LINE TRAVEL jp selects Kiwi.com for its new travel channel
Kiwi.com opens up international routes for LINE TRAVEL jp, the travel channel of LINE, Japan’s most popular messaging app
2 December 2020 – Kiwi.com, the innovative online travel tech company, has become the travel content supplier for leading Japanese travel metasearch, LINE TRAVEL jp, operated by Venture Republic on the popular messaging app LINE as well as on the web.
Kiwi.com and LINE TRAVEL jp will be the first to launch a Virtual Interlining product locally within the Japanese market, opening up easy access to many destinations worldwide.
Under the agreement, Kiwi.com will make its network of over 800 carriers (air and ground transportation) available to LINE TRAVEL jp customers. As part of the cooperation, travelers will also earn LINE POINTS with each completed booking that they can use towards other products offered in the app or towards direct purchases in many stores across Japan, where they accept the LINE Pay payment solution.
LINE TRAVEL jp, Kei Shibata, Chief Executive Officer commented, “We are excited to have Kiwi.com on board LINE TRAVEL jp’s travel content platform. This collaboration will greatly benefit our 22+ million LINE Friends on our official LINE account as well as 20 million monthly visitors on our web platform when they search for international flights particularly with connections.”
Kiwi.com Chief Commercial Officer, Golan Shaked, added, “The young and dynamic LINE brand is a perfect fit for Kiwi.com. We welcome LINE TRAVEL jp to our portfolio of successful partners and very much look forward to availing more travel options for customers in Japan.”
As only a limited number of online travel agencies (OTAs) in Japan offer international travel connections, LINE TRAVEL jp becomes the first to change the travel booking standards.
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Notes to editors:
Earlier this year Kiwi.com became a strategic partner for AirAsia and its web platform airasia.com, another company in the ASEAN region.
About LINE TRAVEL jp (Venture Republic Inc.)
LINE TRAVEL jp (travel.co.jp) is a leading travel metasearch in Japan operated by Venture Republic that runs the travel channel on popular messaging app, LINE as well as on the web. It has 20 million customers (monthly visitors) on the web and 22+ million customers (LINE Friends) on its official LINE account. LINE TRAVEL jp also provides “LINE TRAVEL jp Travel Guide”, an online media focusing on travel in which around 500 travel experts (travel writers/bloggers) share their ideas on destinations, accommodations and local activities.
Kiwi.com was founded in 2012 by Oliver Dlouhý and Jozef Képesi. The travel tech company was created for travelers by travelers. Its proprietary algorithm – Virtual Interlining – allows users to combine flights and ground transportation from more than 800 carriers, including many that do not normally cooperate. Kiwi.com powers more than 100 million searches every day and employs 2,000 people worldwide.
LINE TRAVEL jp (Venture Republic Inc.)
4-3-11, NishiAzabu Minato-ku Tokyo 1060031 Japan
TEL: +81 3-6419-2901 FAX: +81 3-6419-2904 Email：[email protected]
Carol Barnes, Head of Global Communications, Kiwi.com