Dec 12, 2011 – Asians are getting wealthier, and the Asian tourism sector is one of the fastest growing in the world. At the same time, they’re also getting more Internet savvy, and while infrastructure in developing countries are lacking, that has not stopped them from accessing the Internet in droves through their mobile phones.
These two trends present tantalizing opportunities for startups who want to reach out to a new generation of young Asian travelers with increasingly sophisticated tastes. And indeed, many startups in Singapore and Asia are starting to do so.
Here, we survey some of the interesting travel startups in Singapore, and tease out some trends that may very well represent the future of Asia’s booming tourism industry.
Expect more travel deals and rewards that can be redeemed online.
Travelogy, a travel startup that operates travel sites ComeSingapore.com and TripZilla.com, is also using daily deals to draw visitors in.
ComeSingapore.com is a comprehensive site that offers visitors to Singapore information on places of attraction, upcoming events, and hotel accomodations in the country. The site also aggregate deals to local places in Singapore. TripZilla.com (formerly known as TourPackages.com.sg)
The article also talks about other trends, predicting the rise of sustainable tourism, customized travel itineraries, and the use of aggregation by online travel planning tools to make sense of a veritable sea of competing deals.
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Travelogy.com is a Singapore startup that provides infocomm and digital media solutions to the travel and hospitality industry.