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Articles tagged “grab”

Hotels

Marriott Leans Into Superapps to Build Up Loyalty

The likes of Alibaba, Grab, and Rakuten have billions of members. If hotels can tap into a just fraction of their users, and convert them to their own loyalty schemes, they'll be mighty happy.

Marriott Leans Into Superapps to Build Up Loyalty

Online Travel

Will Airbnb’s Lackluster Ad Campaign Backfire as a Travel Recovery Picks Up Later This Year?

Airbnb officials fell in love with the perceived artistry of their TV commercials, which don't have a targeted message. That could produce aftershocks later this year if rivals take advantage.

Will Airbnb’s Lackluster Ad Campaign Backfire as a Travel Recovery Picks Up Later This Year?

Online Travel

Southeast Asian Superapp Grab to Go Public With Altimeter at $40 Billion Valuation

The Grab-Altimeter Growth Corp. 2 merger immediately becomes one of the highest profile such transactions in travel. Grab already dominates its superapp sector in Southeast Asia, and the funding infusion should help it get stronger.

Southeast Asian Superapp Grab to Go Public With Altimeter at $40 Billion Valuation

Hotels

Sonder Could Go Public at a $2.5 Billion Valuation Through a Merger With a Blank Check Company

The blank check frenzy may be sweeping up companies such as Sonder that would otherwise have had to wait their turn to go public. It would certainly be an interesting comeback for the quasi-hotel company whose prospects were not looking particularly bright a year ago.

Sonder Could Go Public at a $2.5 Billion Valuation Through a Merger With a Blank Check Company

Online Travel

A Former Top Exec at Orbitz and Uber on What AirAsia Can Expect in Online Travel Competition

Running an airline isn't easy, and neither is launching ridesharing, financial services, and delivery businesses from scratch. AirAsia has its work cut out for it in terms of the required investments and trying to be everything to everyone in Southeast Asian markets with entrenched incumbents.

Airlines

AirAsia’s Tony Fernandes Talks Digital Transformation in Exclusive Skift Interview

With the closure of its operation in Japan and rumblings about selling its stake in India, AirAsia Group will have to renews its focus on core markets in Southeast Asia. But while the airline operation turns inward, the group's e-commerce operation is gambling on expansion.

AirAsia’s Tony Fernandes Talks Digital Transformation in Exclusive Skift Interview

Online Travel

Airbnb Rallies Hosts Against Pending Chicago Ban on Single-Night Stays

Airbnb has bigger concerns than the scenario of one more big city, Chicago, that is potentially tightening its short-term rental restrictions. But such an action certainly wouldn't help.

Airbnb Rallies Hosts Against Pending Chicago Ban on Single-Night Stays

Online Travel

Grab Nabs $856 Million From Japanese Investors Amid Merger Speculation With Rival Gojek

Whether rumors of a merger with rival Gojek will become a fact remain to be seen, but the latest fund injection Grab received for its payment services war chest is a clear boost for its valuation.

Grab Nabs $856 Million From Japanese Investors Amid Merger Speculation With Rival Gojek

Tourism

How Not to Close an Island: Tourism Lessons From Indonesia

Closing islands for a rehab seems fashionable in Southeast Asia. It shouldn’t be. Authorities must first assess options carefully, and by no means should premature announcements be made. Just look at the Komodo Island example and the wrong messages Indonesia has sent about one of its most unique tourism assets.

How Not to Close an Island: Tourism Lessons From Indonesia

Rail

Indonesia’s Gojek Says It Will Raise $2 Billion By Year’s End

Gojek's optimism it will raise $2 billion by the year's end is not misplaced. Though the funding is less than half of Grab's $4.5 billion, Gojek has its strengths. It is more creative, expanding into medicine and massage delivery even, and is more marketing-savvy than Grab.

Indonesia’s Gojek Says It Will Raise $2 Billion By Year’s End