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UAE start-up offers solution to mitigate Covid-19 impact on tourism

Hotel Data Cloud chosen for UN award for its Covid-19 solution

UAE start-up offers solution to mitigate Covid-19 impact on tourism
Gregor Amon and Kevin Czok, co-founders of Hotel Data Cloud. 

UAE-based travel-tech start-up Hotel Data Cloud (HDC) has come up with a solution that helps hoteliers mitigate against the impact of Covid-19.

Tourism is the worst affected industry by the Covid-19 pandemic, with flights grounded and hotels unable to operate at full capacity.

As way of restoring traveller trust and confidence, HDC has initiated a Covid-19 preparedness programme that enables hotels to update their listings on any booking website or travel agency database.

Through HDC, hoteliers can update over ninety attributes on 100s of websites and portals that are used by tourists and travellers all over the world. The latest attributes that can be updated include all of the Covid-19 factors that travellers are taking into consideration before making a booking decision.

The innovation was recently recognised by the United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO), which selected HDC as a ‘Healing Solutions for Tourism’ award, recognising it as the most disruptive start-up in the Middle East.

“Tourism is a leading driver of economic growth and re-establishing trust by being open and transparent with travellers, is a critical factor in restarting tourism globally,” said Natalia Bayona, senior expert on Innovation and Digital Transformation, UNWTO.

“It is encouraging to see HDC stepping up to that challenge and offering a solution that will enable hotels to rebuild customer confidence and trust by being able to share vital attributes, that affect travel decision making,”

Kevin Czok, co-founder and managing partner of HDC, said, “We are proud and humbled to be recognized for our efforts towards rebuilding the tourism sector. With our technology, hotels can now efficiently share critical information, so that travellers can be reassured of their safety and confidently book their next stay.”

HDC, founded in 2016, by Kevin Czok and Gregor Amon, currently has a portfolio of over 11,400 hotels in 153 countries. HDC closed its first round of seed funding having secured $350,000 and is raising its second round of funding to meet increased demand, interest and accelerate growth.

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