LANGLEY, UK, 7 September 2021: Travelport, a worldwide
leader in travel retail, has launched a new global accelerator programme in
collaboration with Amazon Web Services (AWS) that will attempt to solve travel
Travelport Accelerator’s first challenge is to introduce
cutting-edge digital marketing technology for travel companies, which uses
behavioural and demographic traveller data in order to deliver highly targeted
and personalised, real-time offers to customers.
Selected startups will be given a chance to receive up to
USD100,000 in AWS Activate credit.
“No single person or business has the solution to all of
travel’s retailing challenges,” said Travelport chief product & technology
officer Tom Kershaw. “The most effective way to drive innovation, especially at
pace, is to unite bright minds from diverse backgrounds and geographic
locations and focus their energy on solving a specific problem. That’s
precisely what Travelport Accelerator will do. We look forward to working with
companies across the world, both large and small, to drive the modernisation of
travel retail for the benefit of the entire travel ecosystem.”
Travelport Accelerator allows tech startups and innovators
looking to enter the travel space to solve a series of different travel
retailing challenges, such as data protection, hyper-personalisation, and
customer acquisition. Once the challenge has been set, companies with existing
technology and products that are relevant to the challenge and use cases
outlined on the accelerator webpage are invited to apply.
A cohort of up to 10 companies will be selected to proceed
to the next stage, which involves pitching solutions to an esteemed panel of
judges from some of the world’s most renowned travel companies, including
American Express Global Business Travel, Priceline, Internova Travel Group,
Direct Travel and Christopherson Business Travel. A group of up to three
participants will ultimately be selected to move to the final round, solving the
challenge in collaboration with Travelport and AWS. Each will be given access
to Travelport+, Travelport’s next-generation travel marketplace.
Selected startups could receive up to USD100,000 in AWS
Activate credit and each participant will receive mentoring from travel domain
and technical subject matter experts with deep experience working on AWS. The
programme also offers collaboration opportunities with AWS travel customers and
members of the AWS Partner Network (APN) looking for technology solutions to
their most challenging problems.
The First Challenge
The first challenge set by Travelport and AWS is to
introduce cutting-edge digital marketing technology solutions that will
complement the advanced capabilities of Travelport+, which in a normal year
will process hundreds of millions of travel transactions and reduce the cost of
customer acquisition and retention for Travelport’s customers.
Applications are open
Entry forms are available at www.travelport.com/accelerator. The deadline for submission is midnight Pacific Daylight Time (PDT) on Wednesday, 22 September 2021.
Applications will be judged on several factors, including
the innovative and unique nature of the solution, the overall value it will
bring to the industry, the creative application of technology to solve
problems, and the team’s ability to deliver on the opportunity with Travelport
and its customers.
Travelport Accelerator is now part of Travelport Focus, a
Travelport innovation hub supported by AWS.