Making traveling easier and more convenient: Early Stage

Find out how these startups are making overseas travel less stressful.

Tiket.com, Digitaraya, and Google Developers Launchpad showcased startups that went through thier accelerator program in Jakarta this week. The boot camp offered seven tech-focused, tourism- and travel-related startups from across Asia an opportunity to grow within Indonesia and beyond.

After a three-day program the startups presented their solutions to local and regional investors, industry players, VCs, and other potential partners.

In this week’s “Early Stage,” KrASIA takes a look at three of the startups and their solutions.

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Being a tourist can be difficult if you don’t understand the local language. This can make eating out difficult. Hungry Hub from Thailand started as an online restaurant reservation app in 2014. Two years later, it began to offer specialized food and beverage promotions to provide what it called “value-added service to restaurants and diners.” It now calls itself a “buffet app” offering customers fixed-price deals at restaurants that normally only have a la carte menus. Besides travellers, the app targets groups such as company get togethers, giving them more price security. The app supports Thai, English, and Korean.

Indonesia-based Bobobox is a capsule hotel startup. The startup claimed it had an average occupancy rate of above 80 percent and over 8,000 stays in 2018 in its flagship 62-pod facility, which Bobobox says is part of its “innovative, hi-tech capsule network.” Fees start at USD 10 per night. Each pod is equipped with app-controlled door access, customizable lights, security, a Bluetooth speaker, a king-size bed, a compact working space, and an air conditioner.

No holiday or special event is complete without a perfect photo that you can share on social media. But what happens if your photography skills can’t do the scene justice, or if you want to take wedding photos at a far-flung, exotic location? Indonesia-based Frame A Trip can put you in touch with a local photographer who can work with you based on your destination. The photos taken will be uploaded, with a private link for customers to download or print them at their leisure. The company currently has a network of over 700 local photographers in 200 locations around the world.

“Early Stage” is a series where the writers of KrASIA highlight startups that caught our eye for the week, whether they achieved an important milestone, rolled out a truly innovative product, or became embroiled in controversy.