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Thursday, 21 June, 2018, 16 : 00 PM [IST]

Goibibo partners with PhonePe for hotel bookings via mobile app

Digital payments company PhonePe has partnered with Goibibo to allow users make hotel bookings and make payments from within the PhonePe app.

As per the partnership, Goibibo will offer a 'Hotels' microapp on the PhonePe app to enable users to book domestic and international hotels. Users will also be able to use their goCash balance to make these hotel bookings.

“This partnership will extend Goibibo's extensive selection of 50,000+ domestic hotels & homestays, including Goibibo certified goStays and half a million international hotels to PhonePe's growing customer base" said Goibibo COO Sanjay Bhasin "PhonePe has taken a unique approach to solve digital payments, and their open ecosystem allows us to build the Goibibo experience into their app and engage with a wider user base on their platform."

“With this partnership, Indian travellers can easily and conveniently make hotel bookings within their PhonePe app. The microapp storefront was built by GoIbibo in just 3 weeks, which is testimony to how simple it is to build out a merchant experience on PhonePe" said PhonePe co-founder and CTO Rahul Chari.

Rituraj Rautela, Head of In-App Platform, PhonePe added, "This is a big technology milestone for us, as this is the first partner built microapp on our platform. Goibibo has built this store using React Native, enabling a rich user experience similar to their native apps. Our platform is now ready for partners to easily open-up their stores for accelerated distribution of their services across our 100M+ users. This would empower partners to push faster product iterations and innovate with custom experiences, which would immensely enrich the mobile commerce experience in India."

Last week, Flipkart-owned PhonePe had partnered Ola to allow consumers to book cabs and autos from the PhonePe app and initiate payments without the second factor of authentication through the connected debit or credit card. It also has a similar app-in-app partnership with bus ticketing service redBus.

 
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