Sequence orders up $19M led by A16Z for a new approach to B2B fintech • TechCrunch

When it comes to fintech, consumers have commanded the most attention in the last decade, with banking, credit, investing and other legacy services getting the disruption treatment. But at the same time, there’s been a growing trend for building more for the B2B market, and today one of the newer hopefuls in that space is announcing funding ahead of a public launch in Q4 this year. Sequence, which wants to create what it describes as a new kind of FinOps stack for B2B businesses — APIs and other tools to…

Chase Sapphire Preferred and Reserve Travel Insurance

Insider’s experts choose the best products and services to help make smart decisions with your money (here’s how). In some cases, we receive a commission from our our partners, however, our opinions are our own. Terms apply to offers listed on this page. I was able to visit Machu Picchu for nearly free with the points I earned from the Chase Sapphire Preferred card. Joseph Hostetler/Insider The Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card offers coverage like car rental and trip delay insurance. These benefits have saved me an average of $500 per…

Delta Vacations promotes diversity in ad images: Travel Weekly

Delta Vacations is spearheading a new initiative to change the face of travel marketing — literally. Delta Vacations and Adobe have partnered to launch Faces of Travel, a campaign to make the imagery used in travel advertising and on social media more inclusive of the diverse travelers who make up the brand’s client base. “Traditionally when you look at travel photos, it doesn’t show a broad representation of all of our customers and our customer bases,” Delta Vacations president Kama Winters said. “We’ve just launched a partnership that we’re really…

The Maine lake full of sunken steamboats

A mutual friend introduced McKeil to Robbins, and the two dreamed up a project based on their shared interest: a documentary about the sunken steamboats and an oral history effort to preserve stories of their glory days. With the help of a slew of locals – including former steamboat workers and residents who remember the tail end of the lake’s vacation era – they recently completed Sunken Steamboats of Moosehead Lake, which they are currently submitting to film festivals. “The steamboats are symbolic of a time when our region was…

CDC moves 3 tropical island getaways to ‘moderate’ risk category for Covid-19

Editor’s Note — Sign up for Unlocking the World, CNN Travel’s weekly newsletter. Get news about destinations opening and closing, inspiration for future adventures, plus the latest in aviation, food and drink, where to stay and other travel developments. (CNN) — The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Monday moved three tropical island getaways and one Middle Eastern nation into its “moderate” risk category for Covid-19. There were no new additions to its “high” risk category this week. The four new places now at “moderate” risk, or Level…

Idaho woman sentenced for embezzling over $3.6M for vehicles, property, travel and more

The following is a news release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Idaho. COEUR D’ALENE – Trina Welch, 49, of Osburn, was sentenced to 51 months in federal prison for committing wire fraud, U.S. Attorney Josh Hurwit announced Monday. According to court records, Welch was employed by Kasco of Idaho, LLC as a bookkeeper from 2012 until 2019. Kasco is a construction and telecommunication company that does work in Washington, Idaho, Oregon, Montana, and Alaska. Beginning in at least 2013 and continuing until the day she was…

How Egypt’s arbitrary travel bans quash dissent

When Karim Ennarah, a criminal justice researcher working with the Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights, a leading human rights organisation, was released from prison in early December 2020 after being arrested a few days earlier, his intention was to move as soon as possible to the UK with his wife, Jessica Kelly. But his plans were soon curtailed. Ennarah had been detained along with two other colleagues shortly after they held a meeting with top diplomats from 13 Western countries. And as is often the case with other human rights…

TSA line stretching into Seattle parking garage caused hour-plus waits

Security lines at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport stretched all the way back into the parking garage over the weekend, with some travelers reporting hours-long waits that caused them to miss flights. “We apologize and are listening,” the airport said Saturday in a travel alert posted to Twitter. “Please give yourself plenty of time to get through security to reach your gate.” Travelers like Carolyn Drake waited in security lines that stretched into a parking garage at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport on Sept. 18. (Video: The Washington Post) Airports beset by labor shortages…

TxDOT launches new travel app for Houston

The Texas Department of Transportation on Sept. 16 launched its new mobility app Houston ConnectSmart, which offers users a variety of different travel options to optimize commutes in the Greater Houston area. Regional commuters can use the application to find ideal routes and available nearby parking, view traffic conditions through TranStar roadside cameras, form private carpools for high-occupancy vehicle lanes, and get free emergency roadside assistance from Tow and Go, according to the website. Routes can be customized in different ways with filters such as speed or safety for cyclists.…

Gain Exposure to the Travel Industry With JRNY and CRUZ

Despite inflation remaining at decades-high levels, the travel industry has continued to see strong demand. Travel spending was roughly at 2019 levels in July, which marked the fourth consecutive month that spending was at, or above, 2019 levels, according to the U.S. Travel Association. Investors have several options for gaining exposure to the rebounding travel industry in an ETF wrapper. Two popular options are the ALPS Global Travel Beneficiaries ETF (JRNY) and the Defiance Hotel Airline and Cruise ETF (CRUZ). JRNY is the more diversified of the two offerings and…