The cooperation between Booking.com and the Grab platform added fuel to the global race for dominance in the tourism sector

first_imgThe race has started, and it is on this track that new news and “gamechanger” from Booking.com come to us. In any case, the gloves were thrown away, and the race for the huge tourist market began. But the most important thing, the biggest benefit at the end of the whole story, is to get the users themselves who will have a better user experience. The imperative of the mentioned companies is to become a kind of full service for passengers, ie to use as many additional services as possible through one application / service, which complement each other through one trip. From travel, accommodation, public transport, excursions, restaurants, attractions and tourist facilities… all under the slogan one profile, one platform and one unified service. Southeast Asia is visited by 130 million people a year TRIPADVISOR TRANSFORMATION: THE MOST SELLING EXPERIENCES Thus, users of Booking.com’s application will be able to access the services of the Grab platform in Singapore today, in Indonesia and Thailand before the end of the year, and in Cambodia, Malaysia, Myanmar, Vietnam and the Philippines in early 2020. The question everyone is asking is: Why stay only in the accommodation service, when we can use our power and large customer base and offer a much wider range of services to travelers. As a result, they all become direct competitors with each other and enter “someone else’s” yard. The gloves are thrown away. For the first time, the company is trying to offer on-demand transport, and with this move will connect international travelers visiting Cambodia, Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam and the Philippines with drivers through an application they already know and trust. It will also remove language and currency barriers that can deter many visitors from using the services of local carriers. By the way, Grab is the leading provider of on-demand transportation services in Asia (Asian “Uber”) and is also the owner of the most famous mobile application in Southeast Asia. Today, the Grab app has more than 152 million mobile downloads and gives users access to over 9 million drivers, retailers and resellers. Grab also has the largest number of land transport drivers in the region, and since its founding in 2012, it has recorded 3 billion trips. Grab also offers the widest selection of on-demand transportation services in the region, and also offers a range of food and package delivery services, in 336 cities in eight states. This initiative synergistically unites the strengths of the two leading companies in the field of technology and travel and marks the first collaboration of Grab with a global online brand in the field of travel from the west with the aim of creating a local experience. AIRBNB FOR NOW REFUSES TO PARTICIPATE IN A NEW ACCOMMODATION RENTAL PROGRAM WITHIN THE GOOGLE SEARCH Bryan Batista, CEO of Booking.com’s transportation department, said: “This time is exciting, people are discovering new ways to explore the world around them. Both we and Grab are pleased to push the boundaries by bringing together our unique strengths to provide added value and provide passengers with real, tangible benefits. Our mission is as simple as it is ambitious, we make it easy for everyone to explore the world. Guided by this, we will continue to test and develop innovative products. By providing our customers with intuitive technology solutions, we give them the freedom to explore, with more choice and personalization than ever before.” AIRBNB ABOLISHES GUESTS FEES TO MAKE MORE COMPETITIVE TO BOOKING It was only a matter of time before these technology giants and leaders in their sectors would use their power to embark on a much larger portion of the tourism pie that is growing year by year. RELATED NEWS: If you are not up to date, read a couple of related news on this topic, attached below. VIDEO: Announcement of cooperation between Booking.com and Grab / Photo: Booking.com AIRBNB AND 23ANDME ASSOCIATE TO POPULARIZE GENEALOGICAL TRIPS GOOGLE BECOMES A STRONGER PLAYER ON THE STAGE OF ONLINE TRAVEL AGENCIES GOOGLE INTRODUCES PRIVATE ACCOMMODATION RENTAL OPTION WITHIN ITS HOTEL RESERVATION APPLICATION BOOKING.COM ENTERS IN PARTNERSHIP TO ENABLE FLIGHT RESERVATIONS IN 7 EUROPEAN COUNTRIES TRIPADVISOR PLANS TO INTRODUCE A LOYALTY PROGRAM TO WIN THE BATTLE AGAINST GOOGLE TRAVEL Interestingly, 70% of the world’s on-demand transport activities take place in Asia, and Southeast Asia and its love of mobile technology are the logical ground for a new challenge of on-demand transport. WiFi networks are already more or less ubiquitous in this region, and smartphone use is projected to triple before the end of 2021. Namely, booking.com, in cooperation with the Grab platform, is introducing an on-demand transport service, giving users of Booking.com’s application access to the largest selection of drivers in 8 Southeast Asian countries. The integration of transportation services, at the request of the Grab platform, into Booking.com’s application is part of a broader strategic partnership between Booking Holdings and Grab. Booking Holdings is investing in Grab, and Grab, in collaboration with Agoda and Booking.com, has introduced hotel reservations directly in its app. HOTELTONIGHT APPLICATION BECAME PART OF AIRBNB Southeast Asia is visited by 130 million people a year, and the collaboration between Booking.com and Grab will provide them with the tools they need to travel as locals, from cashless payments through apps in users’ currencies that are critical to tourists, driver safety. customer service in the language of the user and most importantly all-in-one service – accommodation booking and taxi services through one platform. In the past year, an intense and large global race has begun between Booking.com, TripAdvisor, Airbnb and Google, which have begun to expand the range of their travel services to their customers. Booking.com users can already pre-book taxis in more than 120 countries and rent vehicles in more than 160 countries. Also, although it is still a pilot project, they can purchase and use public transport tickets in six European and Australian cities via the Booking.com app. Collaboration of Booking.com and the Grab platform BOOKING.COM LAUNCHES INDEPENDENT RESERVATION AND ATTRACTIONS WITHOUT THE NEED FOR PREVIOUS HOTEL ROOM RESERVATION BOOKING.COM LAUNCHES BOOKINGSUITE APP STORE. GAME CHANGER IN THE TOURISM SECTORlast_img read more

