Technology

Booking.com commits more than $4 million in grants to support sustainable accommodation

Mekal Mishra

Mekal Mishra

Applications for the fourth annual Booking Booster program are now open, which aims to accelerate the development of sustainable solutions for the global accommodation industry.

Following the program’s success in the previous three years, the fourth iteration of the Booking Booster will focus exclusively on the topic of sustainable accommodation.

Booking.com’s 2020 program will bring start-ups, social enterprises, non-profit organisations and accommodations of all kinds together directly to explore solutions to become more sustainable.

Through the 2020 program, participants with innovative products and services, including accommodations themselves, will have the opportunity to secure grants from the company’s €2.6 million ($4.23 million) fund.

The 2020 Booking Booster will consist of two complementary 10-day programs exclusively focused on sustainable accommodation.

The first program in May is for organisations with innovative products and services to help accommodations become more sustainable. The second program in September is for accommodations themselves, including those that are just starting their sustainability journey.

Both sessions of the 2020 Booking Booster program will consist of a series of hands-on workshops and tailored mentoring sessions to help participants scale their impact.

Participants are paired with mentors from Booking.com to provide guidance and support on specific topics.

Participants from both sessions will present live onstage at the Booking Booster finale in September to secure scaling grants from the company’s multi-million-dollar fund.

Regardless of potential funding, mentors continue to support participants even after the program comes to a close, connecting them with access to a pool of additional Booking.com experts to assist throughout their journey.

Rob Ransom, vice president of strategy and corporate development at Booking.com, said: “With the 2020 Booking Booster program, we’re excited to be championing innovative solutions that help our accommodation partners to adopt more sustainable practices.

“It’s not only what our customers want, but our partners as well.

“Bringing together products and services developed by start-ups and organisations from around the world with practical case studies from leading sustainable properties will accelerate our collective efforts to make every stay a sustainable one.”

Start-ups, social enterprises, non-profit organisations and sustainable accommodations from all over the world, including previous Booking Booster alumni, are invited to apply for the relevant session of the 2020 program.

SEE WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING

Leave a Reply

Tourism

Uproar over Rome’s plans to build a barrier around the Trevi Fountain

Critics have called plans to put an anti-tourist barricade around one of the city’s most iconic attractions “truly foolish”.

Share

CommentComments

Travel Agents

Travel Associates appoints GM for cruise division

The Flight Centre brand has announced the appointment of a games master for Cruise Boutique. Sorry, that should read general manager.

Share

CommentComments

Tourism

Australia’s first travel specific coworking space opens its doors

If you need somewhere to meet a client or are just sick of your colleague’s loud chewing, boy have we got the answer for you.  

Share

CommentComments

Wholesalers

Wholesaler Wrap: Collette celebrates 5th anniversary in Australia, Globus previews 2021 European tours + MORE!

Out of sorts when it comes to the who’s who of the wholesaler scene? This week’s Wholesaler Wrap comes in the nick of time. 

Share

CommentComments

Aviation

Boeing confirms debris found in 737 MAX engines, as Qantas eyes cut-price deal

by Christian Fleetwood

Alan Joyce says Qantas’ “unmatched” safety reputation positions it to negotiate a discounted deal with Boeing for a new fleet of 737 MAXs when the jet is re-certified.

Share

CommentComments

Travel Agents

AFTA considers partial ATAS review following collapse of online travel agency

by Huntley Mitchell

The liquidation of an OTA and ATAS member has caught AFTA by surprise. Travel Weekly apologises for the excessive acronym usage.

Share

CommentComments

Tourism

Police shoot man dead in Brisbane after tourist stabbing

by Christian Fleetwood

Police officers were called to a disturbance on Sunday following reports a man armed with a knife had stabbed an overseas tourist.

Share

CommentComments

Travel Agents

Helloworld posts profit and record TTV, but expects “minimal growth, if any” for rest of FY20

by Huntley Mitchell

Can you hear the popping of champagne corks coming from Helloworld HQ? Well, it’s either the company celebrating its half-yearly results or a staff member trying out their new pop gun.

Share

CommentComments

Cruise

More Diamond Princess evacuees catch coronavirus

Meanwhile, experts fear quarantines could be compromised by a longer incubation period.

Share

CommentComments

Aviation

Flight attendant says keto diet got him fired

The flight attendant claims he was fired for testing negative in a breath test, but says it was caused by the keto diet – not alcohol.

Share

CommentComments

Tourism

Ardent Leisure suffers another loss, warns of further impact from Dreamworld tragedy

by Huntley Mitchell

The company has warned investors it is unlikely that Dreamworld will break even in the second half of FY20.

Share

CommentComments

Destinations

Destination Wrap: Abu Dhabi’s record-breaking visitor numbers, Tourism Fiji rolls out new stage of Bulanaires + MORE!

Meanwhile, the only destination Travel Weekly staff will be exploring today is the streets of Surry Hills in search of a cheaper coffee than the place downstairs.

Share

CommentComments