Singapore, December 6th 2011 – Singapore is the first country in the world to have introduced a new criterion in the search for travel online. Now going global, the
revolutionary ‘popular search’ developed by homegrown travel site Wego.com.sg enables
Singaporeans to view destinations and accommodation ranked according to what is considered interesting, well-placed and well-priced by their peers.
The new popularity ranking on Wego.com.sg presents options based on a complex algorithm that tracks in real-time the aggregate hotel and flight searches conducted by Singapore’s travellers. The technology is possible only because Wego is a neutral travel metasearch site that collates and compares rates and fares from hundreds of other sites, like Agoda, Chan Brothers, Tiger Airways, Jetstar Asia, Air Asia and Expedia.com.sg to name a few.
Singapore’s choices in all categories show that the population is well travelled, experimental and price conscious. They are therefore the perfect group to follow. First time travellers will find the ‘Popular With Singaporeans’ rankings hugely reassuring.
Singaporean users of Wego.com.sg are most frequently searching for options to Bangkok at present, followed by Hong Kong and Taipei. Bangkok hotels most popular with Singaporeans are currently:
- Amari Watergate
- Baiyoke Sky Hotel
- President Palace
- Arnoma Hotel
- Centara Grand @ Central World Hotel
- Grand Diamond Suites Pratunam Hotel
- Pathumwan Princess Hotel
- Centre Point Petchburi Hotel
- Citin Pratunam Hotel
- Novotel Bangkok On Siam Square
Popular search is not, however, the only innovation in the new look Wego.com.sg. Singapore is also the launch platform for a dramatically different form of calendar search for flights. Users clicking to indicate they have flexible dates can view a graphic illustrating which are the cheapest days to fly. Aptly named DateWise™ identifies the lowest fares on any given day across any given month on single or return flights – for all carriers, including the budget airlines. It can save travellers hundreds of dollars on a fare.
To illustrate, the 14th, 18th and 26th of January are the cheapest days of the month to fly from Singapore to Bangkok and the 13th and 18th are the cheapest to return. Scheduling a day-trip for Wednesday 18th would therefore be well advised.
As Dean Wicks, Head of Marketing at Wego commented:
“In combination, these new features give Wego users a near perfect view of the global market for travel, but from the local perspective. The aim is to ensure Singaporeans save time, pay less and so can enjoy travel a lot more. We are very excited to be launching here first.”
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Considered the ideal site to begin planning travel, Wego.com gives travellers a complete
view of available flights, hotels, travel packages and deals from hundreds of travel websites in the time that it takes to search just one. The latest pricing, availability and reviews are shown, with tools provided to select the cheapest days to fly and to find the best hotel offers. Travellers then simply click through to the partner websites to book.
Wego.com was founded in 2005 by former executives of Intercontinental Hotels Group,
Yahoo!, Priceline and ZUJI. Investors include News Digital Media and Tiger Global. In 2010, Wego merged with HolidayIQ.com, an established India based travel content and community site. For more information, please visit http: www.wego.com/about
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