Australian travel platform Travlr raises $5m in Series A

Australian travel platform Travlr has raised $5 million in its Series A round backed by “a syndicate of New Zealand investors”.

The company made the deal via Suubee, a platform connecting investors, traders, venture capitalists, and entrepreneurs.

Travlr is founded by husband and wife duo Simon and Lani te Hennepe, creators of the Bali Bible, a comprehensive guide to the popular tourist destination the Bali island in Indonesia.

Travlr is designed to serve traveller needs at every stage ― dream, plan, book, experience and share ― in one simple platform. It curates huge volumes of recommendations, personalises these to specific interests and allows seamless planning, booking and sharing.

In a bid to disrupt the $1.29-trillion travel industry, the Travlr team says they have bold plans to integrate blockchain functionality, artificial intelligence and augmented reality into the travel experience.

Travlr currently operates in Bali and Fiji with plans to launch into New Zealand, Seychelles, Indonesia and Ibiza.

“Removing the need to visit multiple travel and booking platforms, Travlr is the only travel portal that allows you to find and book the best value travel, accommodation and experiences without ever leaving the platform. Once your ultimate travel is booked, downloading your itinerary and integrating it with calendars and apps is simple and intuitive,” the startup said in its statement.

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