Despegar

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Despegar.com is an online B2C travel agency enabling people to research travel plans, and book transport and accommodation.

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Tourism is dead, long live travel! How wanderlust just got a whole lot better

3 weeks ago

Welcome to our new The Exclusive deep dive content about our Latin American ecosystem. We’re giving our registered newsletter users a sneak-peek of these soon-to-be paid for articles. powered by Typeform Contxto – Covid-19 crippled an entire industry in a way no Trump tweet or Kylie Jenner Insta-story could’ve ever done. There are now two […]

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Ayenda sees recovery in hotel bookings as lockdowns relax in Colombia

4 weeks ago

Contxto – When hospitality startup Ayenda Hoteles closed US$8.7 million last October, it never imagined (nor did we) just how crucial that capital would be for its immediate future. The original plan was to use the funds to consolidate its presence in Peru, the second country in which the Colombian startup operates. However the Covid-19 […]

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The Complete List of Latin American Unicorns [Updated 2020]

4 weeks ago

Contxto – With Latin America growing as an important axis for the entrepreneurship ecosystem, hardly a day goes by without a breaking news story about a regional startup funding round. And even more frequently, new unicorns in Latam. At Contxto, we’re always trying to showcase what’s going well in Latin America. With the same purpose, […]

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Flapper to scale marketplace for private flights in more of Latin America

1 month ago

Contxto – While many commercial airlines around the world are filing for bankruptcy, Brazilian Flapper and its marketplace of executive chartered flights are faring well. The startup for private aviation told Contxto that after four years of operations, last June it experienced a positive income flow for R$60,000 (~US$11,000).  Flapper also reported that sales have […]

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Despegar wants to take flight with US$200M investment and fintech acquisition

1 month ago

Contxto – Has the time come for travel platform Despegar to take off again? Today (21), the publicly-traded company presented its second-quarter financial results.  Consequently, it disclosed the acquisition of Brazilian fintech Koin as well the fact that it raised US$200 million. The company will use the funds—procured via separate private-equity dealings with Waha Capital […]

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Traveltech Travl’s global scaling and investment proves a company saver

2 months ago

Contxto – Travl Join is an AI-powered lead generation platform for travel companies. Think of it as the inverse of Despegar or any other B2C travel aggregator. It is a tourist aggregator for travel companies! With such a big local market, you would think this Rio de Janeiro-based startup would be happy to stick to […]

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Mercado Libre aims to launch credit card in Chile

3 months ago

Contxto – E-commerce giant Mercado Libre is making headway in its fintech plans for Chile. Authorities, through the Financial Market Commission (CMF), recently approved its financial services arm, Mercado Pago, to continue with the revision process to acquire a special license. Should it acquire this official document, Mercado Pago can launch multiple new products in […]

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Double-whammy for Despegar: Faces lawsuit and suspends ops in Córdoba

4 months ago

Contxto – The travel industry has been one of the most hard-hit by the coronavirus pandemic. The recent troubles of Argentina’s Despegar only illustrate this further. In mid-May it announced its billing had hit zero and cancellations were still rolling in. By the end of that same month, a class action lawsuit had emerged on […]

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Top 10 tech hubs of Latin America in 2020

4 months ago

Contxto –  It’s that time of the year again! StartupBlink has published the latest edition of its Global Rankings Report. The moment has come to see which are the top tech hubs of Latin America. For those of you who are new to this ranking, StartupBlink, developed an algorithm which ranks startup ecosystems across the […]

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New taxes for selling on marketplaces like Mercado Libre in Mexico

4 months ago

Contxto – You know what’s taxing to e-commerce giant Mercado Libre in Mexico? Taxes on its individual vendors. This new fiscal regulation became effective as of last Monday (1), wherein mainly individual vendors may have to raise their prices or adjust their operations to stay afloat. It’s a tax attack… with some rather questionable timing. […]

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