15. Charlie Cowley, Age 26

Company: Impala

Age: 26

Website: https://impala.travel/

Business: Impala is a travel tech trailblazer who is simplifying how hotels distribute their rooms.

About Charlie and Impala

Impala is a travel tech trailblazer who simplifies how hotels distribute their rooms. Impala launched its booking platform in mid-2021. With their product already enabling hotels and travel sellers to rapidly grow their businesses, and with many more players on the cusp of getting involved in this kind of distribution, they put a name to the category in February 2022, christening it ‘Open Distribution’.

The model breaks down the walls of old distribution systems. It enables hotels to gain quick access to new markets and to attract more of the guests that fit their property whilst allowing room sellers quick and easy access to technology and inventory to create new differentiated travel ideas. Both sides can work with each other, without anybody getting in the way – with no upfront costs, and easy integration. It’s a simple, transparent model, better for all partners’ and their revenues. It’s open to industry titans, new startups, and everyone in between.

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From a base of zero, Impala announced in May 2022 that it had grown an inventory of 1.5 million hotel rooms since the platform took its first bookings in August 2021, having taken pre-seeding funding first in 2017.

Hotel brands using Impala now include Iberostar, Melia Hotels and Resorts, StarHotels, Top International, Barcelo Hotel Group, Vincci Hotels, nh hoteles, Selina and Six Senses as well as prestigious properties such as Mandarin Oriental’s Emirates Palace.



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