Getting in — then getting fed

first_imgSophomore Laura Pearson receives SNAP benefits and believes some USC requirements can be burdensome for students like herself. (Ling Luo/Daily Trojan) The apartment meal plan, which costs $1,300 for the 2018-19 school year, includes 150 dining dollars and 40 meal swipes per semester. That’s enough to cover roughly 110 meals, leaving more than 560 meals for students to cover on their own dimes throughout the year. As a result, students like Moore have had to take out extra loans to cover the additional expenses the apartment meal plan poses. Portnoy said that to combat some of these problems, she would suggest offering more affordable vendors or establishing a program with different price points depending on income status. Village for some, food desert for others “With a lot of students here being fairly well-off, I think a lot of them don’t realize just how much of a struggle other students have that are not as financially secure,” Pearson said. “I also think that goes hand-in-hand with the administration.” Another resource for students is the Late Night Hot Meal program, which is held at the United University Church on campus on Wednesdays. The program serves about 80 to 120 people every week and was established in Spring 2016. Russell said USC encourages students to look outside the University for local resources, and to speak to financial aid or an EBT case worker. Russell also said more solutions may become available in the future, but that he’s not ready to give details at this time. Food insecurity affects thousands of students like Moore at USC, where in 2017, 21 percent of undergraduate students were eligible for Pell Grants — a form of federal aid granted to low-income students. Over 2,000 students visited the Trojan Food Pantry in Parkside Apartments last semester to pick up free groceries. Between Sept. 7 and Dec. 19, over 2,200 people visited the food pantry, with roughly 60 to 70 attendees every day, according to Student Programs Advisor Luis Canton. At BBCM, the most popular entrees range from $16 to $30. Only one of its soup and salad options falls below $10. For pasta, the cheapest option is $19. Similarly at both Greenleaf and Saola, no sandwiches or burgers are cheaper than $10. “If someone has the ability to get funding from another entity, why should they be forced to use the dining dollars [and] the dining plan?” Pearson said. The pantry offers support for students trying to sign up for CalFresh, as well as food that food-insecure students can choose from weekly. However, the pantry previously did not allow students on the apartment meal plan to pick out food. Students eligible for CalFresh, California’s extension of SNAP, receive anywhere from $100 to $200 a month to help pay for food — about the same price as the meal plan. But unlike the apartment meal plan, students say they can make CalFresh benefits last by using them at several stores, including Trader Joe’s and Target, to cover all of their groceries for the month. For many, restrictions and requirements like the apartment meal plan create an additional burden that hinders access to adequate amounts of healthy, affordable food. Students cite the high costs of food on and around campus, the expensive mandatory meal plans and poor University communication as issues that exacerbate food insecurity and consequently increase personal stress. Moore fought the requirement after discovering the charge in her student account, teaming up with Mai Mizuno, then-USG director of community and external affairs, but ran into several dead ends. Eventually, Moore received an email from Lindsey Pine, a registered dietician working with USC Hospitality that read: “Financial issues and number of meals per day do not play a role in meal plan exemptions.” Later, Pine told her to consider off-campus living options. “When I found out I had to pay for [the apartment meal plan], I was shocked. I mean, I had to reevaluate my expenditures,” Moore said. ‘You do not have the chance to say no’ “This is a situation in which a meal plan [has] price points that are wrong; you can argue the amount is awkward, and they’re pushing it onto people,” USG Sen. Gabriel Savage said. “You do not have the chance to say no. It’s frustrating.” “I tend to try not to eat on campus or at [USC Village] because of the prices,” Pearson said. “I felt like they believed that I had a choice, financially, to live off campus,” Moore said. “It didn’t seem as if they were understanding, or even trying to understand, and I felt like I was automatically denied the waiver regardless of my financial situation.” “I think that USC does a good job of recruiting low income students, but I think once they get in the doors … there are so many barriers,” said Alec Vandenberg, USG director of external affairs. “I think that USC Village is a prime example of that. It’s very catered to a certain population on campus that can afford it, and it’s very exclusionary.” When Courtney Moore transferred to USC in Spring 2016, she knew that her family’s low socioeconomic status meant they would be unable to assist with living costs. So Moore, who has since graduated, made sure to apply for benefits from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program — otherwise known as food stamps — to supplement her grocery budget. Many students are unhappy with how expensive the average meal at USC Village is. They are also unable to use meal swipes there. One of those students is Laura Pearson, a sophomore majoring in philosophy and cognitive science, who receives SNAP benefits and recently ran for a Undergraduate Student Government senator position with food insecurity as a platform point. The apartment meal plan was created to give students convenience, in addition to ensuring students have access to food, according to Associate Director of Residential Dining Erik Russell. But requests to opt out are evaluated on a case-by-case basis, and students who are on SNAP cannot opt out. USC’s Apartment Meal Plan costs $1,300 for the 2018-19 school year and gives students 40 meal swipes per semester, which can be redeemed in areas like USC Village Dining Hall. (Photo courtesy of Derek Callahan) “The area around USC is classified as a food desert,” Portnoy said. A few on-campus resources already exist to assist students who experience food insecurity. Toward the end of the 2017-18 school year, the Trojan Food Pantry transitioned from a virtual pantry to occupying a physical space on campus and in Fall 2018, it transferred from a room in the Student Union to a slightly larger location at the base of Parkside Apartments. But a year after she matriculated at USC and had moved into Cardinal Gardens for the 2017-18 school year, she was told she was required to purchase USC’s mandatory apartment meal plan, adding $1,260 to her yearly expenses. Sarah Portnoy, a USC faculty member who specializes in food deserts and food insecurity, said that “of course” low-income students might gravitate more toward unhealthy options like local fast food chains because of the cost of the food offered at USC Village. Now, the pantry has moved to allow its services to be “only available to any currently enrolled USC student who does not have a dining hall meal plan or whose plan’s swipes have been fully used,” according to its website. For low-income students living in or near USC Village, expensive food choices can create additional financial issues. At SunLife Organics, a bowl or smoothie costs between $7 and $10, and the most expensive shake costs nearly $28. Developing resources “There’s a lot of movement, and a lot of ideas on the table, and I think that you’re going to see this being more [of] a topic, and you’ll see more solutions as we move forward,” Russell said.last_img read more

