• Amadeus, Tune Group to create travel tech startup


    TRAVEL technology solutions provider Amadeus has tied up with Tune Group, the Malaysian-based operator of Tune Hotels, in a bid to boost the travel technology startup landscape in the Asia Pacific region.

    In a statement, Amadeus said that through its corporate startup Amadeus Next, it has partnered with Tune Group’s Tune Labs — a startup business incubator — to form a travel technology startup community that will lead technological innovation and advancements in the travel and tourism industry in the Asia Pacific.

    Amadeus Asia Pacific president Albert Pozo said this partnership will be beneficial to both parties and the region given that startups have the capacity to disrupt status quo with their continuous innovations in technology without boundaries.

    “They play a significant role in shaping the future of travel and how we can evolve services and offerings to travelers. Partnering with Tune Labs is a huge milestone for Amadeus Next as we continue to build the leading travel tech startup community in the Asia Pacific,” Pozo said.

    For his part, Tune Group chief executive officer Tan Sri Tony Fernandes said: “We are seeing a lot of startup talent in this region but many of them do not have the support and opportunities that their Western counterparts are getting. By collaborating with Amadeus, an equally enthusiastic partner, we can unleash the full potential of entrepreneurs in our region, allowing them to innovate, disrupt and achieve growth.”

    Aside from Tune Labs, Amadeus Next is also working with Hubba Thailand, Malaysian Global Innovation and Creativity Centre, E27, TravHQ, and Jungle Ventures — partnerships which are in line with Amadeus Next’s aim to develop a collaborative travel startup community in the region.

    Amadeus Next allows startups to develop new ideas and scale their businesses by leveraging technology, expertise, reach, and funding.

    Tune Labs is a Malaysia-based startup that offers incubator and accelerator programs that seek to identify, mentor, and fund entrepreneurs across the Southeast Asian region.

    Amadeus is present in 14 countries across the Asia Pacific region, including one office in the Philippines which was opened in 1997.


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