|22 July, 2019

Musafir.com sees boom in corporate travel, holiday bookings

30% rise in holiday travel bookings for the first half of the year

Musafir.com, a UAE-based premium-experience travel website, has announced that it is on track to achieve a 30 per cent year-on-year growth in its corporate business by the end of 2019 and cross 100,000 transactions.

It also announced a 30 per cent rise in holiday travel bookings for the first half of the year compared to the same period in 2018.

According to Albert Dias, CPTO and co-founder, the company’s success is attributed to its digital transformation journey, which began in 2018, and uses innovative technology such as machine learning and natural language processing to optimise travel planning.

“Our technology has helped us to redefine company travel programs with a renewed focus on traveller experience, better reporting and robust travel policies,” said Dias

Musafir.com has seen a marked increase in UAE-based companies booking their travel online in 2019. Online travel management puts companies and their travellers back in the driving seat with greater transparency and savings.

“Companies using our online corporate travel technology see savings of as much as 20 per cent on their annual travel spends in the first year simply because of better travel policy enforcement,” added Dias.

In addition to corporate travel, Musafir.com also focuses on holiday packages and tourist visa issuance & assistance, both services available online on Musafir.com.

For holidays, the rising trend of customers wanting to go online has helped Musafir.com’s new ‘Buy holidays Online’ feature gain a lot of traction, within days of the launch. Ninety-five per cent of their customers today prefer at least their first interaction to be online, and more than 10 per cent actually complete their entire holiday booking journey online.

While payment methods are key, offering the right portfolio of destinations is critical and Musafir.com today offers packages to over 40 destinations. While visa-free short-haul destinations are amongst the top-selling, Musafir.com sees a rising trend towards Russia, Ukraine, China and Eastern Europe for holiday goers from the Middle East. These upcoming destinations have shown an uptake of passengers of almost 10 per cent when compared to previous years, with Musafir.com. Overall, during the recent Eid holiday period, they saw a 100 per cent increase in sales as compared to last year.

For the upcoming Eid Al Adha break, Musafir.com recently announced a range of attractive travel deals, which include affordable short holidays, luxury getaways and week-long vacations for families and first-time travellers.

Commenting on Musafir.com’s overall growth and focus in 2019, Sachin Gadoya, CEO and co-founder of Musafir.com, said: “Digital transformation is a top priority for us to continue our growth in corporate travel, holidays and tourist visas in 2019. We aim to offer all our services online by 2020 and we’re hiring the right talent to ensure that we maintain our industry-leading position." - TradeArabia News Service

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