How are these companies - all in competition with each other - going to assist or hinder your efforts? What are they focusing their energy right now? Can they help you win the next billion Asian customers and propel you into the next phase of online travel? Sean Seah, MD of Groupon Travel thinks so. “I think we’re at a pivot point. What I call travel 1.0 – the OTAs, search engines and pretty much metasearch too, which has been around for ages, have matured,” he says. In APAC, specifically, this is a whole new segment, which could seriously shake up and disrupt the distribution model. “In 2014 and 2015, the whole peer-to-peer model, like Airbnb and vacation rental space, like HomeAway, will be huge and that is going to make it even harder for travel suppliers like hotels to play the game, as these other guys are going to be just as good,” says Seah. Get the full story at Tnooz