Posts Tagged ‘travel’

Travel platform KKday secures Series B funding from H.I.S (US$10.5m)

Friday, February 23rd, 2018

KKday, Asia’s largest online travel-experience ecommerce platform, has raised US$10.5 million in additional funding led by Japanese travel industry leader H.I.S. with participation from existing investor MindWorks Ventures.

* This story first appeared on The Travel Memoir.

Research by Phocuswright projects that the travel tours and activities industry will reach US$183B by 2020 from US$135B in 2016. Photo: Ming Chen, KKday CEO.

Research by Phocuswright projects that the travel tours and activities industry will reach US$183B by 2020 from US$135B in 2016. Photo: Ming Chen, KKday CEO.

The alliance and funding is expected to help KKday expand its regional presence and further improve its variety of affordable product offerings to travelers.

“H.I.S. is not just a financial investor, but is valued as a strategic investor. By utilising H.I.S.’s global resources and integrating it with KKday’s strong marketing and big data programs, we will be able to change the in-destination travel operations model. KKday will be focusing on improving the customer experience and strengthening our relationship with our suppliers. These two strategies are highly related. You can’t improve customer experience without having an amicable relationship with the supplier,” says Ming Chen, KKday CEO.

KKday curates more than 10,000 travel-related experiences from more than 500 cities and 80 countries with over 4 million unique visitors and serves a few hundred thousand travellers each month.

The company applies big data analytics to drive business decisions and to refine current offerings to optimise customer experience.

Headquartered in Tokyo, H.I.S. has offices located in over 130 cities around the world.

As the in-destination travel industry is fragmented, managing supply chain is a major challenge.

This is why KKday focuses on developing a strong Supply Chain Management (SCM) system that allows all types of suppliers, big or small, to communicate with customers and manage orders without any IT investment.

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Holiday greetings: Happy New Year 2018

Monday, January 1st, 2018

It’s 2018. Happy New Year!

It's the first day of 2018 today. Here's wishing all a wonderful year ahead!

It’s the first day of 2018 today. Here’s wishing all a wonderful year ahead!

May 2017 be a fantastic year for you and your loved ones!

The photos here were taken at the Xuan Zang Temple (玄奘寺)at Sun Moon Lake (日月潭) in central Taiwan, during my recent family vacation there.

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A worshipper praying at Xuan Zang Temple (玄奘寺)at Sun Moon Lake (日月潭) in central Taiwan.

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IFA GPC 2017 – Global Press Conference for IFA 2017

Saturday, April 22nd, 2017

The actual press conference for IFA 2017 in Berlin (1-6 September) will be held at 11am today in Lisbon, Portugal. Stay tuned for the excerpt and press release.

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Stay tuned for the outcome of the global press conference for IFA 2017 in this slot. I will update this posting once it’s out.

So IFA 2017 will see the emphasis put on Brands and focus placed on Innovation.

Dr. Christian Goke, CEO Messe Berlin leading the discussion panel during the Global Press Conference.

The press release will be appended below once I receive it.

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Day 1 of IFA GPC 2017 – Power briefs & discussion panels

Friday, April 21st, 2017

The first day of the IFA GPC 2017 comprises a series of power briefs by industry leaders and analysts on the latest trends and products in consumer electronics and home appliances. Here is a rundown on what transpired in those proceedings.

Finally getting down to business. Looking forward to hearing what industry experts have to share about the trends and predictions in consumer electronics and home appliances.

There are altogether eight power briefings and one discussion panel.

As I attend these sessions, I will post a brief synopsis of each session on Instagram and consolidate all the synopses here. So stay tuned!

Power briefing 1

Power briefing 2

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From Singapore to Lisbon, Portugal in 24 hours for IFA GPC 2017

Thursday, April 20th, 2017

IFA GPC 2017 commences from 20-23 April so we spent most of today in the air, flying 8 hours from Singapore to Dubai in UAE; and another 8 hours onwards to Lisbon, Portugal; with a 6-hour transit in the Dubai International Airport.

* This article was first published on The Travel Memoir.

So the entire journey took around 24 hours, if you include the 2 hours earlier you got to turn up at the airport to check in.

