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WiT Singapore 2018: It's just a matter of time before drones take over commercial aircraft, says Bobby Healy

Web In Travel (WIT) 16 October 2018
Tech futurist and CTO of CarTrawler Bobby Healy gave the WiT Singapore 2018 audience a glimpse into where travel tech is headed and what the future of travel might look like in the next 10 to 20 years.

Top 3 WiT Startup Pitch finalists picked; all 12 semifinalists receive Amazon Web Services credits

Web In Travel (WIT) 15 October 2018
The WiT Startup Pitch 2018, in a first collaboration with Amazon Web Services (AWS), has narrowed its search for the Startup of the Year to the last three.

WiT Bootcamp 2018: Culture Trip takes flight through travel content

Web In Travel (WIT) 15 October 2018
With a calm demeanor attesting to his background in academic psychiatry, and not a tie-dyed item in sight, Dr Kris Naudts may not at first glance seem the most obvious candidate for the next empire builder in travel content.

AirAsia to transform into a travel tech company, with help from Google

Web In Travel (WIT) 10 October 2018
From a low cost carrier to a digital airline, and now Malaysia-based AirAsia aims to become a travel tech company, teaming up with Google Cloud, the search giant’s cloud computing platform, to accomplish that.

Strong consumer support contributes US$47b in extra revenue for airlines

Web In Travel (WIT) 24 September 2018
An estimated 73 airlines made a whopping US$47.2 billion in extra revenue from a wide range of à la carte, commission-based, and frequent flyer related activities, representing 9.6% of total sales for these carriers.

LINE TRAVEL jp receives a record 20 million visitors

Web In Travel (WIT) 18 September 2018
Japan’s leading online travel metasearch and media, LINE TRAVEL jp, is seeing a rapid increase in visitors to its site, recording 20 million in August 2018.

Tripfez launches Umrah API to power Islamic app Raudhah

Web In Travel (WIT) 18 September 2018
Two Malaysian companies – Muslim-friendly hotel booking portal Tripfez and digital marketing specialist Media Prima Digital – have introduced a new *Umrah package booking feature on Raudhah, designed to cater to the religious needs of Muslims in Malaysia and globally.

TripAdvisor unveils the next big thing - the world's most "personalised and connected" travel community

Web In Travel (WIT) 17 September 2018
When Steve Kaufer was last in Singapore this time last year, he spoke to us about his vision for TripAdvisor to offer “the complete package to enable our 400 million users to experience much better vacations”.

Travelport and IBM introduce AI platform to manage corporate travel spend

Web In Travel (WIT) 16 August 2018
Corporate travel is on the rise, and with annual global business travel spend to reach a record US$1.2 trillion this year, as projected by the Global Business Travel Association, travel managers are continuously looking for new ways to reduce costs.

How an island boy and his team grew Klook into a 'fast fish' which now wants to swim in world's ocean

Web In Travel (WIT) 14 August 2018
Eric Gnock Fah still remembers the day he presented at the WiT Startup Pitch in Tokyo in June 2015. It was barely a year after he and co-founder Ethan Lin had started Klook, their “discover and book fun-things-to-do at exclusive prices” business, in Hong Kong.

The Wrap: Swissotel The Stamford gets 'smart' with new technology

Web In Travel (WIT) 8 August 2018
AccorHotel’s Swissôtel The Stamford in Singapore is doing just that, as it is the first hotel to showcase a new management smart system – Interact Hospitality – which promises to “redefine the guest experience, simplifies hotel operations, saves energy, improves staff efficiency and satisfaction”.

South Korea's MyRealTrip joins hands with Naver to launch 'Naver Tour'

Web In Travel (WIT) 7 August 2018
South Korea’s leading travel platform, MyRealTrip, has launched a new service called “Naver Tour” in partnership with Naver, the country’s largest Internet company.
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Letter from Sydney: Of food made for instagram and the journey towards NDC, diversity and chatbots

Web In Travel (WIT) 3 August 2018
At the Two Sis café in Pyrmont where I had lunch my last day in Sydney, the place was packed with youngsters from Asia – there’s a local university nearby and so it’s popular with students. Let’s say my friends and I brought up the average age substantially.
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The Wrap: CWT's new analytics tool provides full visibility on travel spend

Web In Travel (WIT) 2 August 2018
A survey by GBTA Foundation, sponsored by Carlson Wagonlit Travel (CWT), found that 64% of travel managers feel they don’t have enough data to calculate the total cost of a trip. Nearly three-quarters (73%) struggle to reconcile differences in reports due to data formatting, while 58% said they spend too much time reconciling and cleaning data.
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Meet M.A.R.V.I.E. - Scoot's new virtual intern and Asia's first transactional chatbot

