Travel booking site Skyscanner has been name as one of the best private equity backed business in Scotland. The Edinburgh based flight, hotel and car hire booking engine won the British Private Equity and Venture Capital Association's Community and Environmental Award.
This accolade follows Skyscanner also having won the Absolute Mobile award at the 2013 Web In Travel conference in Singapore. The latter award is given to the company which "most brilliantly used the mobile device to engage with its customers".
Skyscanner.net - not Skyscanner.com - is a flight, hotel accommodation and rental car search site that enables users to compare prices and search via both price and location. The site also offers travellers fare graphs and multilingual search capabilities; Skyscanner is available in over 30 languages, including English, Russian, Portugues0e, Spanish, Japanese and Polish.
The Skycanner sites presently receive more than 30 million visitors pers month, with an annual revenue of around 30 million GBP.
By late 2013, downloads of Skyscanner apps, available across the iOS, Android, Windows Phone, Windows 8 and BlackBerry operating platforms, and passed the 25 million mile stone worldwide.
Skyscanner does not sell flights directly; instead, it empowers users to find the best travel dates and flight routings, after which users are seamlessly transferred to the airline, car rental company or accommodation establishment's website to complete the travel booking directly. In addition to its flight searching capabilities, Skyscanner also regularly publishes travel news items, tips and travel advice, making it a valuable travel resource site as well.
The company has offices in Glasgow, Singapore, Miami, Barcelona and Beijing, with headquarters situated in Edinburgh, Scotland. There is currently no www.skycanner.co.za site, however the site is geo-responsive, displaying pricing in Rand for visitors inside South Africa.
TripAdvisor, on the other hand, recently launched www.tripadvisor.co.za, a localised version of their sit, to serve the needs of South and Southern African accommodation and flight booking clients.
To find out more about the company or search for cheap flights online, visit www.skyscanner.co.za or simply go straight to the main Skyscanner site at www.skyscanner.net.
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