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Plug and Play Travel & Hospitality Announces Corporate Award Winner for Winter 2021

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SUNNYVALE, CALIFORNIA, January 3, 2021 - H.I.S. U.S.A. Holding, Inc. received the Travel & Hospitality Corporate Innovation Award from Plug and Play at its Winter Summit 2021. Despite it being one of the toughest times in travel history, H.I.S. U.S.A. Holding, Inc. has been very active in startup collaborations within our Plug and Play ecosystem.

“At Plug and Play, we deeply value our partnership with H.I.S., their innovative spirit, and inspiring advances in open collaboration with us and our startup ecosystem. The launch of their sustainability-focused OTA, copolo.com, in partnership with CHOOOSE™, exemplifies our shared mission and approach in making the world a better place,” said Amir Amidi, Director of Plug and Play’s Travel & Hospitality Program. ”We’re honored to be part of H.I.S. Group’s impressive innovation journey, and so it is with great pleasure that, on behalf of Plug and Play, I present our 2021 Corporate Innovation Award to H.I.S. We can’t wait to see what they’ll do next.”

Hideo Hatano, Executive Officer at H.I.S. Co., Ltd. commented, “On behalf of H.I.S. Group, I would like to express my gratitude upon receiving this award. Through Plug and Play, we have worked with numerous startups and searched for new styles of travel in this new era. One of our major missions was to make travel better for the environment. So this year, we started copolo.com. Copolo has implemented startup services that we encountered within the Plug and Play ecosystem, and we plan on collaborate with more startups in the future. The brand has just started, and so we will continue to work with startups along with the help of Plug and Play to be innovative and to create new styles of travel.”

About Plug and Play

Plug and Play is the leading innovation platform, connecting startups, corporations, venture capital firms, universities, and government agencies. Headquartered in Silicon Valley, we're present in 35+ locations across five continents. We offer corporate innovation programs and help our corporate partners in every stage of their innovation journey, from education to execution. We also organize startup acceleration programs and have built an in-house VC to drive innovation across multiple industries where we've invested in hundreds of successful companies including Dropbox, Guardant Health, Honey, Lending Club, N26, PayPal, and Rappi. For more information, visit https://www.plugandplaytechcenter.com/

About H.I.S. U.S.A. Holding, Inc.

H.I.S. U.S.A. Holding, Inc. is a company which not only overlooks the entire H.I.S. branches in North America, but also seeks to find possibilities of co-creation of new businesses with startup companies. The startup division currently operates mainly in the West Coast. Since 2019, H.I.S. USA has invested and R&D on companies in and out of the travel industry. Some industries include; entertainment, energy, agriculture, robotics, and retail. H.I.S. has the ability to test new technologies / services using its worldwide network as well as the large theme park they own in Japan before the products hit the intended market. For more information, visit https://www.hisusaholding.com/.

About Copolo

Copolo is changing the way people travel by making carbon offsetting available for all of its travelers. As a new online travel provider in the US market, they aim to create more opportunities for people to make a difference with their purchases. A division of H.I.S. Co., Ltd., Copolo is part of one of the most established and innovative travel companies worldwide. H.I.S. Group is based in Tokyo, Japan and has 218 branches in 67 countries and 139 cities across the globe. They have been active in the US for over 30 years, with offices in New York, California, Hawaii, Illinois, Texas, and Florida. H.I.S. Group/Copolo become the first Japanese travel company to incorporate a seamless climate solution as an integrated part of its platform. For more information, visit www.copolo.com.