Missed this one – thank to Jon for pointing it out:
Without any doubt – this is the best website for travel info to SEAsia :: https://www.travelfish.org/
Google pretty much dominates search and their power over the internet and information retrieval is immense.
I am Stuart and crew are not the only ones suffering. At some point the world’s governments need to do something about the absolute power of big tech.
Google recently revamped its suite of travel services, a move that some in the travel industry believe will entrench its market power.
— Read on www.afr.com/chanticleer/why-google-will-own-travel-20190705-p524jf
Congrats to Travelstop team – awesome stuff.
BUSINESS TRAVEL MANAGEMENT SERVICES FOR SMALL COMPANIES
Money Raised: $1.2 million
Headline Investors: SeedPlus
Skift Take: TravelPerk and TripActions are popularizing cloud-based business travel management in the U.S. and Europe. The startups offer services for high-growth, midsize businesses that are too small to hire full-service travel management agencies but too large to cope with travel booking hassles on their own. Travelstop aims to bring a locally relevant and uniquely sophisticated version of this concept to Southeast Asia. It can cope with local tax issues and preferred payment methods, and it can offer bookings on most regional and budget carriers. CEO Prashant Kirtane previously co-founded Travelmob, a vacation rental booking service that Expedia Group acquired in 2015.
On holiday in Bodrum and enjoying the weather, the food, the company and just chilling.
I am averaging about 5-6 Turkish coffees per day. We have a proper machine in the house and a packet of Turkish coffee is about 2 SGD. Heaven.
In general I am eating way too much but the meats, cheeses and breadS are to die for. And quite affordable.
One things I do miss though is fast internet, affordable 4G and NFC payments. Most places the internet is in okay but always feels delayed. It was cheaper to turn on my M1 roaming than to purchase a local SIM card since the card was about the same prices as my roaming but only for 8GB. I have 150GB with my M1 plan. Easy decision.
Lots of places take credit card but it’s chip based and they don’t work with Paywave or Apple Pay which sucks cause I am so used to using my phone for payments everywhere. I wonder why this is just not a thing here given it’s phone friendly place and there are machines everywhere that have the Paywave symbol but usually don’t work.
Anyways. Back to the food.
Pretty cool story.
Huge applause for what Travelfish has done here. Amazing to see someone not only take a stand but also try and help.
Haven’t caught this newsletter before.
There is a lot of travel stuff going on out there.
Singaporean start-up, Travelstop, raised $1.2m in seed funding. Team is led by founders of Travelmob which Expedia’s HomeAway acquired in 2015. Travelstop aims to simplify business travel.