Travel & Leisure

SE Asia’s biggest travel app Traveloka raises $250 million as lockdowns ease

By Fanny Potkin

SINGAPORE (Reuters) – Traveloka, Southeast Asia’s largest online travel app, announced on Tuesday it had raised $250 million to help bolster its operations amid the coronavirus crisis, and as domestic travel starts to pick up in the region of 650 million people.

The eight-year-old startup said its funding round was led by a “global financial institution” and included existing investors, such as early backer East Ventures.

Traveloka, which claims more than 60 million downloads, has been battered by the virus outbreak, as Southeast Asian countries shut borders and imposed strict lockdowns, throttling a previously booming tourism industry.

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Where to train like (and with) an Olympian this summer

Club La Santa hosts several top Olympians every year
Club La Santa hosts several top Olympians every year

The Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games were due to begin this weekend. But of course the coronavirus crisis stuck a gigantic spanner in the works. Alas, we’ll have to wait another year for the opening ceremony.

Now we can travel, however, Olympians themselves are throwing their kit in their bags and preparing to jet off for warm-weather or altitude-based training camps. And the whole British sailing team is currently out on the water in Santander.

So where to go to train like a pro?

For swimmers – Mallorca, Spain

One of the

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This James Bond-inspired eco-friendly floating hotel is entirely solar-powered

This solar-powered floating hotel suite aims to reimagine tourism.

Anthénea is unsinkable, moveable and autonomous enough to control from a smartphone. Inspired by the James Bond film, “The Spy Who Loved Me,” French architect Jean-Michel Ducancelle designed it to look like the underwater Atlantis citadel in the film.

“I was drawn to the story of this man who gives up everything to live under the sea and builds this octopus-shaped space that’s in contact with the flora and fauna of the ocean,” Ducancelle told the Hollywood Reporter.

The hotel suite looks like a sleek, white, floating saucer. Anthénea is

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Virginia Added To NJ, NY, CT Quarantine Travel Advisory Lists

VIRGINIA — Virginia is among the 10 additional states added to travel advisory lists in New Jersey, New York and Connecticut on Tuesday due to the impact of the coronavirus. Anyone traveling from a U.S. state on the travel advisory lists is asked to self-quarantine for 14 days.

The 31 states on the list have “significant community spread of COVID-19,” according to a news release from New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy’s office. The criteria for all three lists is a state with a positive test rate higher than 10 per 100,000 residents or a state with a 10 percent or

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