Travel TechnologyTravelport teams up with Amazon Web Services to help startups work through challenges in travel retail sector.

Innovators wanted for Travelport marketing challenge

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The partnership will help startups work through tasks in the retail end of innovation for the travel sector, including data protection and personalisation.
The partnership will help startups work through tasks in the retail end of innovation for the travel sector, including data protection and personalisation. Photo Credit: Getty Images/Dilok Klaisataporn

Travelport will use a recently announced partnership with Amazon Web Services as a lever for its latest accelerator programme for startups.

The agreement with AWS to handle its cloud hosting was announced in June this year.

Travelport Accelerator is part of a new service called Travelport Focus, designed to concentrate on innovation in the industry and which is also supported by AWS.

It will have a framework of helping startups work through a number of tasks in the retail end of innovation for the travel sector, including data protection and personalisation.

Once the challenge has been set, companies with existing technology and products that are relevant to the challenge and use cases outlined will be invited to apply.

The area for the 10 startups that are accepted to join the first wave will focus on digital marketing, with a view to "introduce cutting-edge digital marketing technology for travel companies, which uses behavioural and demographic traveller data to deliver highly targeted and personalised, real-time offers to customers".

Judges from American Express Global Business Travel, Internova Travel Group, Direct Travel and Christopherson Business Travel will select three of the 10 startups to move forward with their ideas.

AWS will provide up to US$100,000 in hosting credits and Travelport will give startups access to the GDS.

This is Travelport's second attempt at building an accelerator programme for startups. The first was launched in 2015, known as Travelport Labs.

It was based in Denver, US, with a mission to mentor each startup through a series of projects, including introducing them to technology services (including Travelport's own APIs) and partners that would assist in their development.

Some of the startups that went through the project received a seed round of US$30,000 but Travelport did not take equity stakes in the businesses.

Labs eventually closed in 2018, after five intakes of new businesses, with the company saying it would focus on "innovation opportunities that have been presented by our relationships with our key strategic technology partners like TCS, Microsoft and IBM".

Source: PhocusWire

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