The newly opened bd4travel UK entity focuses on international business development and works in close cooperation with the bd4travel head office located in Frankfurt, Germany. It will be at the forefront of bdtravel’s growth into other European and North American markets.
Simultaneously bd4travel has been selected to participate in the London Travel Technology Lab, a new incubator space which brings together outstanding technology start-ups with the big corporates within the travel industry. The high-spec workspace, designed for 30 people, is located in heart of London and was launched by HRH The Duke of York, KG, in March 2015. In addition to lead partner TUI’s Hotelbeds, the Traveltech Lab is also supported by Gatwick Airport and Sabre.
The Traveltech Lab was created by London & Partners, the Mayor’s promotional company for London, in partnership with The Trampery, creators of premier innovation spaces in the city. The incubator aims to help London become the number one city in the world in technology for the travel tech industry and to support the development of companies that could become the next lastminute.com, Citymapper or Expedia.
The first group of companies working in the lab along with bd4travel include PhotoSpotLand, Lulutrip, Localoids, Epteca, MICEbook, Timelooper, Great Little Places, Wooia, Touriocity, Beaconia, GreatDest and Much Better Adventures.
Since the incubator opened in March, bd4travels funding round was the first that any of its companies has carried out. For it to be so successful is great news for all participating companies.
Other recent Traveltech Lab successes include, Great Little Place launching their app, and consequently being featured as the best new app on the app store, and Much Better Adventure’s winning the Making Business Happen award.