20 June 2024

    TravelTech Lab, by HBX Group, launches an investment vehicle to foster innovation in the travel industry


    HBX Group to invest up to 50 million euros in travel tech startups


    Palma, Spain, 20 June 2024 - HBX Group, a leading player of the TravelTech B2B ecosystem, announced today the launch of an investment fund dedicated to financing startups and scaleups developing innovative technological solutions in the travel sector, as well as investing in corporate venture capital funds in the travel sector. 


    This investment fund is built on the success of TravelTech Lab, by HBX Group, created in 2023 to support and collaborate with startups and scaleup businesses in the travel tech industry, fostering a community dedicated to introducing groundbreaking solutions and facilitating their application in real business scenarios. 


    With the creation of this investment vehicle, TravelTech Lab by HBX Group, will further the company's mission of contributing to technological innovation in the travel sector. The fund will have an initial dedication of 50 million euros in capital to invest in the next 10 years. The specific investment in each selected startup will be defined on a case-by-case basis, ensuring that the most promising technologies receive the support they need to thrive. This strategic initiative underscores HBX Group's commitment to innovation, which has been at the heart of the company since its creation in 2001. 


    To date, TravelTech Lab has successfully partnered with over 300 startups across various markets, including Spain, France, the United Kingdom, Germany, the Netherlands, Singapore, and South Korea, and collaborates with leading organisations such as New York University's School of Professional Studies Jonathan M. Tisch Center of Hospitality and the Mastercard Tourism Innovation Hub. This collaborative effort has led to significant advancements in the travel sector, benefiting both the industry and travellers alike.


    "The travel sector is in constant evolution, and only companies that innovate will remain competitive," said Nicolas Huss, CEO of HBX Group. "Our goal at HBX Group is to find solutions to unresolved challenges through innovation, thereby enhancing the customer experience. The creation of TravelTech Lab in 2023 was a significant step in this direction. Our investment fund will not only facilitate our access to future technologies but also promote the development of a global ecosystem of startups and scaleups in the travel sector," added Nicolas Huss. "We believe that by supporting these innovative companies, we can drive the next wave of transformation in the travel industry."


    Since its founding in 2001, HBX Group has been a pioneer in the travel industry, dedicated to innovation and enhancing the customer experience. Through initiatives like TravelTech Lab, by HBX Group, and now it's new investment fund, the company continues to lead the way in solving the travel sector's most pressing challenges.


    About HBX Group

    HBX Group is a leading player in the B2B TravelTech space, connecting and empowering businesses in the ever-evolving world of travel. We drive growth for our clients & partners while removing friction from the end-to-end travel experience. Our cloud-based technology platforms offer fast and reliable access to a unique portfolio of travel products & services, while rich data and intelligence seamlessly connect supply and demand worldwide.


    We have more than 3,000 experts worldwide, including specialists on the ground who provide insights and support to boost trading even further, even in the most hard-to-reach segments. This unique blend of technology, data and passionate people serves as a catalyst for all businesses aiming to unlock their full potential in the travel arena.




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