Travel tech tie-up: Tune Labs partners with Amadeus Next
By Digital News Asia March 10, 2016
- Startups can leverage on Amadeus technology, expertise, reach and funding
- Can also benefit from access to Tune customers and much-needed validation
GLOBAL travel technology company Amadeus has announced an ‘Amadeus Next’ partnership with Kuala Lumpur-based Tune Labs, the Tune Group’s incubator and accelerator programme launched last April.
Amadeus Next allows startups to develop new ideas and scale their businesses by leveraging its technology, expertise, reach and funding, Amadeus said in a statement.
Tune Lab’s founders are behind businesses such as AirAsia, Tune Hotels, Tune Insurance and Tune Money.
Having partners such as Tune Labs on board means members of the Amadeus Next community can also benefit from access to customers and their much-needed validation, allowing startups to quickly prove their model or solution, it added.
“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,” said AirAsia group chief executive officer and Tune Labs cofounder Tony Fernandes (pic above).
“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,” he added.
As a travel technology startup and ultimately the ‘new kid on the block’, there can be a variety of hurdles to success, Amadeus said in its statement.
Gaining access to customers to validate a solution, or having the experience and knowledge of existing market leaders, can be a challenge. This is where Amadeus Next comes in, collaborating across the travel tech industry to open doors for startups, it claimed.
“Startups often disrupt the status quo by challenging and pushing technology to new frontiers,” said Amadeus Asia Pacific president Albert Pozo.
“They play a significant role in shaping the future of travel and how we can evolve services and offerings to travellers.
“Partnering with Tune Labs is a huge milestone for Amadeus Next as we continue to build the leading travel tech startup community in Asia Pacific,” he added.
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