27 January - Skali (http://www.skali.com) has recently made a pact with Asiatravelmart.com (http://www.asiatravelmart.com) to provide online travel resources to its worldwide users, enabling them to have a one-stop centre where all domestic and international needs are met.
This new alliance is branded as Skali Travel Services and is located on the Internet at http://www.skali.asiatravelmart.com. Skali Travel Services allows users to look for travel information on many popular destinations around the world. They can also make reservations on tour packages, hotels, car rentals, as well as meal and ground transfer. This new site provides integrated bookings for the convenience of travelers.
In addition, it supports multi-currency transactions, so users can pay in their chosen currency. In their process of making travel plans, travelers can use Skali Search (http://search.skali.com) to find information quickly and effectively. Commenting on the alliance, Tengku Farith Rithauddeen, Executive Vice-Chairman of Alam Teknokrat Sdn Bhd, the company that manages Skali, said that, "We recognise the importance of having an online reservation system to ease the travel planning of our users, especially those in the Asian region. Our relationship with Asiatravelmart.com is an extension of our strategy to reach this goal."
He also added, "To ensure that Skali Travel Services is a success, we will keep on adding new features related to the travel and tourism industry and will keep abreast of the latest developments in the industry." Alex Kong, CEO of Asia Travel Network, asserted, "Through this partnership, we are able to bring tremendous value to the existing users and ultimately, be able to make our services available to more markets." "In due time, it is inevitable that more and more users will adopt the Net medium as a platform of transaction and the online travel industry is no exception," Alex concluded.
This Internet channel is managed by Alam Teknokrat Sdn Bhd (ALTEK), a technology-centric service company based in Serdang, Kuala Lumpur. The channel, which was launched in the midst of 1997 with its first search channel, Altavista Skali (http://altavista.skali.com), acts as a Content Aggregator that aggregates current, informative and entertaining content. Skali has on-going plans to expand its contents and introduce more services for its users. Currently, Skali users may find the channel beneficial, with a range of search facilities, up-to-date news and information, Internet Guide and on-line tools, which are user-friendly and useful. Skali also provides opportunities for companies to forge one-on-one relationship with their existing and potential customers. These features are in line with Skali's mission in developing an interactive platform for on-line communities with more contents and increasing participation of Internet users.
Asiatravelmart.com is Asia's premier Internet-based TRS (Travel Reservation System). It provides a unique platform for travel buyers and sellers from around the world to trade their travel products and services over a secure Internet environment. Asiatravelmart.com is a one-stop travel shop for flights, hotels, tour packages, transfers, meals, and car rentals. Offering more than 20,000 products from over 100 countries, Asiatravelmart.com is completely e-commerce enabled and it accepts payment in 5 different currencies. More importantly, users enjoy instant confirmation and they can print out their own receipts and vouchers to redeem their travel services. In case of last minute cancellations, AsiaTravelMart.com will also process and provide immediate online refunds! Asiatravelmart.com was accorded the prestigious PIKOM Computimes IT Award under the category of "Internet Website for the Year" in 1999.