U.S. travel technology company Bookings Holdings on Thursday opened its first Center of Excellence in the Romanian capital as part of its vision for the future of travel.
The world leader in online travel plans to invest 100 million euros over 5 years and create 500 jobs.
The minister of Research, Innovation, and Digitalization Sebastian Burduja, Counselor for Commercial Affairs at the U.S. Embassy, Pamela Ward were joined by representatives from the American Chamber of Commerce and the Association of Business Service Leaders for the opening of the Booking Holdings’ 4,000 sq meter office space in Bucharest, a press release said.
The Center of Excellence will provide access to specialized and skilled talent, support projects powered by new and emerging technologies, leverage industry best practices, and foster collaboration opportunities across all the Booking Holdings brands, including Booking.com, Priceline, Agoda, KAYAK, OpenTable and Rentalcars.com.
The new Center of Excellence in Bucharest will focus on supporting core CyberSecurity and Fraud monitoring capabilities, IT Infrastructure, and Procurement Analytics, with new capabilities in other areas.
The Center aims to create a flexible and inclusive workplace experience. The office theme and design concepts, developed by Gensler, draw on elements from different cultures and regions around the world to evoke the spirit of travel and the diversity at the heart of the Booking Holdings community.
Traditional textiles from Romania have been used in meeting rooms and team areas, with color schemes inspired by the different Booking Holdings brands.
“When we were looking for the best place to open our first Center of Excellence, we wanted somewhere that would meet the needs of our dynamic, diverse and digital-first organization, both today and as we continue to grow and evolve in the future,” said Paulo Pisano, Chief Human Resources Officer for Booking Holdings.
“Bucharest’s abundance of diversified and multilingual talent, including strong functional capabilities in relevant areas, the quantity and expertise of partner providers in the market, a high-grade digital infrastructure, promising national economic growth, and available cutting-edge office facilities, all played into our decision to open here.”
The research, innovation and digitalization minister said: “Booking is part of my life and my family’s life and thank you for accomplishing the mission of enabling us all to travel. Your presence here is a testament to your company’s vision, and to this country’s resources.”
Minister Counselor for Commercial Affairs at the U.S. Embassy, Pamela Ward shared: “I am confident that the opening of this Center for Excellence will not only uphold Booking Holdings’ reputation as a dynamic, diverse, and digital-first organization but also support its continued global growth and provide jobs and build prosperity in Romania and the United States.”
Online travel services
Booking Holdings (NASDAQ: BKNG) is the world’s leading provider of online travel and related services, provided to consumers and local partners in more than 220 countries and territories through six primary consumer facing brands: Booking.com, Priceline, Agoda, Rentalcars.com, KAYAK and OpenTable.