Accor has participated in a $10 million Series A fundraising round led by venture firm White Star Capital for the Paris-based chatbot maker Mindsay, which has rebranded itself from Destygo.

Some airlines and railways have been using chatbots and virtual assistants for more than a decade, or via platforms like Facebook Messenger and WeChat. A fortnight ago, Iberia’s iBot sold its first plane tickets, marking a new phase for AI.

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