A startup that checks some of the buzzy boxes is looking to create a business travel marketplace without much of the traditional distribution infrastructure. TravelBloc will target the unmanaged and small and medium-sized business segments. It plans to enlist travel management companies for support and use a global distribution system, but direct connections to airlines and hotels will be the primary booking channels.

The company aims to launch its services by year-end with B2B and B2C components built on blockchain and artificial intelligence.

A marketplace "free of commissions, overrides and sometimes GDS fees . . .

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