MAN ATTACKED STRANGER WHOM HE THOUGHT WAS SPYING ON HIS CHILDREN

first_imgA man assaulted another man after he thought he was spying on his children in his back garden.McGahern appeared at Letterkenny District Court.Edward McGahern, 39, attacked the man who had been looking over some fences as his daughter was considering buying a house in the area. Letterkenny District Court heard the victim was taking some measurements when he heard another man shouting at him.He initially ignored the shouts but then the accused approached him.Garda Inspector Goretti Sheridan said McGahern asked the accused why he was looking at his children and then pushed the victim and caused him to fall over and he banged his head.He began to bleed profusely and he was forced to go to hospice and get six stitches to treat his wound.Solicitor Patsy Gallagher said his client, after seeing the man looking over a fence, put two and two together and “got one hundred and two.”He said the victim was not known in the area and the altercation had happened after a series of unfortunate events.“My client believed this man was there for another purpose and he was not. He wrongly and unfortunately believed he was there for another purpose and he is deeply sorry for what happened,” said Mr Gallagher.The court heard that McGahern, of Lui na Greine, Oldtown, Letterkenny had 28 previous convictions including five for assault.Judge Paul Kelly told Mr Gallagher “This is an appalling situation that a man going about his business is approached by somebody and then attacked no matter what your client’s mistaken beliefs were.”He adjourned the case and asked for a victim impact report on the case.MAN ATTACKED STRANGER WHOM HE THOUGHT WAS SPYING ON HIS CHILDREN was last modified: April 14th, 2015 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:asaultcourtEdward McGahernletterkennyOldtownlast_img read more