[HD video below] Baolau, a multi-transport travel search engine
for the Greater Mekong Subregion (GMS), has unveiled plans to
expand its rapidly growing operations.
First conceived as a travel planning tool
with timetables and fares for transport in Vietnam, Baolau is now
a ticket booking platform for the three domestic airlines –
Vietnam Airlines, Vietjet Air and Jetstar Pacific –, the
state-owned rail operator Vietnam Railways, as well as the major
bus and ferry companies.
Now firmly established in Vietnam, the company
is expanding its operations to Myanmar and also has plans to open
an office in Thailand.
“Thailand is already our second largest market
in terms of sales. We believe that our presence in the country
will help us to consolidate our position and add more services for
domestic and international travellers,” said Alberto Moreno, CEO
and Founder of Baolau
at a press conference during the Mekong Tourism Forum 2018 in
Nakhon Phanom, Thailand.
Just recently, Baolau added bus and train routes
within Myanmar as well as a number of airlines
based in Guangxi and Yunnan to its inventory. Travelers can now
use the search engine to book domestic and international flights
to and from Kunming and Nanning as well as other tourist
destinations such as Dali, Lijiang and Jinghong (Xishuangbanna) in
Yunnan as well as Guilin in Guangxi.
“We will not stop at flights. To deliver a real
multi-transport solution, we will integrate train routes
connecting the Mekong region with China as well as Malaysia,”
Alberto Moreno added.
Last April, the company announced online ticket
booking for rail services operated by Malaysia’s rail company,
KTM, connecting Singapore and Kuala Lumpur to the train network of
the State Railway of Thailand.
The team is now confident that it can integrate rail
services in Guangxi and Yunnan provinces by the end of the year,
then extend its coverage to the rest of China.
2019 should see further
transport services added to the Baolau search and booking engine,
especially bus and ferry routes across the entire region.
“As a participant of the Mekong Innovative
Startups in Tourism (MIST) initiative launched
during the Mekong Tourism Forum 2017 in Luang Prabang, Laos, we
had the opportunity to benefit from the Market Access program. We
travelled to Myanmar to meet potential partners, sign cooperation
agreements and integrate additional transport content in our
platform,” said Alberto Moreno. “Having
established bus and train links connecting Kunming and Nanning
from Laos and Vietnam, we thought about expanding our operations
in Guangxi and Yunnan, as both provinces are part of the Greater
Mekong Subregion. This move aims to fulfill our mission to serve
the six GMS countries.”
Alberto Moreno, CEO and Founder of Baolau - a multi-transport travel search engine for the Mekong region, gives a presentation during M.I.S.T. (Mekong Innovative Startups in Tourism) at the Mekong Tourism Forum 2018 in Nakhon Phanom, Thailand on 26 June 2018.
Alberto Moreno, CEO and
Founder of Baolau, Gives a Presentation at Mekong Tourism Forum