Expedia Group will function the unique accomplice to energy the lodging provide maintained by Wheel the World, a platform for folks with disabilities to guide accessible journey. Wheel the World clients can have entry to Expedia Group’s immediately sourced resort stock with the power to filter properties by their accessibility wants and preferences by way of that firm’s software programming interface (API) know-how.
Wheel the World will additional complement Expedia Group’s content material with an added layer of accessibility knowledge, together with however not restricted to mattress peak, room width and particular bathe traits.
“We’re proud to accomplice with Wheel the World on an answer that addresses the necessity for seamless, end-to-end journey experiences for vacationers with disabilities,” mentioned Mindy Rehse, Expedia Group’s vp of economic partnerships. “This partnership will empower vacationers searching for detailed and strong accessibility info and is one other step in Expedia Group’s dedication to making a extra accessible and inclusive future for all vacationers.”
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Wheel the World, a PhocusWire Hot 25 Startup for 2022, gives journey to locations in North America, Latin America, Europe, the Center East and Africa. It first launched Expedia Group’s Speedy API within the U.S. and is steadily increasing to different markets globally.
“At Wheel the World, our goal is to make journey accessible for folks with disabilities, and we all know that we have to collaborate with different firms to make it occur,” mentioned CEO and co-founder, Alvaro Silberstein. “Collectively we are able to complement our detailed accessibility knowledge and buyer expertise to ensure the accessible room with the intensive provide, content material and connectivity of Expedia Group.”
The San Francisco-based firm gained the first Phocuswright/WebinTravel Global Startup Pitch in 2022 and in addition acquired the Individuals’s Selection award. It closed a $6 million funding round this month and raised $2 million in a 2021 seed round. Wheel the World additionally was considered one of 12 startups named final 12 months to Expedia Group’s inaugural Open World Accelerator. The corporate defined its enterprise technique in a 2019 PhocusWire Startup Stage Q&A and pitched at The Phocuswright Convention in 2021.
Wheel The World – Phocuswright Innovation Summit 2021