Travel app Klook launches platform for home-based experiences, virtual tours

Kara Santos

Posted at May 30 2020 06:24 AM

MANILA -- The travel and tourism industry is among the hardest hit because of the COVID-19 pandemic. With social distancing, travel restrictions, and stay-at-home measures impacting people’s movement, companies that rely heavily on tourism need to find creative ways to stay relevant.

Klook, a leading travel activities and services booking app, just launched a new home-based experiences initiative called Klook Home.

“With the impact of COVID-19 on the travel industry, we wanted to find new opportunities to give Filipinos a meaningful experience, even when they’re at home,” said Michelle Cruz, marketing lead of Klook Philippines.

Take up online boxing lessons from Flyweight Boxing. Handout

For those who looking for something fun to do at home, the platform offers home-based online experiences like fitness and wellness online classes, digital learning workshops, do-it-yourself (DIY) gardening and baking kits, as well as free virtual tours around the world.

Being motivated to exercise and stay active is a real challenge with gyms closed around the country. Klook offers a series of online classes such as online boxing classes by Flyweight Boxing, virtual yoga classes by Urban Ashram Yoga, online full body training workout by The Movement Studio, and more where users get the benefit of having trained instructors.

They also offer a range of wellness classes and workshops to help people improve their well-being and practice self-care. Useful workshops include online self-massage workshop, online natural skincare workshop, and online breathing activity workshop facilitated by Flow Retreats.

Klook encourages people to use their time productively to develop new skills and hobbies at home. Learn to make Playdough at home with kids, explore your creative side through Adobe Creative Design workshops, or discover how to make cocktails with a basic home bartending class.

Try your hand at gardening with this starter kit. Handout

Since people now have more time to engage in hobbies like gardening and baking, Klook also offers curated DIY home kits available for delivery.

Level up your baking skills with Auro Chocolate’s home baker’s kit or learn how to perfect a pour over and other home brewing techniques with a coffee brewing kit. There’s no need to source different ingredients or craft materials from different stores as the kits provide all the materials you need delivered straight to your home.

For travelers raring for a change of scenery, one of the most exciting initiatives is the virtual interactive experiences (VIE), which Klook is offering for free.

The site promises to take people across continents for their exclusive interactive tours of famous landmarks like Barcelona’s Casa Batllo and even Philippines’ very own Cebu Safari.

The interactive sessions scheduled every Saturday will be hosted live and participants can get a chance to speak directly to expert guides and animal handlers from attractions around the world. You can even participate with friends in other households to share the experience online.

“Through Klook Home, we’re able to give Filipinos something to look forward to, while we’re all waiting for the day we can travel again. When that day comes, you can expect Klook to be more than ready to meet travelers’ demands,” said Cruz.

Go on a virtual tour of the Casa Batllo in Barcelona, Spain. Handout

Here’s their schedule of virtual tours:

  • 30 May: Tour Casa Batllo in Barcelona, Spain with an expert guide
  • 6 June: Get cozy with baby Komodo dragons from Bali Safari, Indonesia
  • 13 June: Familiarize yourself with assorted wines at a wine tasting session with Tower Tours
  • 20 June: Explore the tropical Cebu Safari in the Philippines
  • 27 June: Visit the “most popular filming location in the world” Old Royal Navy College in London, UK

Beyond activities and experiences, Klook also offers home delivery services for food and beverages including healthy meal plans.

All bookings can be done digitally via their mobile app or online platform with cashless options to make the process as direct and convenient as possible.
For more information, visit the Klook Home website or download Klook’s mobile app.