Wednesday, March 10, 2021

Interview with Carlos Álvarez, CTO of Despegar

Despegar is reorganized for tourism of the new normal, with a focus on sanitary measures and online sales

One of the first Argentine unicorns, was worth as much as US$2.200 billion.The onslaught of Covid-19 with the stoppage of travels and tourism caused it to drop to US$420 million in March 2020. Today it resists, restructures itself based on an internal reorganization and a 35% cut in expenses, as it prepares for the new normal in the industry with an even greater focus on technologies and data analytics

Founded in 1998 by five entrepreneurs (Roberto Souviron, Martín Rastellino, Christian Vilate, Mariano Fiori and Alejandro Tamer), Despegar was a pioneer in the use of technologies: one of its first uses was to detect low-quality photos of hotels on sale. As Carlos Álvarez, his CTO, told Convergencialatina, education and the generation of talent were pillars at Despegar for the use of innovation in travel contracting.

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