The Jakarta Post
Airline ticketing and hotel booking service Traveloka launched on Wednesday a mobile app feature called Traveloka Eats to offer dining information.
Traveloka Eats was introduced to facilitate Traveloka users looking for information on where and what to eat, in addition to information about accommodation and transportation, Christian Suwarna, Traveloka's senior vice president of business development, said during the launch.
“Cuisine is inseparable from traveling. When people go somewhere, the first thing that pops up in their minds is mainly where to eat,” Christian said. “We provide information about cuisine in places where our users go on vacation.”
The feature can be accessed in Traveloka Apps and currently it providesdining information in seven cities -- Jakarta, Surabaya, Yogyakarta, Bandung and Bali.
Through the feature, Traveloka users can browse information related to cuisine such as restaurants and where-to-eat specific menu items like chicken noodles or satay. The information includes location and price range.
Christian said users could also see and post reviews about food and dining spots.
"There are 8,000 dining spots and restaurants in seven cities listed in our Traveloka Eats so far. We will gradually provide this feature with more cities and lists of food spots,” said Christian.
Cuisine is considered a vital component of tourism as travelers spend an average of about 30 to 40 percent of their budget on food, said Vita Datau Mesakkh, head of the Tourism Ministry’s acceleration team for culinary and shopping tourism development. (bbn)