Carlson Wagonlit Travel (CWT) has announced a new collaboration with Plug and Play, a leading startup accelerator based in Silicon Valley. The travel management company will help select the most promising startups working on the next generation of travel and hospitality products and services. CWT is an anchor member of Plug and Play Travel & Hospitality.
Plug and Play Travel & Hospitality is on a mission to discover, support, and scale technologies that are defining the future of travel and hospitality. Using CWT’s extensive travel experience, Plug and Play will accept 20-30 startups in each of its two Travel & Hospitality classes of 2016. Startups accepted into the three-month programme will receive mentor opportunities with leaders in the travel and hospitality space across all verticals including hotels, airlines, online travel agencies, cruise lines, and global distribution systems.
Vincent Lebunetel, vice president, Corporate Innovation at CWT, said: “Through this collaboration with Plug and Play, we can proactively help startups navigate the complexity of the travel industry.”
He continued: “It’s mutually beneficial. We hear a different perspective on our industry while making important connections with future leaders and those behind the latest business travel innovations. And the new companies get the benefit of our experience.”
“We are very excited to have CWT join Plug and Play’s Travel and Hospitality Center of Innovation. CWT’s commitment to innovation is evident and unique.” says Amir Amidi, managing partner of Plug and Play Travel & Hospitality. “Their systematic approach to innovation will help the company leverage relationships with fast moving disrupters that have potential to significantly impact the travel industry. We are very excited to contribute to CWT’s innovation roadmap.”
The Travel & Hospitality Accelerator is a three-month programme designed for early and growth stage startups. Qualified companies are developing solutions in various stages of travel, including choosing, planning a trip, booking, en-route and post-trip activities. Participating startups receive mentoring opportunities, as well as exposure to investors and potential pilot opportunities with corporate partners.
About CWT CWT is a global leader specialised in managing business travel and meetings and events. CWT serves companies, government institutions and non-governmental organisations of all sizes in more than 150 countries and territories. By combining both the expertise of its people and leading-edge technology, CWT helps clients derive the greatest value from their travel programme in terms of savings, service, security and sustainability. The company is also committed to providing best-in-class service and assistance to travellers. In 2015, sales volume for wholly owned operations and joint ventures totaled US$24.2 billion. As part of its commitment to responsible business, CWT is a signatory of the United Nations Global Compact Ten Principles. For more information about CWT, please visit our UK website at www.carlsonwagonlit.co.uk. Follow us on Twitter @CWT_UKI.