Travkart.com eyes launching corporate login this year; inbound division by 2019
To launch new franchisees in Chennai, Delhi, Mumbai and Pune
Akansha Pandey | Delhi
Travkart.com, an Online Travel Agent (OTA) by Holidays by Sahibji, is aggressively planning on launching a new inbound division under Travkart.com by 2019. The name is yet to be disclosed. The inbound tour packages will be promoted by the international franchisees at a later stage. All itineraries will be live with instant confirmations, available for booking by trade partners and end travellers, revealed Manheer Singh Sethi, Co-founder, Travkart.com while speaking exclusively to Travel News Digest. Corporate login will also be available on Travkart’s website from Q3 of 2018.
This year the company announced the launch of their first two franchises in Delhi and Mohali. Chennai is next on the cards. Two additional franchises are being planned in Delhi and one each in Mumbai and Pune, the finalisations of which are underway. Post the summer season, the brand will also lay focus on tapping the East Indian cities of Siliguri, Guwahati and Kolkata for franchise expansion.
On the international front, Travkart.com has already received queries from Dhaka and Bhutan. The OTA is identifying departure hubs from the respective cities to design fixed itineraries from the destinations along with understanding the market scenario and what kind of markets would work well from those destinations. Currently, Travkart.com is selling all departures from Ex-India hubs only.
“Targeting 100 franchisees in key Indian cities by 2020, we are currently in talks with the preferred trade partners and young entrepreneurs for new openings in high-potential towns. The strategic location of the franchise is being discussed for two more franchises in Delhi, and one each in Mumbai and Pune. This is of utmost importance for attracting good footfalls of the customer. With franchisee growth, Travkart.com is aiming for departures from 40 hubs in India. Simultaneously, we are laying equal attention on the quality training of franchise partners and their team,” confirmed Sethi.
Last year, Travkart recorded a turnover of about INR 13 crores and increased its market share in the B2B domain. The organic mobile app downloads of Travkart’s app has crossed 50,000. Over 12,000 signups have been done on Travkart’s website in 2017, 60% of which were by trade partners. Over 40 white labels were sold out last year to potential agents.
In the 2017-second half, with the launch of supplier login of Travkart’s site, a number of sellers and DMCs signed up and uploaded their own itineraries. Over and above, Travkart’s appointment as PSA for Madame Tussauds has given them widespread visibility.