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Air France pilots blockchain-based COVID-19 travel system

With travel and tourism being one of the hardest-hit industries by the coronavirus pandemic-induced lockdowns, several stakeholders are increasingly prioritizing digital and contactless solutions.In this vein, Air France has partnered with MedAire, SGS, International SOS, and the International Chamber of Commerce to test a blockchain-based COVID-19 travel system.Beginning from March

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Offline Travel App Maps.Me Raises $50M in Seed Funding Led by Alameda Research

An offline mobile map for travelers has raised $50 million in a seed-funding round led by Alameda Research.Announced Monday, the funding will go toward the launch of a multi-currency wallet on Maps.me and enable a decentralized finance (DeFi) ecosystem on the offline mobile map platform.Cryptocurrency lender Genesis Capital and institutional

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Travel Tech Firm Monaker Group Eyes Regulated Thai ICO Market

Monaker Group, which builds booking platforms for the travel industry, is venturing into tokenized assets with the indirect acquisition of Thailand’s Longroot initial coin offering (ICO) portal.The Nasdaq traded company took an “indirect controlling stake” in the entity that owns Longroot on Thursday, one day after buying up a third

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ShareRing Brings Its Blockchain Identity Solution to Rakuten Travel Bookers

Blockchain platform ShareRing is integrating with Rakuten Travel Xchange, an online travel booking subsidiary of Japanese e-commerce giant Rakuten.The integration will mean Rakuten Travel Xchange customers can opt to use ShareRing’s self-sovereign identity app to access bookings at over 600,000 hotels and 200,000 rentals, according to an announcement WednesdayShareRing said

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Travel Rule Protocol (TRP) Working Group Unveils Crypto AML Tools

The Travel Rule Protocol working group’s solution uses two simple RESTful APIs designed for querying address ownership and sending required originator and beneficiary information about digital asset transfers.The Travel Rule Protocol (TRP), a working group backed by Standard Chartered, Fidelity, ING, and about 22 other firms involved in cryptocurrency transactions

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