Both local and international tourism in the Philippines was up in 2014 so the industry looks bright moreso for this new year of 2015. The same is true for land transportation – specifically bus travel.
Recently, technology startup PinoyTravel Inc. (PinoyTravel) and 2GoTravel, one of the largest, premier land/sea travel provider in the country, recently signed a partnership agreement that will make available online ticket sales for inter-island travel with Negros Navigation, Superferry, Cebu Ferries and Supercat services through the PinoyTravel website (www.pinoytravel.com.ph).
Under the agreement, 2Go has appointed PinoyTravel as its online ticket reseller through the website www.pinoytravel.com.ph. Soon after it will also be available in its mobile applications.
“We believe in the ability of PinoyTravel to help us expand our market reach to the online community. Part of our thrust is to encourage tourism to non-traditional destinations like Romblon and Masbate and we’ve seen PinoyTravel’s growth in similar destinations,” said 2Go Travel Chief Commercial Officer Stephen Tagud.
Through its online ticket reservation and sales for various bus companies, PinoyTravel has also been making weekend escapes to places like Baler more convenient for busy employees who just needed a break before the Monday grind begins again.
“This partnership with 2Go marks PinoyTravel’s graduation from being a small start-up to one of the key enablers in the public transportation industry. We’ve made major breakthroughs in the provincial bus industry and with this partnership, we will make the same breakthrough in the sea travel sector. We truly appreciate the trust extended to us by 2GoTravel,” said PinoyTravel CEO and Founder Au Soriano.
Payment options are Mastecard, Visa, Paypal, Online banking, over-the-counter banks and non-banks like Bayad Center, LBC, etc. Once payment is done, an itinerary will be sent via email, enhancing the travel experience for customers.
2Go is one of the pioneers of inter-island transportation in the Philippines, born out of established brands such as Negros Navigation, Superferry, Cebu Ferries, and Supercat. The company offers a wide selection of hotel accommodations/services, tours and events packages, with the ease of land/sea travel. It caters to various ports in Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao.
PinoyTravel is one of the first batch of startups from IdeaSpace Foundation, Inc. (IdeaSpace), the technology incubator/ accelerator of the First Pacific group based in the Philippines focusing on emerging market technology innovations.
Booking through the PinoyTravel website and mobile app has been a favorite among OFWs buying tickets for their for families and for themselves when they come home for vacation. It has also been generating traffic among foreign tourists who prefer to book all their destinations even before leaving their country.
Have you tried PinoyTravel? Sare your stories and/or comments below if or whenever you have. Happy trip!
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