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Osvaldo Mauro

Entrepreneur & Business Developer

Osvaldo Mauro

Osvaldo Mauro has been a travel tech and digital entrepreneur since 1998. He is launching his third startup, named Profiter (profiter.ai), with a team of six executives, in online distribution. Recently, he led the Artificial Intelligence team for AdsHotel, a metasearch B2B platform. He joined this Google Integration Partner after their acquisition of Bôtelier, one of the first AI startups in hospitality, which Osvaldo founded in 2016. Previously, he had co-founded Best Holiday (sold to private investors) and Popvision, an IT and digital innovation company. He has been a tech consultant for OTAs like Tui Group, Holiday Autos, and Travelprice. Earlier, he had worked as Content Manager IT for lastminute.com during the very early days of the biggest e-commerce site in Europe. Osvaldo is a researcher in travel tech with publications on PhocusWire, Tendance Hotellerie, and Buy Tourism Online.

Insights by Osvaldo Mauro (3)

Is our industry lagging behind due to a lack of proper education?

Hospitality HR experts estimate there are 100,000 open IT and digital marketing positions in hospitality in North America alone. This labor shortage and lack of adequate investments jeopardize the introduction of the latest technology applications and best practices, curbs new implementations and stifles technology innovations in the industry.

Is Amazon the 'elephant in the (hotel) room'?

The Amazon / ClearTrip partnership is far from a revolution, but it's another tiny step Bezos' company took into the travel space. I think the time has come to address the elephant in the room: acquisitions.

What to expect with Google's new positioning in travel?

Launched earlier in May, Google Trips puts merges flights, hotels, packages, home-rentals, car rentals, ridesharing, cruises, and experiences search in one single, übermensch ecosystem, combining the Google Trips app, Google Flights, and Google Hotels under one landing page.

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