifestyle deals, the new service will provide members with exclusive metaverse travel experiences.Ā TravelzooĀ counts on the annual membership fees to fund the new business division.

If you missed our latest reportĀ ā€œCreating places for the new eraā€, you can still have access here and through our website.