Booking has presented the third edition of its Booking Booster competition that looks for emerging companies that are developing technological solutions to address the challenges of sustainable tourism.
This Tuesday the company has announced the opening of the term for the ‘startups’ to send their applications to participate in the program, through which they can request a help from their fund of two million euros to develop their own project.
From there, it will select ten ‘startups’ for the acceleration program that will take place in Amsterdam in May 2019 and that includes a series of conferences, practical workshops and coaching sessions that will end with an event in which will award a prize of 500,000 euros from the fund of two million euros.
In addition, all companies will be able to enjoy several months of continuous advice from experts, as well as the opportunity to collaborate with the company in future innovation initiatives and experiments.
Chairman and CEO of Booking.com, Gillan Tans, stressed that “technology improves our way of discovering the world.” We are looking forward to helping future drivers of change that seek to have a lasting and sustainable impact in the sector. travel in general, “he added.
In this way, the Booking Booster program, together with the Booking Cares Fund and Booking Cares Labs initiatives, is part of the volunteer program in which the company’s employees collaborate with local organizations in projects that help improve destinations throughout the country. world.
AREAS OF INNOVATION
To mark the third anniversary of the program, the company has highlighted four areas of innovation in which startups are working, with the aim of addressing the sustainability problems of this sector.
These areas of work are to share the benefits and effects of tourism in a more balanced way, create economic opportunities for women with travel technology, encourage inclusive growth in communities with few resources and protect the environment.