Smart Communications’ latest offering, Safezone, is all about giving Internet access to everyone. Now, they have partnered with Asian accommodations provider Agoda.com to give Pinoys more incentives to travel through free booking services.
Safezone is Smart’s way to give free internet for all subscribers. The site is a portal to some of the more popular sites outside of social media, which you can access for free on your mobile phone. It also offers a list of partner apps you can download for a variety of purposes like weather access, banking, or searching for new restaurants in your area. Agoda.com is a booking site where you can find the best-priced accommodations in the city you’re going to and make your booking with just a few taps.
Smart has recently announced its partnership with Agoda.com through the Safezone app, giving more access to the booking site so Pinoys can make hassle-free booking and research on their next out of country trip easier and for free.
Boosting the travel sector
The addition of Agoda.com to SafeZone’s roster of mobile apps and sites is significant to the growing use of digital services by Filipinos. Benjie Fernandez, the CEO of Voyager Innovations Inc., believes that the partnership can even lead to a measurable boost in the Philippine travel sector.
“Making it free and easy to book accommodations through Agoda.com via SafeZone means that Filipinos will be more mobile. They will visit other islands and travel to other countries. This will most directly help our local hotel industry, but Philippine companies in related fields, such as in air travel, should also see a boost,” Fernandez said.
Fernandez’s prediction is rooted in the fact that the SafeZone portal gets millions of visitors per month, empowering digital businesses that depend largely on web traffic. Publications get the page views they need to appeal to advertisers and ecommerce platforms get a larger funnel from which to convert visitors into users.
“We are excited to partner with the new innovation, SafeZone. And look forward to working closely together on strategic initiatives that empower even more Filipinos to securely and conveniently book their accommodation of choice online,” said Lennart van der Beek, VP for Partner Development at Agoda.com.
To book using Agoda for free users can simply visit this link, turn on the “Load Protect” feature to ensure that no data charges occur, and then browse the platform as they please. SafeZone is developed by Voyager Innovations, the digital unit of Smart-PLDT.