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Executive Director Mr. Colin McLellan
U.K. origin global travel online search engine looking to expand business in Japan from Tokyo station area
Skyscanner was founded in 2001 in Edinburgh, Scotland. Skyscanner is a global travel search engine provides users a unified search result (meta search) on airlines, hotels, and car rentals websites from all over the world. Co-founder and CEO Gareth Williams created the website after experiencing discontent searching for the cheapest airline tickets during his university days.
Currently, the website supports more than 30 languages and provides prices from over 1,200 airlines and travel agencies worldwide. Over 50 million users visit Skyscanner website every month and 40 million users downloaded the mobile app.
Skyscanner entered the Japanese market in 2010. In July of 2015, Skyscanner announced jointed venture Skyscanner Japan with Yahoo Japan Corporation.
Executive Director Colin McLellan cited the need to provide a "special user experience and support for Japanese users locally" as the number one reason for setting up the Japan office.”
received his bachelor’s degree in accounting and business law at the University of Strathclyde in Edinburgh, Scotland. After receiving his training as a Certified Public Accountant at KPMG, he worked in an accounting position in the manufacturing industry before joining Skyscanner Limited in February 2013. Since establishing the joint venture with Yahoo Japan Corporation in July 2015 he is serving as the Executive Director of Skyscanner Japan.
In July of 2015, Skyscanner Japan was set up by Skyscanner and Yahoo Japan Corporation as a joint venture.
Skyscanner looks to expand its business in the world's third largest tourism market with
Skyscanner's technical capabilities and Yahoo! Japan's established customer base.
The website, Skyscanner, is used mainly by professionals and the experienced travellers who travel around the world by own choices.
Skyscanner, it’s parent company, has offices in Barcelona, Beijing, Budapest, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Miami,
Shenzhen, Singapore, and Sophia, employing over 700 employees.
This content is the revised version of extract
from "MARUNOUCHI THE PRESS",
which is the appendix of "Nikkei Business Associe"
from December issue in 2015.
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