Singapore Tourism Board partners Alibaba Group and Traveloka to shore up visitor numbers

KrASIA | April 18, 2019

On Tuesday, the Singapore Tourism Board (STB) cemented two strategic partnerships with Alibaba Group and Traveloka at the Tourism Industry Conference held in the city-state. The deals will help STB develop a digital strategy to bolster Singapore’s tourist numbers and engage visitors in new ways.One deal will see Alibaba’s key business units—including the online travel platform Fliggy, Alipay, video-streaming service Youku, ticketing platform Damai, and Alibaba Cloud—working with STB to generate insights on travelers’ consumption behaviors in Singapore. The three-year agreement serves as a follow-up to an existing pact that the two entities formulated in 2017.

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