Booking.com accelerates its potentiality in sustainable tourism

 Monday, April 23, 2018 

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Booking.comBooking.com is giving its potentiality on sustainable tourism by announcing 10 sustainable tourism startups which will be joining the 2018 Booking Booster Programme in Amsterdam in May 2018.

 

The three-week accelerator programme is giving a series of lectures, workshops and coaching, leading to a final pitch session for the chance of a grant of up to €500k from Booking.com.

 

 

The 10 startups are joining in the 2018 programme. They hail from six different countries and operate collectively across six continents. They are: Community Homestay Network (Nepal), Global Himalayan Expedition (India), HiveSters (Thailand), Hotel Con Corazón (Netherlands: Operating in Nicaragua), Keteka (United States: Operating in Central and South America, Antarctica), KITRO (Switzerland), Reflow (Netherlands), Sakha Consulting Wings: Women on Wheels (India), Tastemakers (United States: Operating in Africa), and Wheel the World (United States).

 

 

The Booking Cares Fund has announced that it has awarded grants to five innovative sustainable tourism projects.

 

 

They are the Jordan Trail, a 650km hiking trail giving travellers access to undiscovered areas of Jordan while connecting the local communities in the villages to tourism-related opportunities.

 

 

Blue Habits is a ground-breaking research project, which aims to understand the effects of nature-based tourism on behavioural change.

 

 

Rare & Roll is a plan to develop a database and WeChat service portal to provide accessible tourism information, services and cultural experience opportunities for both Chinese travellers with a disability (85 million people) and 220 million people over 60.

 

 

The Million Gallon Challenge, through which Hosteling International will pilot the use of 500 smart shower heads with built-in LEDs that change colour based on the length of time the shower is in use. And Khwela Tourism Stars, a cutting-edge hospitality academy in South Africa for disadvantaged women.

 

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