Top News Agoda beefs up product offerings as borders open up By TTG Asia / Posted on 26 November, 2021 16:49 Agoda has rolled out a multitude of products across the customer booking funnel to improve the accessibility and efficiency of travel in a post-Covid landscape, as countries across Asia-Pacific start to reopen. Launched earlier this year in Thailand, Agoda has expanded its alternative state quarantine packages for travellers looking to book accommodation for their mandatory quarantine needs across Asia. Agoda launches new suite of products to facilitate safe and hassle-free travel Repatriates and inbound travellers can now search availability, room type, and pricing in real-time and pick from a total of over 600 government-approved hotels worldwide, including new locations in Hong Kong, Indonesia, Taiwan, and the Philippines. More market options are expected to join the programme in the coming months. By simplifying the search and booking process on its platform, participating hotels will also benefit from Agoda’s international reach and marketing strategies to drive higher exposure and conversion among travellers looking for a greater selection of quarantine hotels as more markets reopen. In addition, Agoda has partnered with Sherpa, a digital solutions provider, to build a travel restrictions world map explorer. Available at agoda.com/travelmapadvisor, the interactive map housed on Agoda’s platform will detail entry restrictions and Covid-19 documentation, testing requirements, quarantine protocols, and more, for destinations around the world. The web-based widget pulls together the latest data and information in real-time via an interactive map for easy navigation. This secure solution connects across Agoda’s customer journey via homepage banners, property listings and hotel pages, across web, mobile and app, to further reinforce booking decisions and drive conversions, across the funnel. 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. “As international travel remains complex, it is not enough to just have good supply and price. We want to give our customers further 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 Enric Casals, regional vice president, partner services, Southeast Asia and Oceania. Furthermore, Agoda has built a curated selection of country and city guides housing in-depth information of top travel destinations. The content is aimed at capturing granular details of differing interstate and interzonal requirements, highlighting things to do, places to visit safely, and travel tips in a post-pandemic environment. The first guide for Thailand will be launched later this week followed by other popular destinations such as the Philippines, Taiwan, Indonesia, France, the US, UAE, South Korea, Japan, and Singapore by the end of the year.