Shopee e-commerce platform branches into hotel bookings

Shopee has teamed up with Agoda and to launch Shopee Hotel, enabling users to search, book and get instant confirmation for more than one million accommodation properties worldwide, all through the Shopee app.

Consumers will benefit from greater savings and exclusive travel deals, while being able to discover top landmarks near their chosen hotels, which can inspire exploration of local enclaves, neighbourhoods and attractions.

Shoppee Hotel will list more than one million accommodation properties worldwide for bookings

Meanwhile, hotel partners can take advantage of wider reach and greater visibility on the Shopee app.

Shopee Hotel will be rolled out across seven markets – Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Taiwan, Indonesia, Vietnam and the Philippines – just as domestic and international travel begins to resume in most markets across the Asia region.

Agoda’s search data in September 2021 revealed that searches for domestic stays have risen by over 57 per cent compared to May. There has also been an increase of 37 per cent more users in South-east Asia searching for international destinations.

Terence Pang, chief operating officer at Shopee, said the company is eager to support the recovery of local travel and tourism businesses by promoting staycation ideas with hotel partners.

Damien Pfirsch, chief commercial officer at Agoda, said: “Travellers know and trust Agoda and to help make travel easier, because we are passionate about using our technology to connect people with the widest choice and greatest value deals, whether they are in Asia or across the world. This partnership with Shopee, the first with a regional e-commerce partner, will conveniently bring these great deals to Shopee customers, on a platform they are familiar with.

“At the same time, we can better support our hotel partners and tourism operators by connecting them to the biggest online community of shoppers in South-east Asia. Such partnerships will help accelerate the recovery of the domestic and global travel and tourism industry in the long term.”

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