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Cities & States

Empowering hosts is key strategy to promote homestays, says Yogendra Vasupal

In the nascent sphere of alternative accommodation in the country, Chennai-headquartered Stayzilla has gradually evolved as a possible major flag bearer of the segment in the future. In a recent exclusive conversation with TourismFirst on the sidelines of PhocusWright conference, Yogendra Vasupal, CEO, Stayzilla strongly emphasised that promoting homestays in India entails bringing in the quintessential localised approach. The online platform is aiming at a phenomenal growth in its inventory base in the next two …

Technology

Ixigo will get profitable this year, says Aloke Bajpai

India’s first home-grown travel meta-search Ixigo had started its journey way back in 2007 when the major OTAs in the country were getting into a dominant position in online booking. According to Aloke Bajpai, CEO & Co-Founder of Ixigo, the market was not too receptive to a meta-search platform then and convincing the prominent stakeholders was quite an exercise. But with MakeMyTrip and Micromax funding support in the later years, Ixigo is now on a …

Technology

Product comparison the next innovation from meta platforms

According to Paul Whiteway, Sales & Commercial Director (APAC), Skyscanner, India with its growing internet penetration and young work force is going to emerge as a major turf for the growth of meta-search platforms. In an exclusive conversation with TourismFirst, Paul also emphasised on the next big offering from the meta engines quarters – product comparison in addition to price comparison. Edited excerpts:  Do you think meta-search engines will bring the next big wave in …

Technology

“Our Amadeus Next programme has taken off on a positive note”

Considering the growing might of Asia-Pacific in the travel tech innovation, global GDS major Amadeus late last year initiated a dedicated programme to support tech start-ups in the region. In an exclusive conversation with TourismFirst on the sidelines of PhocusWright Conference recently, Simon Akeroyd, VP (Asia-Pacific), Corporate Strategy shared the details of this ambitious programme which has a specific community approach also involving big corporations. Edited excerpts of this conversation: To begin with, let me …

Cities & States

The Asian Mojo; the leading economies become the nerve centre of travel tech growth in the region

According to Doughlas Quinby, Vice President (Research), PhocusWright, Asia has become the fastest growing online travel region in the world and there are evident catalysts to further consolidate this trend. Like the other spheres of global economy, when it comes to travel and tourism trade, the Asian countries have increasingly been cruising to the commanding position since the turn of the century. And much of this transformation is also reflecting in the kind of travel …

HotelScapes

Hostels as an alternative accommodation option has great potential, says Hostelworld Group CEO

At a time, when the Indian landscape is witnessing a swift unlocking of ignored alternative accommodation assets primarily centred around rooms and homestays, the pipeline may further broaden in a medium run framework with the addition of another class of asset. Hostels as an alternative accommodation asset class has proved its utility in Europe and is gradually spreading its wings to other parts of the world. And in the forefront of this exercise is a …

Technology

Travel can’t be non-core business of new online players, last minute booking needs more focus; says Deep Kalra

The concluding session of PhocusWright Conference featured MakeMyTrip founder Deep Kalra – arguably the most credible face of Indian travel tech business. And in his candid interaction, Kalra touched upon a myriad of pertinent issues including the growing competition and the new verticals which need further harnessing. The recently held PhocusWright inaugural conference in India (held at The Leela, Gurgaon) probably could not have hoped for a better climax. After a series of power-packed presentations …

Airports & Airlines

Scoot to launch later this month, expects high load factor on Chennai-Singapore route

Scoot, a unique low-cost medium haul service airline, part of​ SIA group, mak​es​ its Indian debut this month. It is​ ​said to be showing​ encouraging booking trends​ ​which will be panned out to cover three destinations by October. The SIA unit is clearly aiming to emerge as a formidable choice for Indian travellers on the fast-growing India-Australia route.  For global aviation major Singapore Airlines , May 24th is going to be a critical date as …

Airports & Airlines

Zoom Air to kickstart its operations before August end; 16 destinations coverage plan

With the unprecedented buoyancy in Indian aviation business (growing at a 20 percent plus in the domestic segment since the beginning of 2015) and promising projections in the medium to long run (this includes the grand theory that India would become the third largest aviation market in the world over the next one decade), the prospects of new players joining the fray in the scheduled category has been a talking point for the stakeholders in …

Technology

Connection, convenience and context pillars of digital strategy: Facebook travel head

Prima facie, associating travel business and products with world’s most popular and powerful social site Facebook may not seem to be right synchronisation. The site which gets more than a billion visitors everyday (one out of the seven inhabitants on the planet) is the larger expansive generic platform much known for its agnostic stance to all kinds of expression. But at the recently held PhocusWright inaugural conference in India, when Lee McCabe (Head- Travel, Facebook) …

HotelScapes

APAC is the next big frontier for Airbnb, says Varsha Rao

“ If Airbnb will have its way, it will turn every house on the planet into a hotel.” It’s a popular perception doing the rounds in the marketplace often used by market observers though it is difficult to say whether it’s a genuine compliment or back handed one. But its no secret to anyone that in the sphere of alternative accommodation no other company globally has made more impact in the recent times than Airbnb. …

Airports & Airlines

Jet’s arrival in Amsterdam emboldens Holland Tourism to plan promotional rejig in India

Within Asia, India is the fastest growing tourists source market for Holland in percentage terms. But it is on a small base. Now with the prospects of robust direct connectivity, Holland Tourism is confident of raidly expanding its Indian footfall base. When you catch up with Dutch ambassador in India Alphonsus Stoelinga, the chances are he would surprise you in many ways. His informal demeanor is quite striking which gets further amplified by his ability …

Airports & Airlines

Turkey keen to form joint working group to promote tourism, demands more flying rights

Turkey, a tourism powerhouse in the world, has proposed to the Indian Ministry of Tourism to form a joint working group to promote tourism between the two countries. Speaking to a select media gathering on the sidelines of an event (to announce the opening of 16 visa application centers in India in an exclusive association with VFS global) in Delhi late last month, Turkish Ambassador to India Dr Burak Akçapar said that time is ripe …

Technology

“MakeMyTrip is aggressively tapping into the hotel booking segment”

Indian online major MakeMyTrip’s recently launched television campaign is being viewed by many as company’s attempt to send the message that it is repositioning itself and will be treating hotel vertical as its mainstay in the future. In an exclusive conversation with TourismFirst, Ritwik Khare, Senior Vice President & Head (Business Development) – Hotels, MakeMyTrip responds to this assumption while also sharing the details of the company’s strategy to strengthen the hotel vertical. Edited excerpts: …

Cities & States

Indian hospitality to be a major focus area of a transforming TripAdvisor

Here is a hypothetical calculation which well underlines the strength of the world’s leading travel review site TripAdvisor which has grown exponentially since its formation in 2000 on the basis of user generated content. The time which you might take to finish off your cup of tea (assuming it is five minutes), chances are: TripAdvisor would have added 1200 fresh reviews on multiple travel and tourism products all across the globe – at the rate …

HotelScapes

“We are a positive disruptive force,” says OYO

When you engage OYO’s founder Ritesh Agarwal in a candid conversation, barring his youthful exuberance, you are unlikely to come across any other sign conveying that he is yet to touch his mid-20s mark. Polite but assertive, the wonder boy of Indian travel tech space, may not have exactly been a favourite with the branded property operators. But his conviction to broaden the supply pipeline by mainstreaming the ignored properties seem to be rock-solid. TourismFirst …