Carlson Wagonlit Travel (CWT) has become a
founding member of Welcome City Lab.
Created in 2013 by Paris&co
with the support of the City of Paris, BpiFrance and the Tourist
and Congresses Bureau of Paris, Welcome City Lab is claiming to be
the “world’s first incubator dedicated to travel”.
CWT joins other
founding members ADP, Air France, Amadeus, Galeries Lafayette,
Skyboard, Sodexo Prestige and Viparis.
The Welcome City Lab receives around 200
applications annually, and to-date has helped incubate around 30
start-ups dedicated to the travel sector. The aim of Welcome City
Lab is to assist and promote an ecosystem of innovative young
companies, which can collaborate with established travel brands to
develop industry-enhancing technology and services.
Through CWT’s status as founding member, the company’s
corporate innovation team will mentor, support and help pilot new
start-ups as well as suggesting potential research and studies
which start-ups and founding members can collaborate on.
CWT president & CEO Douglas Anderson said, “We are delighted to be one of the founding members
of Welcome City Lab. This collaboration aligns with our ongoing
commitment to innovation in our sector. CWT has always been a
leader in its industry and this collaboration enables us to
associate with new players and find groundbreaking ideas and
technologies that could benefit our clients in the future.”
Laurent Queige, general manager of Welcome City Lab
added, “We are very pleased that CWT joins us. CWT is a major
actor in the travel management industry, and helps us complete our board of founding members. It opens up new opportunities of new
collaboration for our start-ups.”
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