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MakeMyTrip to partner Best Western Hotels & Resorts

MakeMyTrip becomes the largest Indian online distributor of Best Western Hotels & Resorts with 8000 properties globally listed on MMT platform MakeMyTrip has announced the signing of a global partnership with Best Western Hotels & Resorts, aimed at strengthening mutual business growth as India’s outbound travel gathers pace. Under this partnership, Best Western Hotels & Resorts will now enter into online distribution partnership for its global properties with MakeMyTrip, making the leading Indian OTA the …

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MMT launches an Ad campaign for the festive season, ropes in Diana Penty

The home-grown travel aggregator MakeMyTrip has launched its latest ad campaign ahead of festive season, roping in Bollywood actress Diana Penty as the brand ambassador for the MMT Gift cards. The campaign highlights the importance of experiences for friends and family, and how it remains a great gift. The campaign lists out the wide range of Travel Gift Cards that one could opt for in this festive season. Commenting on the campaign, Saujanya Shrivastava, Group CMO, …

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Booking.com ties up with the Maharajah to boost its outreach

It is the time for strategic alliances. Increasingly, companies are coming together better position their products, and battle the intense competition that has come. One such example was Flipkart tying up with MMT to cross-sell on each other’s platform. In a similar development, online global giant Booking.com Booking.com has tied up with the national carrier to offer the airline’s customers access to over 28.9 million accommodation listings, including everything from homes, apartments, villas to world-class …

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Travelers to choose affordable destinations and experiences in 2018, predicts Booking.com findings

Booking.com, a global giant in the OTA space, has revealed some interesting trends in travel and consumer behavior. The findings are based on reviews of over 128 million real guest reviews, with research from 19,000 travellers across 26 countries around the world, revealing the biggest travel predictions for 2018. 1:- New tech frontiers  Almost a third (29%) of travellers have shared that they are comfortable letting a computer plan an upcoming trip based on data …

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Yatra.com and OYO join hands to boost inventory and outreach

In yet another sign of growing consolidation in the domestic online e-commerce space, two of India’s prominent, home-grown, online hotel aggregators have joined hands to boost their cumulative market presence.  In a recent development, likely to have an impact on the market share dynamics, Yatra.com has joined hands with OYO. The tie-up is expected to add substantial weight to each-other’s offerings, providing a much larger gamut of choices to their consumers. It is important to …

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Mobile platform an overwhelming favourite for travel consumers, asserts Google Report 

The rise of mobile platform as a preferred platform for surfing travel content continuous to be an irreversible trend. As per a recent finding penned by Kedar Gavane, Vice President, India, Google, 2 in 3 visitors access travel content via mobile only in a month, clearly indicating that the tide has overwhelmingly turned in the favour of mobile-based platform. The trend first started post 2010, propelled by inexpensive smartphones, and now with extremely affordable data …

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Giving states the freedom to decide GST rates a great idea: Rikant Pitti

Rikant Pitti, COO and CO-Founder, EaseMyTrip, spoke to TourismFirst about various aspects of the GST roll out, the future direction of online and some noticeable changes in the Indian traveller’s habits. Excerpts:  First of all, please give us your perspective on the impact of GST. Will it affect the pace at which discounts and sales are being offered? GST will have a noteworthy impact on each and every industry of India and affect every consumer …

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Indian domestic travel market set to be worth 48 billion dollars, forecasts Google India report

A recently released report by Google India has projected that the Indian domestic travel market is expected to be worth $48 billion by 2020. The report suggests that technology, which is currently the most important trend emerging in the tourism sector, will pave the way for a more concise market penetration. The report also notes that technology associated ease provided to the consumer will go a long way in fuelling various aspects of the sector, …

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The perception of GoIbibo as a cutting edge player helped sealing the deal: Deep Kalra

Deep Kalra was on the hot seat once again as he answered some tricky questions pertaining to the biggest deal in the recent years – MakeMyTrip and Goibibo merger. He shared that it was a change in perception regarding GoIbibo which helped him in cementing the deal and the bigger challenge lied ahead in making it work as a cohesive unit. Excerpts of his discussion at FICCI Summit. Bibek: Talk to us about the big …

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Industry insiders discuss the evolution in distribution system, means of leveraging it

The session dedicated to decoding the churnings in the hospitality space and the evolution of hotel distribution systems with the advent of OTAs in the marketspace. Hoteliers discuss latest trends and the way forward in an engaging session. Mohit Gupta: Two things that OTAs do well for them and two things that OTAs do not do so well. Zia Sheikh: One thing is very clear. Jury is not out on whether OTAs are needed or …

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Technology has altered hospitality landscape, says Manav Thadani

Manav Thadani, Chairman – Asia Pacific, HVS threw open the 20th edition of HISCA yesterday. In a free-wheeling address to delegates, in the inaugural address in session titled ‘Manav Thadani: Unplugged’, he pointed towards the sea change in the world which has had a direct bearing on the hospitality landscape, aided and catalysed by infusion of technology in our midst. Calling infusion of technology the biggest change in the marketplace in the past twenty years, …

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The Global CEO panel: Industry leaders talk about their hotels, the road ahead

It was a heavyweight session, involving some of the senior leaders in the hospitality industry space, domestic and international. It is merely an excerpt from the engaging session which saw serious discussion on the road ahead for these hospitality giants, besides them delving into how to maintain distinctive brand identity. Christopher J Nassetta, President & CEO, Hilton I think most people know Hilton in the global context. At this point we have around 8,00,000 rooms …

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Ensuring operational success of the merger is the real challenge: Deep Kalra

Deep Kalra, Founder and CEO, MMT was at his candid best. In an exclusive one-on-one with Chetan Kapoor, Research Analyst, Phocuswright, he opened up on the big merger – which has taken the online marketplace by storm. While stocks have soared to record high, indicating that the financial world has taken to the merger, the larger challenge, to his understanding, is going to be ensuring the operational success in the coming months, a task more …

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Providers to focus on mobile platforms as millennials key to their growth: Simon Lehmann

There is no ambiguity that mobile platforms will continue to drive growth in the online space as service providers focus on improving the mobile experience, both, through apps and mobile websites, with an eye on tapping millennials, says Simon Lehmann, President, Phocuswright. He shares some key trends in the segment, noting that India’s bid to push for digital transactions, backed by the recently announced demonetisation, could further expedite its foray in the online space. The …

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MMT-ibibo merger will expedite the shift of travel industry from offline to the online space

The merging of operations by two of the major domestic players in the online space, MakeMyTrip and ibibo, will have a profound impact on the future of the industry, writes Deep Kalra, Founder and Mentor, MMT. He articulates how consumers would have a wider gamut of services and price points to choose from and how the industry would witness more rationalization with regard to margins and discounts.  The Indian e-commerce industry has truly taken off …

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Online space set to grow with better awareness and education: Virendra Jain

With growing emphasis on digitalization, a mandate driven by the top echelons of the government, and increasing focus on creating consumer education and brand awareness by online service providers, India was set to witness an exponential rise in the online space, reasoned Virendra Jain, Director – Business Development, Asia Pacific, Phocuswright. In a detailed interaction with TourismFirst, he talked about the future of online space, its possibilities and how all was not yet lost for …