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The Traveloka app inside Indonesia's Soekarno-Hatta International Airport: The startup made its name by offering travel deals but now it wants customers to use it closer to home. (Photo by Rie Ishii)
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ERI SUGIURA, Nikkei staff writer | Indonesia

JAKARTA/TOKYO -- When Dita Listya is planning a holiday, looking for a stylish hair salon, or just hoping to kill a couple of hours, the 27-year-old Jakarta resident turns to the same app: Traveloka.

"I use Traveloka to compare the prices of hotels and air tickets when I travel," Listya said, but also "to find ways to have fun in Jakarta" on weekends. One of her favorite pastimes is playing virtual reality games at a mall with her friends, especially one that lets her become a robot and save a city.

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