Skyscanner trebles Asia-Pacific visitor numbers

Skyscanner trebles Asia-Pacific visitor numbers

Skyscanner has trebled the number of visitors to the site from Asia-Pacific in 2012, following the opening of offices in Singapore and Beijing. Asia now represents 18% of overall traffic to the site.

Its Beijing office was opened in August to drive continued growth across the region and signed a deal with China’s top search engine, Baidu.

Skyscanner wants to replicate its Asian success across the Americas with the move into Miami.

It plans to recruit 100 employees over the next 12 months to add to its 180 staff from 35 nationalities across its four offices.

Chief financial officer Shane Corstorphine said: “Our significant growth over the past year really underlines the strength of the Skyscanner business model and brand across the 40 countries we operate in.

“We’ve continued to build on our existing strengths and success across Europe to consolidate our position as the number one travel search site. We’ve also seen quite exceptional growth across Asia, following the opening of our offices in Singapore and, more recently, in Beijing. “

Williams added: “It’s our ambition at Skyscanner to be the number one in travel search globally, and we’re confident that our Miami office will play a big part in achieving that goal.

“The opening of our new office in Miami later this year, continuing product development and strategic partnerships, like the one we have established with Baidu, are high on the agenda this year as we continue to scale the business.“

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