Web In Travel (WIT) 23 July 2018
The low cost arm of Singapore Airlies, Scoot, on July 23 launched a transactional chatbot named M.A.R.V.I.E. (Most Awesome and Resourceful Virtual Intern Ever) on its Singapore Facebook page via Facebook Messenger.
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After Zanadu, Wu plunges into blockchain and crypto to build Next Gen travel platform. Here's how he will do it

Web In Travel (WIT) 18 July 2018
Having built up Zanadu into China’s premier lifestyle travel platform after a tough but rewarding five years, Zan Wu, together with his co-founder, Dirk Eschenbacher, now wants to create a new startup, Atlas, into “the next generation TripAdvisor and Booking.com combined” using blockchain and crypto.
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Airlines flying high with rising ancillary revenue

Web In Travel (WIT) 18 July 2018
“’Resolute’ is a word that perfectly describes the determined and unwavering force known as the ancillary revenue movement,” is the introduction of the 2017 Top 10 Airline Ancillary Revenue Rankings, a new report by IdeaWorksCompany, sponsored by CarTrawler.
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Through The Looking Glass: What drives Industry 4.0 companies and how you can be Business 4.0

Web In Travel (WIT) 16 July 2018
If you are a Business 3.0 company, it’s time to take it up a notch because Industry 4.0 is here where tech adoption is happening at an accelerated scale, challenging traditional business models and giving rise to new ones. And if you look “Through The Looking Glass”, you can take lessons from other traditional industries such as electricity generation, retail and life sciences.
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Taiwanese tours & activities platform KKday enters China under Alibaba partnership

Web In Travel (WIT) 13 July 2018
Taiwanese tours and activities platform, KKday, is going from strength to strength as it recently announced a new investment from the Alibaba Entrepreneurs Fund. The investment details have not been disclosed. With this, the three-year old startup is collaborating with Alibaba to launch a flagship store under Alibaba Group’s travel portal, Fliggy. It marks KKday’s assertive step into the Chinese market, with a regional office in Shanghai.
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Meta & Messaging: A Marriage Made In Heaven? LINE invests in Venture Republic to ease entry into travel

Web In Travel (WIT) 12 July 2018
In yet another sign of the consolidation and disruption taking place in the digital travel space, LINE Corporation, which runs Japan’s dominant messaging app, has taken a 34% equity in Venture Republic (VR), which operates “Travel.jp” Japan’s leading travel metasearch.
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John Brown on succession, startup culture and how AI is part of everything Agoda does

Web In Travel (WIT) 10 July 2018
Some might argue that John Brown, the new CEO of Agoda, has a harder job today than Rob Rosenstein, the man whom he recently succeeded and who founded the Thailand-based hotel portal with Michael Kenny in 1998. John Brown on the “super competitive” time: “Everybody is here, without exception.” After all, back then, it was the early heady days of the Internet, there wasn’t a lot of competition – certainly not as intense and disruptive as it is today – and technology, okay, mobile hadn’t completely fragmented the customer journey, and you didn’t have words like machine learning, AI and blockchain to contend with.
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How technology has given 83-year-old Masako Wakamiya wings

Web In Travel (WIT) 5 July 2018
If there is one person who has proven that technology transcends age, it is Masako Wakamiya. At WIT Japan & North Asia 2018, the 83-year-old inspired the audience with her passion for life, learning and travel and why she believes technology can help redefine ageing in modern society. Born in 1935, Wakamiya spent her life after university working as a bank clerk for MUFG Bank (formerly Mitsubishi Bank) right up until her retirement. Having always had a fierce curiosity for technology, Wakamiya recounted how she always felt the need to get her hands on the latest gadgets.
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Razzle. Dazzle. Frazzle. A robot's welcome to Tokyo

Web In Travel (WIT) 2 July 2018
It’s probably not what the doctor would have ordered – catching the Robot Show in Tokyo right after two days of intense conferencing and sleep deprivation. But maybe it was exactly what I needed to take me completely over the adrenalin meter.
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New tech jazzing up destination marketing

Web In Travel (WIT) 28 June 2018
When Singapore wanted to showcase its new brand campaign “Passion Made Possible” and change travellers’ perceptions of it as a stopover destination in the British and German markets, it turned to Expedia Media Solutions to deliver a multi-faceted digital marketing campaign.
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The Wrap: Amadeus achieves level 3 certification on latest NDC standard, accepts Qantas to its distribution programme

Web In Travel (WIT) 14 June 2018
In the news: NDC and data protection are current ‘hot’ issues among technology companies, travel providers as well as travellers. Here are the latest developments in these two areas. Distribution: Amadeus achieves level 3 certification on latest NDC standard, accepts Qantas to its distribution programme

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