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

Branden Grace captures Joburg Open

first_img16 January 2012South Africa’s Branden Grace captured his maiden European Tour title and his second Sunshine Tour win in the Joburg Open on Sunday. “It’s a dream come true,” he said.Just prior to the event, Grace had picked up the Gary Player Trophy at the Sunshine Tour’s annual awards for the leading stroke average on last season’s Tour. He continued his low-scoring form on the Royal Johannesburg and Kensington Golf Club’s East and West courses.With three excellent rounds of five-under-par 67, six-under 66, and seven-under 65, it was Grace’s tournament to lose after three rounds and a final round level-par 72 was enough to earn him victory by a single shot over Jamie Elson.Set the course alightThe Englishman set the course alight over the final 18 holes, firing a nine-under-par 63 to rocket up the leaderboard, making it into the clubhouse on 16-under-par 271. Despite the pressure his superb effort created, Grace held firm to claim the victory.“It’s been a long time coming and it’s nice to take my first win at home,” he told the Sunshine Tour’s website. “Hard work and consistency paid off.“From just getting my European Tour card, to gaining exemption, to playing events I never thought I would, this year has really been unbelievable.”‘I stuck to my game plan’He added: “I didn’t really look at the leaderboard, but I did see that Jamie was 16-under and finished, so I knew it was up to my hands. But I stuck to my game plan and that was enough at the end.”With Elson finishing early and with an eagle on the last hole, Grace needed to keep his game together; his round could hardly have been more solid, consisting of 16 pars, one bogey and one birdie.The victory earned Grace the biggest cheque of his career, worth €206 050 (approximately R2.12-million), and further earned him a European Tour exemption until the end of 2013 and a place at the 2012 Volvo Golf Champions, which take place at Fancourt from 19 to 22 January. The Fancourt field features only winners of European Tour events in the past year, as well as current Tour members who have won at least 10 European Tour titles.With the win, Grace also moved to the top of the European Tour’s Race to Dubai standings. They’re currently dominated by South Africans, with Louis Oosthuizen in second place, Joburg Open runner-up Jamie Elson in third, Tjaart van der Walt in fourth, Jaco van Zyl in fifth, and Retief Goosen in sixth.Missed the cutGrace succeeded Charl Schwartzel as champion. Schwartzel, ranked inside the world’s top 10, was the two-time defending champion but surprisingly missed the cut by one shot.There was a logjam for third place with Scotland’s David Drysdale and Marc Warren joining South Africans Michiel Bothma, Trevor Fisher junior, Dawie van der Walt and Jaco van Zyl on 14-under-par 273.George Coetzee was in a strong position after three rounds on 14-under-par, but a disappointing final round of 75 took him out of the mix and dropped him to a share of fourteenth place.Retief Goosen enjoyed two strong rounds, opening with a 66 and 67, but those were followed by rounds of 71 and 73, which took him out of the running, and left him on 10-under 277 in 16th place.LEADERBOARD(South African unless otherwise stated) Branden Grace (-17) 67, 66, 65, 72, 270Jamie Elson (Eng) (-16) 63, 75, 70, 63, 271Michiel Bothma (-14) 68, 66, 68, 71, 273David Drysdale (Sco) (-14) 65, 72, 69, 67 273Trevor Fisher jnr (-14) 68, 68, 69, 68 273Dawie van der Walt (-14) 70, 66, 67, 70, 273Jaco van Zyl (-14) 67, 69, 69, 68, 273Marc Warren (Sco) (-14) 66, 69, 70, 68, 273Jbe Kruger (-13) 67, 66, 69, 72, 274George Murray (Sco) 65, 69, 73, 67, 274Robert Rock (Eng) 65, 67, 72, 70, 274Bernd Wiesberger (Aut) 70, 66, 69, 69, 274 Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

Citizens key to making NDP work: Manuel

first_img4 February 2014An active citizenry is vital if South Africa is to meet the goals set out in its National Development Plan (NDP), National Planning Minister Trevor Manuel said on Monday.Addressing students, academics and members of the public at Stellenbosch University, Manuel said it was not only up to the government to meet the country’s needs, but that ordinary South Africans also had an important role to play in making the NDP’s Vision 2030 a reality.The NDP is a policy blueprint for eliminating poverty and reducing inequality in South Africa by 2030. Among other things, it identifies the key constraints to faster growth and presents a roadmap to a more inclusive economy that will address the country’s socio-economic imbalances.Manuel called on South Africans to work together to “fight against social ills such as rape and abuse to ensure that women can walk in the streets at any time of the day.“South Africans must also ask how they can reverse the effects of the Group Areas Act and ensure that towns and suburbs become more racially mixed.”Manuel said the NDP was not just a “plan for government … it’s a plan for all of us in South Africa”.Although the country’s social compact was damaged, he said, it “wasn’t beyond repair”, and this could be addressed through “strengthened leadership”.The kind of society envisaged in the Constitution was entirely attainable, he said, but required South Africans to take their share of responsibility for making the country a better place.Source: SAnews.gov.zalast_img read more