GLOBAL HOTEL booking website and smartphone application, HotelQuickly, aims to become the No 2 player in Asia within three years, Jerome Cle, executive chairman of HotelQuickly, said yesterday.
The company yesterday made an official announcement of its partnership with the online travel-sharing community, travelbook, and the online platform for booking local tours and activities in Asia, eOasia, with all partners banking on synergy to expand their growth.
Cle is founder and chief executive officer of investment firm Rising Sun Merchant Services Pte Ltd, which recently invested in HotelQuickly, eOasia and travelbook. This has made him become executive chairman of HotelQuickly, eOasia and travelbook.
So far there have been 5 million downloads of the HotelQuickly app and an average of 2.8-3.2 million users are returning to use the platform. It aims to have between 15-20 million active users by the end of 2019, he added.
HotelQuickly will also introduce chatbots on its web page in October 2018, he said. Established in 2012, HotelQuickly is one of the fastest growing hotel booking platforms, with millions of users and more than 450,000 hotels across 28,000 destinations in 219 countries and territories. Its platform is available in 16 languages, with offices in Hong Kong, San Francisco, Singapore and Sydney.
Before Rising Sun Merchant Services’ investment in these three companies, HotelQuickly had its own global head office in Bangkok, eOasia’s operations were in Singapore and travelbook was headquartered in US. With the entry of Rising Sun Merchant Services, all will be relocated to |the same new office on Silom Road. According to HotelQuickly, the top travel destinations booked globally are New York, Paris, Los Angeles, San Francisco, London, Tokyo and Bangkok. Meanwhile, the top travel destinations in Thailand booked by HotelQuickly users are Bangkok, Phuket, Chiang Mai, Koh Lanta, Krabi and Koh Samui, with an average stay of between 5-7 days.
The average age of HotelQuickly users is 30, with most booking 4-5-star chain hotels and boutique stays, as well as families booking for vacations and solo travellers for leisure and business.