|Travelguru goes 1 million by 2009
1 million Room Nights per year
Mumbai, October 17, 2007: Travelguru, India’s largest hotel network, is well poised to hit the target of 1 million Room Nights per year by 2009. With the current hotel sales of over 1000 room nights per day, Travelguru has had a steady growth rate of 20% month over month for the last several months.
Travelguru currently offers real-time availability on over 4000 hotels in India and over 72000 hotels globally. From a base of 750 hotels in year 2005, Travelguru has assiduously worked it up to reach the current hotel network position of over 4000 hotels across over 350 cities in India. On offer are guest houses, budget hotels and motels, serviced apartments, villas, tents, palaces, heritage hotels and spa hotels, business hotels, and luxury hotels in the star category.
Travelguru has achieved this enviable position through incremental improvements in its offerings to customers. The most recent offer is the Festival Travel Extravaganza with Hotels on offer starting as low as Rs. 236/- only. Users can also get up to 50% assured cash back which is applicable to all Visa cardholders on hotels, holidays and flight bookings, resulting in a larger benefit to prospective travelers booking through www.travelguru.com
Travelguru is India's first travel portal to offers user ratings and reviews on hotels available for real-time booking. Hotel Ka Guru, the most recent consumer interactive initiative has focused on showing customers that specialized service and advice is available to all users who choose to use the Travelguru toll-free numbers to make their travel bookings.
Travelguru is driven by a dynamic young team including bright minds from Harvard, INSEAD, IIM, IIT and other great global institutions. They bring vast and varied experience from the retail, e-retail, hospitality, banking and tourism industries. Founder & CEO Ashwin Damera is confident of reaching Travelguru’s target by 2009. Says Mr Damera, “We have invested time and energy in building up deep supplier relations and a superior customer hotel booking experience. The results of this effort can be seen by our strong sales this holiday season and the positive feedback we have been getting from our consumers. Our focus will remain on maintaining high customer service levels while scaling up growth. We are proud to have the first customer service focused marketing campaign from the online travel industry and believe that this focus on customer service will drive customer loyalty and higher repeat business for us.”
Travelguru - India’s largest hotel network - offers access to over 4000 hotels in India and over 72,000 hotels worldwide. It offers travelers the opportunity to plan and purchase their travel in a transparent, easy and customizable manner. Instant bookings and confirmations are some of the unique features of the travel portal. Strategic partnerships and deep supplier relationships give Travelguru the edge as an aggregator of travel services. Sorting hotels by user reviews and several other criteria are some of the distinctive value-added services at Travelguru. Backed by next generation real-time metasearch technology, and a reservation center of skilled, well-trained travel professionals, Travelguru facilitates a wide range of travel options and recommendations for domestic as well as international travelers. The Travelguru hotel advisors guide you to the most convenient place to stay including rates, amenities, landmarks and so on across India. It promotes properties from budget to luxury, single room to serviced apartment, business accommodation to leisure houseboat. Recently, Travelguru has been awarded the prestigious JuxtConsult Award 2007 for being the ‘Best Practice Website’ in user–friendliness. The senior management team brings significant experience from diverse fields such as hospitality, travel, e-commerce, retail and banking. With sizable investments from blue-chip investors Sequoia Capital India and Battery Ventures, Travelguru is set to redefine the way India travels. Travelguru can be found on the World Wide Web at www.travelguru.com or can be reached by calling the company’s reservation center,
+91 - 22 - 4275 4878 (standard charges apply).