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Ride-sharing firm Go-Jek arrives in Thailand, eyes Philippines

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Indonesian ride-sharing firm Go-Jek has launched its services in Thailand under the brand GET. Photo Credit: lzf/Getty Images
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The company recently launched services in Thailand under the brand GET and is gaining ground in the Philippines through its recent acquisition of fintech firm, Coins.ph. 

Indonesian ride-sharing firm Go-Jek has launched its services in Thailand and is working to make an entry into the Philippines, said founder and chief executive Nadiem Makarim said on Wednesday. 

The company recently launched services in Thailand under the brand GET and is gaining ground in the Philippines through its recent acquisition of fintech firm, Coins.ph. 

It suffered a setback last month when its application to start services in the Philippines was rejected on ground that its domestic unit did not meet local ownership criteria.  

In Thailand, Go-Jek offers motorbike taxis, food and delivery services, with payment services to be offered “soon”, according to Pinya Nittayakasetwat, chief executive of the Thai subsidiary.

Co-founder Kewin Aluwi said in January that Go-Jek was evaluating other South-east Asian markets including Malaysia.

Currently, discussions between Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) and the Land Transport Department are ongoing to legalise its ride-hailing services in Thailand. 

The TAT is partnering with Grab Thailand and investing 40 million baht in a smart data system with accuracy marketing. 

Grab has data on tourist behaviour, such as preferences for pickup points and destinations that the TAT could use for analytic purposes. The data can be used for marketing to increase the number and quality of tourists.


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