SINGAPORE, 25 November 2021: As countries across the Asia Pacific reopen borders to international travellers, Agoda extends its ‘Welcome Back’ campaign by adding content to improve accessibility and travel efficiency.
Better autonomy over quarantine stays
Agoda is now expanding its alternative state quarantine
packages for travellers looking to book accommodation for their mandatory
quarantine needs across Asia.
Repatriates and inbound travellers can now search
availability, room type, and pricing in real-time and pick from over 600
government-approved hotels worldwide, including new locations in Hong Kong,
Indonesia, Taiwan, and the Philippines, with more market options expected to
join the programme in the coming months.
By simplifying the search and booking process participating
hotels will also benefit from Agoda’s extensive international reach to drive
higher exposure and conversion for travellers looking for a broader selection
of quarantine hotels as countries reopen.
“As international travel remains complex, it is not
enough to have good supply and price. We want to give customers autonomy and
flexibility over quarantine stays, clarity on which type of rates they need to
book, and what requirements and restrictions exist for their travel route,”
said Agoda regional vice president partner services Southeast Asia and Oceania,
Navigating through Covid-19 restrictions
Agoda has partnered with Sherpa, a digital solutions
provider, to build a travel restrictions world map explorer
The interactive map housed on Agoda’s platform will detail
entry restrictions and Covid-19 documentation, testing requirement, quarantine
protocols and more – for destinations worldwide. The web-based widget pulls together
the latest data and information in real-time via an interactive map for easy
Travellers can choose a country or territory on the map to
identify what restrictions are in place before inputting their passport issuing
country, origin and destination country, and vaccination status.
Agoda is building country and city guides are starting with
Thailand due to launch the first week of December, followed by other
destinations such as the Philippines, Taiwan, Indonesia, France, US, UAE, South
Korea, Japan, and Singapore by year-end.
Agoda’s recently launched ‘Welcome Back’ promotions will
promote international travel via a large marketing campaign across multiple
platforms with a promise of lower rates.
Upcoming products in the pipeline include new Vaccination
Badges, which will showcase the vaccination status of hotel staff, with further
information on the safety and hygiene standards of each property. This aims to
help more conscious travellers gain the confidence/assurance needed in their
travel decisions. The travel platform is also working with third-party
providers for Covid testing capabilities in key regions. If successful in its
test markets, Agoda plans to scale this service globally with other services
like Covid-related insurance plans and rapid test kits.
“These products add to an ever-expanding repertoire of
integrated marketing campaigns that have been recently rolled for our partners.
Our recent GoLocal and Vaxxed To Go initiatives have proven successful in
driving traffic to properties by leveraging Agoda’s various marketing
touchpoints and property badges for easy filtered searching. We want to
continue building on this to help stimulate both domestic and international
tourism,” adds Casals.