Travelport partners with Amazon Web Services to support travel startups
The travel industry is slowly and unevenly recovering from the pandemic, so startups will need all the help they can get to thrive.
Sean O’Neill, Skift
The first edition of the project invites startups to apply for a multi-week session that aims to mentor entrepreneurs in developing solutions in areas such as data protection and customer acquisition. The inaugural wave will accept ten startups and focus on digital marketing and personalization.
“Travelport Accelerator supports this effort by giving travel innovators the opportunity to showcase their technology to some of the most influential leaders in the global travel industry and influence the future of travel retail,” said David Peller, Managing Director of AWS Travel and Hospitality.
Startups accepted into the program will have access to Travelport’s data capabilities, AWS channel expertise, Travelport partner agencies and vendors, such as airlines, hotels and car rental companies, as well as customers and other AWS customers.
Judges from American Express Global Business Travel, Christopherson Business Travel, Direct Travel, Internova Travel Group and Priceline will choose a few of the startups. AWS will provide free or discounted access to its cloud hosting and analytics services during the program to participating entry-level companies.
Running a startup isn’t easy, as Langley, UK-based Travelport knows from experience. The company ran a startup incubator between 2015 and 2018 called Travelport Labs in Denver. Other companies have set up accelerators, some having since taken a hiatus while others, like IAG’s Hangar 51 and the Plug and Play Tech Center, say they are booming.
AWS recently launched a AWS Space Accelerator for ten startups in its division focused on aerospace and satellite suppliers.