BRAND BITS. Travelling made easy and hassle-free with Skyscanner

IMAGE Nikko Tuazon

(Top L-R) Dindo Marzan, AVP for Product Development & Management; Mitch Pauda, Voyager’s Vice President for Digital Products; Andrew Cocker, Skyscanner’s Chief Marketing Officer; Geoffrey del Rosario, Product Officer for Strategic Innovations and VAS Marketing; and Lucille Tang, Head of Music Content.


Kapamilya star Anne Curtis recently went on a trip to Australia to take a short break after her teleserye Dyesebel. Meanwhile, her sister Jasmine Curtis also went down south to Davao City and celebrate the Kadayawan Festival. Doesn’t this make you want to just go book your tickets and fly anywhere?

Now you can travel like Anne and Jasmine and book your own travel tickets through a travel search engine easily and hassle-free.

SMART, through its subsidiary Voyager Innovations, Inc., has officially announced their exclusive partnership with travel search engine Skyscanner on August 19, Tuesday, at Romulo Café in Quezon City.

Mitch Padua, Voyager’s Vice President for Digital Products, personally had a great experience using the app when he travels abroad and now invites everyone to try the travel search engine.

“I use it to book travels, book my flights, check out schedules, and find the lowest tickets and find the best deals for hotels,” Mitch said.

“So today, we are announcing our partnership with Skyscanner.

“And I want you guys to actually try it, try planning a trip through Skyscanner with SMART as your mobile service provider.”

Skyscanner’s Chief Marketing Officer, Andrew Cocker, flew in just for a day to celebrate their partnership with one of the country’s mobile leader.

During the press conference, Andrew shared the earlier days of their app and how the idea of making a travel search egine started.

Andrew recounted, “It started about ten years ago and it was from three university friends who wnet off to holidays together, they’re out to go skiing.

“And they couldn’t find an easy way for checking all the available flights, you know, what was the cheapest way to get to where.

“So, being the Computer Science students that they were, they started go one day on the train, on their way up to the French Alps.

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“And by the end of the journey, they released the first version of Skyscanner which was an Excel spreadsheet with a bunch of feeds from the airlines.

“That’s when the idea started and so, it was born out of the genuine need to make travel better.”

However, Andrew cleared out that their app does not sell tickets but helps the user in finiding good travel deals.

“As a travel company, we don’t actually sell tickets,” Andrew said.

He continued, “We’re just really here to point you in the right direction of the very best tickets we could find whether it’s through an airline or a travel agent.

“We got more partnerships than anybody else and we’re complete unbiased which is something that is driving the expansion growth, why we’re seeing all around the globe is the Skyscanner.

“Because some people have tried us once and they know that we have full compressed coverage and they keep coming back.”

Don’t have the budget? Fret not as SMART also offers exciting promos from their music streaming services Spinnr and Deezer. Just avail their unlimited internet services and you’ll have the chance to win all expenses paid trip to the Maskara Festival.

Geoffrey del Rosario, Product Officer for Strategic Innovations and VAS Marketing, announced, “Together with Skyscanner, we have a lot of exiting promos.

“First of all, for Spinnr we actually are giving away free one month music streaming services.

“And on Deezer, we will actually give you a chance to go to the festivals, in Maskara and get an all expense paid trip including accomodations.”

In photo: Entertainment Editor Isah Red (left) won two round trip tickets to Hong Kong courtesy of SMART and Skyscanner during the press launch. Photo by Nikko Tuazon.


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