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Amadeus Next, a startup business community by Amadeus, today announced that it has secured partnership with Tune Labs, a Tune Group incubator and accelerator, to help boost the travel tech startup scene in Asia Pacific.

Through the new partnership, members of the Amadeus Next community can get access to customers and their much-needed validation, allowing startups to quickly prove their model or solution.

“Startups … 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,” said Albert Pozo, President of Amadeus Asia Pacific, in a statement.

The programme cited market validation and gaining insights from industry experts as the main challenges faced by travel tech startups.

It will complement Amadeus Next’s existing offering which allow startups to develop new ideas and scale their businesses by leveraging technology, expertise, reach and funding.

An official statement by Amadeus Next also mentioned that Tune Groups founders Tan Sri Tony Fernandes, Datuk Kamarudin Meranun and Lim Kian Onn will offer ‘invaluable customer insight and expertise’ to the Amadeus ‘Next’ startup community through Tune Labs.

The partnership is expected to benefit not only startups in the field of travel tech, but also the travel industry in general and travellers themselves.

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To achieve its mission to develop travel startup communities in Asia Pacific, Amadeus Next also partners with Hubba Thailand, MaGIC (Malaysian Global Innovation and Creativity Centre), e27, TravHQ and Jungle Ventures.

Amadeus is a leading carrier of advanced technology solutions for the global travel industry, with customer groups that include travel providers (airlines, hotels, rail and ferry operators, etc.), travel sellers (travel agencies and websites), and travel buyers (corporations and travel management companies).

It employs around 13,000 people worldwide, across central sites in Madrid (corporate headquarters), Nice (development) and Erding (operations), as well as 71 local Amadeus Commercial Organisations globally.

Tune Group Founder Tan Sri Tony Fernandes was also the founder of several businesses including AirAsia, Tune Hotels, Tune Insurance and Tune Money.

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