The goal of the program is to identify, mentor and fund enterprising start-ups from around the world that are seeking to have a positive impact on the global tourism industry.
The 10 selected ventures will participate in a three-week program in June 2017 in Amsterdam that culminates with a chance to pitch to a panel of Booking.com and industry experts for grants of up to Ç500,000 from Booking.com.
Gillian Tans, CEO of Booking.com, commented:
“We are so impressed with the amazing diversity and quality of applications that we received for the Booking.com Booster Program. The incredible passion and genuinely innovative business concepts we saw from startups from practically every corner of the globe was truly inspiring. I can’t wait to get to know these 10 start-ups better and see how we can help them to accelerate their growth plans in order to bring their vision for sustainable tourism to even more destinations around the world.”
Those selected include: MovingWorlds (USA & Colombia); Authenticook (India); Backstreet Academy (Singapore and Southeast Asia); Visit.org (USA); Awake (Colombia); Seabin (Australia & Spain); MEJDI Tours (Israel & Palestine); Desolenator (UK); Local Alike (Thailand); and Good Hotel (Guatemala, UK & Netherlands).
Close to 700 start-ups with teams from 102 nationalities applied to join the program with the United States, India, the Netherlands, Russia, and Italy topping the list for the highest numbers of applicants.