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Booking Holdings becomes latest investor in Southeast Asia's Grab with US$200 million investment

  • Booking’s investment adds to the more than US$2 billion that Grab has received so far as part of its targeted fundraising of over US$3 billion
PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 30 October, 2018, 10:20am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 30 October, 2018, 1:44pm

US travel firm Booking Holdings has invested US$200 million in Southeast Asian ride-hailing firm Grab as part of a strategic partnership between the two companies.

The deal will enable users to book travel-related services through Grab’s app and pay via the GrabPay digital wallet, according to a statement. Booking Holdings will allow users of its brands’ apps to hail Grab vehicles.

Singapore-headquartered Grab, which operates in 235 cities across Southeast Asia, is looking to transform itself into a leading consumer technology group, offering services such as food and parcel deliveries, electronic money transfers, microloans and mobile payments, besides ride-hailing.

Booking Holdings oversees some of the world’s most popular travel booking sites including Booking.com, Agoda.com, KAYAK and Priceline.com. In July, it invested US$500 million in Chinese ride-hailing app operator Didi Chuxing.

Booking’s investment adds to the more than US$2 billion that Grab has received so far as part of its targeted fundraising of over US$3 billion by the end of this year. Earlier this month, Microsoft Corp invested an undisclosed amount in Grab.