I flew Emirates Airlines and the check-in and transit was smooth.

The first leg from Singapore to Dubai was in an Airbus A380-800 and the seats in coach were relatively spacious and comfortable.

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Event coverage: IFA Global Press Conference 2017 in Lisbon, Portugal

Wednesday, April 19th, 2017

IFA Global Press Conference 2017 is happening this weekend in Lisbon, Portugal. I will be covering this consumer electronics and home appliances showcase, as part of a small group of media the show organisers invited from Singapore.

The media delegation from Singapore is part of an international corp invited by Messe Berlin, the organisers of IFA and this Global Press Conference.

The media delegation from Singapore is part of an international corp invited by Messe Berlin, the organisers of IFA and this Global Press Conference.

IFA this year will be from 1-6 September, 2017.

As a lead-up to the actual trade show in September, the organisers have gathered some of the key exhibitors and media from around the world in a preview mini-show, featuring product showcases, as well as briefs and presentations on the latest trends on consumer electronics and home appliances.

Stay tuned over the next few days (especially 21-22 Apr, Fri-Sat) when the show will be in full tilt.

I’ll be bringing along a couple of newest and latest gadgets to try out during the trip.

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Event forecast: IFA Global Press Conference 2017 in Lisbon, Portugal

Monday, March 27th, 2017

IFA this year will be from 1-6 September, 2017. As in previous years, the annual consumer electronics & home appliances show will be preceded by a preview mini-show for the media from 20-23 April.

This year’s IFA GPC will be in Lisbon, Portugal (20-23 April, 2017). Venues in the past have included Dubrovnik in Croatia (2012), Sardinia in Italy (2013), and Belek in Turkey (2014).

This year’s IFA GPC will be in Lisbon, Portugal (20-23 April, 2017). Venues in the past have included Dubrovnik in Croatia (2012), Sardinia in Italy (2013), and Belek in Turkey (2014).

IFA (Internationale Funkausstellung Berlin – international radio exhibition Berlin) is a global consumer electronics and home appliances show held annually in Berlin in September.

IFA 2016 saw more than 1,800 exhibitors showing off their products to 238,000 visitors (including139,000 trade visitors) in 158,000 sqm of rented display area.

Every year, the organisers hold a global press conference (IFA GPC) in another European city (2016 was an exception, when the GPC was held in Hong Kong & Shenzhen).

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New arrival: Lamch & Co introduces Flip plug by OneAdaptr

Tuesday, March 14th, 2017

For travellers that hate the bulkiness of the British 3-pin plug, the Flip plug allow the plug to be folded into a compact flat form factor for packing away into the luggage bag. Prices below.

The Flip comes in three designs to cater to varying power needs. From left: Flip Duo (S$39), Flip Quad (S$59), Flip Power (S$69).

The Flip comes in three designs to cater to varying power needs. From left: Flip Duo (S$39), Flip Quad (S$59), Flip Power (S$69).

The Flip is the result of a successful Kickstarter campaign which raised £28,115 from 1,140 backers, exceeding their initial goal of £15,000.

Measuring in at a mere 18mm when folded, the Flip is only a third of the standard British plug’s thickness.

When folded, the pins are hidden away when not in use, protecting your devices and other items from scratches when stored together with the Flip.

To use, simply press the auto-release button, lock the pin and you are ready to go.

The Flip comes in three designs to cater to varying power needs.

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Holiday greetings: Happy New Year 2017

Sunday, January 1st, 2017

It’s 2017. Happy New Year!

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Craft animals on display in a shop along the old streets of Jiufen (九份) in Taiwan. Photo taken with Canon EOS 5DsR with Canon EF 11-24mm f/4L USM lens.

May 2017 be a fantastic year for you and your loved ones!

Last day of 2016 – New Year’s Eve for 2017

Saturday, December 31st, 2016

It’s the last day of 2016. Hope you had a good year!

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Golden Sunset at Tamsui in Taiwan. Photo credit: kkmakesandbakes (my wife). Taken with Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark II mirrorless interchangeable lens camera with M.Zuiko 25mm f1.8 lens.

Glad the year’s drawing to a close. Best wishes for the New Year!