Articles tagged “Klook”

Tripadvisor to Lay Off 200 Workers With Experiences Business in Line of Fire

Tripadvisor to Lay Off 200 Workers With Experiences Business in Line of Fire

Dennis Schaal, Skift

Along with its dining reservations business, Tripadvisor's tours and activities unit had been a bright spot. But well-funded competitors such as GetYourGuide and Klook have tightened the race, and Tripadvisor is feeling it.

1 month ago

New Unique Tours Draw Americans to Singapore But Creators Face Cost Issues

New Unique Tours Draw Americans to Singapore But Creators Face Cost Issues

Yixin Ng, Skift

A new generation of entrepreneurs is creating unique tours for visitors to Singapore. But fighting legacy tour players and online travel giants only makes the high costs of doing business harder to do business.

2 months ago

Asian Travelers to Go Slow and Solo in 2020, Online Searches Reveal

Asian Travelers to Go Slow and Solo in 2020, Online Searches Reveal

Raini Hamdi, Skift

Asian tourist behavior is changing, reflecting a more mindful — and responsible — traveler overall.

2 months ago

Online Travel Agency Giants Are on the Backfoot in Tours and Experiences

Online Travel Agency Giants Are on the Backfoot in Tours and Experiences

Sean O'Neill, Skift

Expedia, Booking.com, and Ctrip are boosting the supply of sightseeing and experiences options that can be booked in merely a few clicks. But several factors are complicating any plans they may have to dominate bookings in this sector the way they have in flights and hotels.

4 months ago

Is India the New China for Tourist-Hungry Destinations?

Is India the New China for Tourist-Hungry Destinations?

Raini Hamdi, Skift

India is becoming the boat that lifts Asia-Pacific destinations that have become too dependent on China outbound travel, which is sputtering. Australia is a good example of this.

5 months ago

What 5 Years of Klook Says About the Strength of Its Asia Playbook

What 5 Years of Klook Says About the Strength of Its Asia Playbook

Raini Hamdi, Skift

Since Klook's launch five years ago, big changes have occurred in the sector. TripAdvisor bought Viator, TUI-Musement, and Booking-FareHarbor, and most recently, Airbnb invested in Atlas Obscura. All this, plus competition from online travel agencies, will test Klook's playbook, even though its strategies seem sound for now.

5 months ago

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.

8 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?

11 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?

11 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.

11 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.

1 year 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.

1 year ago