Dubai: Musafir.com today announced that they’re on track to achieve a 30 percent year-on-year growth in their corporate business by the end of 2019 and cross 100,000 transactions. They also announced a 30 percent 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 optimize travel planning.
Musafir.com has seen a marked increase in UAE-based companies booking their travel online in 2019. Online travel management puts companies and their travelers back in the driving seat with greater transparency and savings.
“Companies using our online corporate travel technology see savings of as much as 20 percent 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. 95 percent of their customers today prefer at least their first interaction to be online, and more than 10% 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 percent 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 & 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”.
About musafir.com Musafir.com is the UAE's first premium-experience travel website. We offer flights to over 3,000 cities, hotel stays in over 250,000 properties around the world, holiday experiences and much more.
The word musafir (pronounced moo-saa-fir) means “traveler” in Arabic, and we at musafir.com live by three promises to all our travelers – great choice, no-nonsense convenience and a premium experience.
Musafir.com was founded by Mohammed Al Thani, Sachin Gadoya and Albert Dias in August 2007. We launched our services in India in 2010 and signed an exciting partnership with cricketing legend Sachin Tendulkar in 2013, which saw him represent Musafir as a global brand ambassador till 2016.
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