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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.

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.

“Let’s take April for example, the first week is Taiwanese Spring break, and then mid-month Hong Kong has their Easter long holiday, and at the end of April we have the Thai water festival, all this followed up rapidly by the Japanese Golden Week. The KKday platform can provide suppliers with stable and consistent revenue stream because everyday is a holiday somewhere,” explains Ming Chen, KKday CEO.

“Let’s take April for example, the first week is Taiwanese Spring break, and then mid-month Hong Kong has their Easter long holiday, and at the end of April we have the Thai water festival, all this followed up rapidly by the Japanese Golden Week. The KKday platform can provide suppliers with stable and consistent revenue stream because everyday is a holiday somewhere,” explains Ming Chen, KKday CEO.

KKday’s SCM system includes the usage of QR code redemption, and API integration of larger tour providers onto the KKday platform, thereby streamlining the user experience.

With a complete technology solution, customers can receive booking confirmation and updates in a timely manner while suppliers can manage their business efficiently.

By nature, local travel industries are highly affected by seasonality which makes it very difficult for suppliers to manage their capacity.

By working with KKday, suppliers can now attract customers from all over Asia, which will help to ease seasonal fluctuations.

In addition to growing its operations across Asia, KKday will further improve its position in China as well as expand into the Asia travel segment of both US and European travelers.

KKday will also look to enrich current product offerings, offer personalised itineraries, and improve its end-to-end customer experience.

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