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‘Welcome to the World’ crowned winner of inaugural ATM Draper-Aladdin startup competition

‘Welcome to the World’ crowned winner of inaugural ATM Draper-Aladdin startup competition
  • ‘Welcome to the World’ aims to clear up difficulty of significant commissions paid to OTAs
  • Touted as ‘YouTube for tourism’, the web site drives commission-no cost direct bookings
  • ‘SmartGuide’ and ‘Road.Travel’ put second and third, respectively

‘Welcome to the World’ has been named the very first ever winner of the ATM Draper-Aladdin Startup Competitors, which observed a range of the region’s most modern vacation and tourism start out-ups produce pitches on the ATM Vacation Tech Stage for the likelihood to secure up to $500,000.

A overall of 15 finalists gave presentations in entrance of Arabian Journey Marketplace (ATM) 2022’s five-strong panel of business judges, such as: Alaa Ismail Al Haija, Founder and CEO of AladdinB2B, SalesMENA and the Draper-Aladdin Startup Competitiveness Hadi Saeed AlShakhori, Business enterprise Incubation Supervisor at Wa’ed Walid Tarabih, Founder and CEO of PLATX, and former advisor to the Key Minister’s Office of the UAE Matthew Gardiner, Founder of A1 AI and Bashar Sami El-Khasawneh, Associate Professor at Khalifa University.

The judges assessed pitches from a vary of commence-ups, which – in addition to ‘Welcome to the World’ – integrated, Elves, Gauvendi, Hotailors, Lykos, Octoos, OnArrival, Highway.Travel, SmartGuide, SLF, S-Level, Teamatix, Telgani and Travelexic.

‘Welcome to the World’ aims to address the issue of large premiums of fee charged by on the net travel businesses (OTA). Described by Founder and CEO Stefanie Schachtschabel as ‘YouTube for tourism’, the platform allows tourism firms and vacation influencers to generate immediate bookings commission-absolutely free by sharing films.

Commenting right after the presentation of her award and cheque, Schachtschabel reported: “We are obviously very satisfied. We have been operating challenging to arrive at in which we are these days and owning the assurance of so lots of traders suggest the world to us. So how do I feel? Joyful, which is for guaranteed!

“We are in the midst of our seed round, which indicates we are onboarding investment. These money will be utilized to make in condition-of-the-artwork technologies, these types of as artificial intelligence, to monetise our details, and also to scale our enterprise to the 48 locations that we are at present focusing on,” she added.

‘Welcome to the World’ at present offers much more than 185,000 monthly end users, obtaining by now attracted models such as Anantara Lodges & Resorts, Marriott Worldwide, Hilton Resorts & Resorts, Accor, Handle Motels + Resorts, W Lodges, Radisson Blu and Ritz-Carlton Dubai. The financial investment obtained as aspect of the initial ever ATM Draper-Aladdin Startup Levels of competition follows $264,000 previously secured as aspect of the firm’s pre-seed spherical.

Right after having first place at the ATM Draper-Aladdin Startup Levels of competition, ‘Welcome to the World’ will now have the chance to compete for a more $500,000 of financial investment as section of hit Tv exhibit, Satisfy the Drapers.

Electronic tour guide platform ‘SmartGuide’ and route market ‘Road.Travel’ arrived in 2nd and third location, respectively.

Commenting on the aims of the competitiveness, AladdinB2B’s Alaa Ismail Al Haija reported: “I’m an entrepreneur myself so I know what it suggests to have a desire to be prosperous. The most crucial issue is to be supported and to really feel that you are not by yourself. That’s why we are looking at so significantly assist for business owners in Dubai these days. This ecosystem is the most critical issue and I’m fortuitous to be contributing a minor part of it.”

Danielle Curtis, Exhibition Director ME for Arabian Vacation Market, explained: “The ATM Draper-Aladdin Startup Opposition is a fantastic initiative, which we believe that will act as a springboard for revolutionary vacation and tourism corporations that are doing work to reshape our sector for the much better. I would like to present my congratulations to all of the finalists and in distinct to Stefanie and the rest of the Welcome to the Entire world crew.”

On the ATM agenda these days, (Wednesday 11 May perhaps), SaaS specialist Atlas will host a panel of experts, who will share insights into how information is transforming airline retailing. Moderated by Brian Staunton, Atlas’s Chief Business Officer, speakers will consist of Ashish Kumar, Director Professional – Flights Reserving at Wego Center East Mary Li, Founder and CEO of Atlas and Yong, Main Solution Architect at Alibaba Cloud MEA (ATM Journey Tech Stage).

