ADB and PATA partner with Plug and Play

BANGKOK, 6 September 2019: Asian Development Bank and the Pacific Asia Travel Association are teaming up with Plug and Play, an open platform that develops technologies to supports startups in the sustainable tourism sector across Asia.

By partnering with ADB and PATA, Plug and Play can reach out to more startups in the travel and tourism industry and provide assistance that will enable them to achieve United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Now in its 13th year, the Plug and Play’s innovation platform brings together startups, investors, and blue-chip corporations.

Headquartered in Singapore, it has offices in 25 locations worldwide that introduce, investors to startups mainly in the Asia Pacific region.

Currently working with several airlines, airports, hotels, travel agents, and other industry stakeholders, Plug and Play also aims to provide enterprises with examples of corporate best practices from it’s existing global corporate travel consortium.

ADB Senior Investment Officer Dominic Mellor said: “Our shared intention is to leverage the Plug and Play Travel Asia Pacific platform to pilot and scale sustainable and circular economy technologies that reduce waste, conserve energy and water, and provide green solutions to reduce the tourism industry’s carbon footprint.”

It looks to continue to expand its reach by adding more corporations to the Plug and Play Travel Asia Pacific platform.