### A Proud History
The long time supporters of the Perl community, world-class business ,and a leading employer of Perl programmers worldwide, [Booking.com][booking] has added a generous sponsorship to the Core Maintenance Fund. It is a great privilege to announce that they have added one hundred thousand dollars to the initiative.
[Booking.com][booking] have been supporters of the fund since its inception and have long championed the important work that this brings to the Perl community. It is well known that a number of prominent Perl community developers work for Booking.com who give time and support to the community work. Booking are also very visible at conferences and events and are hosts of a number of community projects and conferences.
The Perl Foundation are proud of the support that [Booking.com][booking] bring to the community and to this important fund. Dan Wright (Treasurer of TPF) had this to say:
> ‘I have spent many years marvelling at the support we get from many companies in the Perl world. I work for a company that is proud to be a part of the community and to sponsor and support our language and the people around it. So it is humbling when other companies approach me with such generous contributions.
> [Booking.com][booking], like so many other organisations and individuals who contribute to the Perl community, are a great part of why we all succeed with Perl.’
### About Booking.com
Established in 1996 in Amsterdam, [Booking.com][booking] has grown from a small Dutch start-up to one of the largest travel e-commerce companies in the world. Part of The Priceline Group (NASDAQ: PCLN), [Booking.com][booking] now employs more than 15,000 employees in 198 offices in 70 countries worldwide.
With a mission to empower people to experience the world, [Booking.com][booking] invests in digital technology that helps take the friction out of travel. At Booking.com, we connect travellers with the world’s largest selection of incredible places to stay, including everything from apartments, vacation homes, and family-run B&Bs to 5-star luxury resorts, tree houses and even igloos. The Booking.com website and mobile apps are available in over 40 languages, offer 1,533,448 properties, and cover 123,250 destinations in 229 countries and territories worldwide.
Each day, more than 1,550,000 room nights are reserved on our platform. So whether travelling for business or leisure, customers can instantly book their ideal accommodation quickly and easily with Booking.com, without booking fees and backed up by our promise to price match. Via our customer experience team, customers can reach Booking.com 24/7 for assistance and support in over 40 languages, any time of the day or night.
### The Perl 5 Core Maintenance Fund
As you may have read earlier this year the Perl 5 Core Maintenance Fund was coming to an end of its initial grant funding and the fund itself was almost out of capital. At that time we placed a call out to extend the vital work that has been done over the last five years. Booking.com are the first company to respond and we are very grateful to them.
The initial fund round raised over half a million dollars that has been used to fund several full time developers who have made significant improvements to Perl 5 and to the language. This second round of funding will see the initiative make more changes.
If you would like to join with [Booking.com][booking] in sponsoring the fund then please do not hesitate to contact the Perl Foundation.
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