Articles tagged “Klook”

Asian Tours Aggregator BeMyGuest Gets Funding Shot in Arm

Asian Tours Aggregator BeMyGuest Gets Funding Shot in Arm

Raini Hamdi, Skift

A leaner and freshly funded BeMyGuest is in a stronger position to harness the growth of Asia’s tours and activities sector. But competition is also mightier.

2 months ago

Southeast Asia’s Online Travel Agency Traveloka Moves Into Food and Wellness Choices

Southeast Asia’s Online Travel Agency Traveloka Moves Into Food and Wellness Choices

Raini Hamdi, Skift

Here's a riddle: If Traveloka sells lifestyle services and AirAsia is not just an airline, what is an online travel agency? The industry will have to coin a new term since everyone is starting to sell more than just flights and hotels. Any suggestions?

5 months ago

Klook Receives $225 Million SoftBank Investment in Nod to Tours and Activities

Klook Receives $225 Million SoftBank Investment in Nod to Tours and Activities

Raini Hamdi, Skift

For the first time, an Asian startup, Klook, is attracting the highest funding ever in tours and activities. For the last time, can skeptics of this travel sector please bow out?

5 months ago

GetYourGuide Defies Conventional Wisdom on Tour Booking So Far

GetYourGuide Defies Conventional Wisdom on Tour Booking So Far

Sean O'Neill, Skift

GetYourGuide may close an approximately $300 million funding round this year with possible participation by new investors like SoftBank and Temasek. If true, investors would be betting that the attractions booking agency can continue to defy several assumptions about young travel companies.

5 months ago

Expedia Winning at Mobile in Southeast Asia: New Study

Expedia Winning at Mobile in Southeast Asia: New Study

Raini Hamdi, Skift

A bigger chunk of online travel bookings will be made through mobile in Southeast Asia and players need to improve the user experience fast. Learn from Expedia, which has been anointed the guru of mobile in the region by a Google/Accenture study.

6 months ago

Rail Is the Next Big Thing for Asia’s Online Travel Platforms

Rail Is the Next Big Thing for Asia’s Online Travel Platforms

Raini Hamdi, Skift

After low cost carriers, the next big thing that will change the way Asians travel could be rail. A rail-volution is in the air and online travel platforms want in. But it’s not that easy. Here’s why.

7 months ago

Why the Shangri-La and Klook Partnership Isn’t as Odd as It Seems

Why the Shangri-La and Klook Partnership Isn’t as Odd as It Seems

Raini Hamdi, Skift

Hotel chains and tours and activities are converging again as Shangri-La Hotels & Resorts and Klook strike a partnership. The deal, following Marriott International’s stake in PlacePass last year, has its potential pitfalls but the upside could be huge for both parties if they can make it go smoothly.

9 months ago

Independent Chinese Travelers Close Gap With Tour Groups

Independent Chinese Travelers Close Gap With Tour Groups

Dan Peltier, Skift

A chunk of the Chinese market has reached maturity in just a few years when it took some Western markets decades to do the same thing. Now watch how destinations respond to more independent Chinese travelers.

10 months ago

Klook Raises $200 Million to Expand Activity Bookings

Klook Raises $200 Million to Expand Activity Bookings

Sean O'Neill, Skift

Given its new lofty valuation of more than $1 billion, Klook has become too expensive for most online travel companies to justify as an acquisition. But would a possible IPO within a few years be successful?

1 year ago

Asian Activities Booking Platform Klook Heads to the Americas

Asian Activities Booking Platform Klook Heads to the Americas

Raini Hamdi, Skift

Hong Kong-based Klook has selected the Americas as its first stop for expansion outside Asia. To beat the deeply entrenched competition, it will have to find partners that can adapt to the needs of Asian travelers.

2 years ago

Tours and Activities Site Klook Secures $60 Million Round as Goldman Sachs Invests

Tours and Activities Site Klook Secures $60 Million Round as Goldman Sachs Invests

Sean O'Neill, Skift

Klook's rapid growth suggests that a growing number of Chinese and other Asian outbound travelers want to travel independently, instead of in groups, and thus book their activities a la carte. That portends a sea change in the travel industry.

2 years ago