For entire particulars of the ATM 2022 programme, which includes matters, organisers and participant bios, visit


About Arabian Journey Market (ATM)

Arabian Vacation Sector (ATM), now on its 29th year, is the top, global journey and tourism celebration in the Center East for inbound and outbound tourism specialists. ATM 2021 showcased in excess of 1,300 exhibiting businesses from 62 countries throughout nine halls at Dubai Planet Trade Centre, with attendees from far more than 110 countries over the four days. Arabian Travel Marketplace is section of Arabian Vacation Week. #ATMDubai

Following in-human being celebration: Monday 9 to Thursday 12 Might 2022, Dubai Earth Trade Centre, Dubai

Subsequent virtual event: Tuesday 17 to Wednesday 18 May 2022

About Arabian Journey 7 days

Arabian Travel 7 days is a competition of occasions having position inside and along with Arabian Travel Industry 2022. Giving a renewed aim for the Middle East’s vacation and tourism sector, it consists of ATM Virtual, ILTM Arabia, ARIVAL Dubai, Influencers’ situations and activations, as well as Travel Tech. It also attributes the ATM Consumer Boards, ATM Speed Networking Functions as well as a sequence of state summits. days/en-gb.html     

About RX (Reed Exhibitions)

RX is in the enterprise of building enterprises for men and women, communities and organisations. We elevate the electric power of encounter to deal with occasions by combining details and electronic products and solutions to aid shoppers learn about markets, source goods and finish transactions at about 400 gatherings in 22 nations around the world throughout 43 industry sectors. RX is passionate about producing a good impression on culture and is completely fully commited to making an inclusive function setting for all our individuals. RX is component of RELX, a world wide supplier of information-based mostly analytics and decision resources for experienced and company buyers.


RELX is a world service provider of info-centered analytics and choice tools for specialist and organization customers. The Team serves consumers in extra than 180 countries and has workplaces in about 40 nations. It employs above 33,000 men and women, of whom nearly half are in North The usa. The shares of RELX PLC, the mother or father organization, are traded on the London, Amsterdam and New York Stock Exchanges working with the adhering to ticker symbols: London: REL Amsterdam: REN New York: RELX. The sector capitalisation is roughly £33bn, €39bn, $47bn.*

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About Entire world Travel Sector

Planet Journey Current market (WTM) Portfolio contains top travel gatherings, on the net portals and digital platforms across four continents. The occasions are:

WTM London, the primary international function for the journey business, is the ought to-show up at three-day exhibition for the throughout the world travel and tourism sector. The clearly show facilitates business connections for the world-wide (leisure) journey group. Senior journey marketplace specialists, govt ministers and international media take a look at ExCeL London each November, making travel industry contracts.

Following are living event: Monday 7 to 9 November 2022 at ExCel London

WTM Latin America usually takes area per year in the town of São Paulo and appeals to around 20,000 tourism pros during the 3-day occasion. The party provides experienced material with each other with networking and company alternatives. In this its ninth edition – there have been 8 face-to-encounter activities alongside with a 100{32bc5e747b31d501df756e0d52c4fc33c2ecc33869222042bcd2be76582ed298} digital a person, which was held in 2021 – WTM Latin The united states continued to target on efficient enterprise era, and reached the advance booking of six thousand meetings that were held in between purchasers, journey brokers and exhibitors in 2022.

Upcoming occasion: Tuesday 4 to Thursday 6 April 2023 – Expo Centre Norte, SP, Brazil

WTM Africa launched in 2014 in Cape Town, South Africa.  In 2022, WTM Africa facilitated additional than 7 thousand distinctive pre-scheduled appointments, an boost of more than 7{32bc5e747b31d501df756e0d52c4fc33c2ecc33869222042bcd2be76582ed298} compared to 2019 and welcomed a lot more than 6 thousand guests (unaudited), the same selection as in 2019.

Future celebration: Monday 3 to Wednesday 5 April 2023 – Cape Town International Convention Centre, Cape Town

About ATW Hook up:  Africa Journey Week’s digital arm, is a virtual hub packed to the seams with appealing material, marketplace news and insights, and the opportunity to listen to from specialists on a wide variety of subjects in our new regular monthly webinar collection. All with the intention to maintain all of us in the vacation and tourism business linked. ATW Connect focuses on inbound and outbound marketplaces for normal leisure tourism, luxury journey, LGBTQ+ vacation and the MICE/company travel sector as effectively as journey technological innovation.

WTM World Hub, is the new WTM Portfolio on line portal established to link and assistance travel field gurus about the environment. The resource hub delivers the most up-to-date direction and understanding to assist exhibitors, potential buyers and some others in the journey field face the issues of the world wide coronavirus pandemic. WTM Portfolio is tapping into its global community of industry experts to create information for the hub.

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