Grab has announced the launch of four new services - ‘Hotels’ booking, on-demand ‘Videos’ streaming, ‘Tickets’ purchasing and ‘Trip Planner’, which will be progressively rolled out in Singapore from April 23 and be available to all users by June 2019.
Jerald Singh, group head of product and design, Grab, said, “We are excited to offer these new services to our customers, giving them better access to the services that matter the most to them. A day with Grab can now be seamless from planning your commute to work to ordering your next meal and getting ready for your next movie date or holiday trip.”
According to its data, Singapore residents are the most well travelled bunch in South-east Asia.
With the new ‘Hotels’ booking service, Grab users can book hotels and other accommodation from Agoda, and soon, Booking.com directly from the Grab app. They can access and easily compare prices across the world’s largest selection of 28 million places to stay, ranging from a wide choice of luxury and budget hotels to apartments, vacation homes and family-run B&Bs. Grab has started to roll out 'Hotels' to select Grab users in Singapore, which will be available to all users in May.
“Agoda is passionate about innovating the way people travel, using technology to help people everywhere to travel anywhere, offering the widest choice, at the best possible price. There are synergies with Grab in our mutual desire to provide our customers with more convenience and new opportunities while making travel even more accessible for Southeast Asian travellers,” said Damien Pfirsch, VP strategic partnerships & programs, Agoda.
Other features include on-demand online video content that is accessible through the ‘Videos’ tab within the app; ‘Ticket’s, a ticketing search and purchase function, which will be rolled out in June 2019 in partnership with BookMyShow, Asia’s leading entertainment ticketing platform; and ‘Trip Planner’, which offers real-time transportation information and directions that will help users better plan their commute.
The introduction of the services follows closely on Grab’s announcement of the integration of GrabFood into the main app last week, building towards its vision of being Southeast Asia’s “everyday super app”.