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Tuesday, 16 May, 2017, 09 : 30 AM [IST]

Travkart.com to expand pan India presence on franchise model

Registrations open by May end
Eyeing further market penetration, Travkart.com.com, an Online Travel Agent (OTA) by Sahibji Travels & Tours Pvt. Ltd. is planning to open 100 new franchises across India by 2020. The company has tied up with Franchise Bazar, a unit of Sparkle Minds, which will assist in the setup. The interested trade partners primarily from Tier II and III cities can apply from May end.

In the meantime, the brand will keep appointing Sales Associates in the new markets to work more aggressively with the trade partners as well as reach the end travellers.

Informing TravelBiz Monitor on their trade initiatives, Manheer Singh Sethi, Co-founder, Travkart.com said, “We are also conducting region wise trade workshops to educate agents on our competitively priced products, facility of holding packages for 48 hours and avenues to earn additional revenue. Safeguarding interests of trade partners, Travkart.com is giving them 5-12% commission depending on the volume of business transacted.”

He also added that on the cruise front, Travkart.com has taken the initiative to list varied cruise products by MSC Cruises, Star Cruises, Dream Cruises while Royal Caribbean, NCL and Crystal Cruises' products will be added in due course of time. The existing inventory is live from April onwards and is a one stop shop with photos and detailed information.

In the past months, Travkart.com launched its iOS mobile application at IITTE Mumbai apart from the Android one. So far, the app which is like a personal travel assistant, has received good response, courtesy its offline working feature, live chat, reminders about searches and easy payment options. Activities can be added on the go and bookings can be retrieved when offline.

The mobile app also facilitates booking of attractively priced fixed all-inclusive daily departures from 11 hubs across India. These packages can be customised depending on the customer’s choice. New theme packages named Experiential, Ladybird and Kids Special have also been launched recently owning to the huge demand.

The brand has currently 2400+ itineraries live on its portal and is continuously adding 20 domestic and international packages on an average per month. Travkart.com.com has targeted to reach 5000 itineraries by September this year.

Travkart.com was jointly Founded by Manheer Singh Sethi and Gursahib Singh Sethi in December 2016.
 
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