PRN: Skyscanner Takes Off in Philippines and Across Asia-Pacific
Skyscanner Takes Off in Philippines and Across Asia-Pacific
SINGAPORE, March 18, 2012 /PRNewswire/ --
Six months on from opening its regional headquarters in Singapore, world leading travel search company Skyscanner is seeing strong growth in Philippines and Asia-Pacific as a whole with traffic increases of up to 400 per cent in key markets. Â
Ewan Gray, Director for Asia Pacific, says:
"Growth in our primary target markets including Philippines has really taken off since we opened our Asia-Pacific headquarters. Â This speed of growth is something we've only seen before in Russia, where we went from a standing start to our second biggest market with over 2 million visits per month in only a couple of years."
"We expect to see this pace continue with the launch of low cost airlines in Asia. Â When you add that to the rapid growth of new channels in Asia-Pacific, where people are the most enthusiastic adopters of social media, it's a really exciting mix. Â And with more people visiting us from phones, tablets and our mobile apps, mobile internet sessions are outstripping main site sessions for the very first time. Â That's quite different from Europe, where roughly one in three users accesses our site through mobile." Â
Skyscanner is one of only a few truly one-stop travel search sites available globally that has, unlike most other industry players, independent relations with airline operators and online travel agents rather than relying on centralised data. Â Comparing prices direct from the airlines with online travel agents, Skyscanner shows results for over 1000 airlines, including low cost airlines and flagship carriers. Â Skyscanner's revolutionary search technology and flexible interface - sites are available in many different languages and currencies - allow every user to search for flights in precisely the way they want.
Gareth Williams, CEO and co-founder of Skyscanner, says:
"We are all about saving millions of people time and money with a comprehensive, intelligent and simple travel search experience. Â When it comes to Asia-Pacific, it is remarkable that nine out of ten of the most highly travelled air routes are in the region. Â And, it is striking that the diversity of the marketplace works to our strengths in a very similar way to Europe."
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