Technology has radically changed the travel industry. We can now plan entire vacations and book hotel rooms, flights, tours and other activities from our smartphones. Traveling is now more pleasant and convenient. Due to the tremendous growth in the tourism sector, we often discuss travel technology.
Let’s dive into what travel tech is, followed by India’s top 10 most innovative travel tech startups. What is Travel Technology? Travel technology helps users plan trips. It makes traveling more comfortable. Streamline travel companies’ back-office operations and enable customers to book online without a travel agent.
Up until a few years ago, travel agencies planned trips for their clients, including booking accommodation, transportation, and other travel-related services. But with technological advancements in the travel industry, most of these tasks have moved online. Customers can organize their travel plans themselves, or agencies can do it on their behalf through these platforms. Let’s take a look at the top travel platforms that use innovative technologies to make it easier for customers to travel.
Thomas Cook India Pvt.
The largest integrated travel services provider in the country is Thomas Cook (India) Ltd. (TCIL), which offers a wide range of services such as Forex, Business Travel, MICE, Leisure Travel, Value Added Services, Visa & Passport Services and E-Company. In 1881, the firm opened its first office in India.
As well as managing well known B2C and B2B brands such as Thomas Cook, then SOTC together with TCI, SITA, then Asian Trails, then Allied T Pro, then Australian Tours Management, then Desert Adventures, then Luxe Asia, then Kuoni Hong Kong, Sterling Holiday Resorts Limited, TC Forex, Distant Frontiers, TC Tours, TC Visa and Travel C, the Thomas Cook India Group also operates in 25 countries across five continents and employs over 8388 people.
Best Outgoing Tour Operator at Times Travel Awards for 2018 and 2019 and Leading Company with Cutting Edge Travel Innovation and Best Travel Agency – India at TTG Travel Awards 2019 were all awarded to TCIL. Silver won the Asia’s Best Integrated Report (First Time) category at the Asia Sustainability Reporting Awards.
Best Outbound Tour Operator at SATTE Awards 2019, Best Risk Management-Framework & Systems at India Risk Management Awards 2019 and Best Cash Management Solution – India at Asset Triple A Treasury, Trade, Supply Chain & the Risk Management Awards 2018. From 2011 to 2019 received the Condé Nast Traveler – Readers’ Travel Awards and the French Ambassador’s Award for exemplary achievements in visa issuance.
Club Mahindra Holidays and Resorts
Club Mahindra Holidays, an Indian hospitality company, was established in 1996. The Mahindra Group subsidiary offers timeshare holidays. Mahindra Holidays & Resorts India Limited is the Leisure and Hospitality Division (MHRIL) of the Mahindra Group. The main product is vacation property and the flagship brand is ‘Club Mahindra’. MHRIL primarily offers family vacations through vacation ownership clubs with 25/10 year memberships.
Club Mahindra is one of the most recent additions to the list of India’s best travel companies. The Club Mahindra experience gives you access to over 100 resorts in India and around the world, opening up a world of possibilities. In Goa you can relax on the beach. Stay in Manali in an igloo.
See the spectacular Northern Lights in Finland. Then have dinner in Munnar in a tree house. This travel agency has many positives. Club Mahindra Acacia Palms, Club Mahindra Varca, Club Mahindra Gir, Symphony Palms, Havelock Island and other new resorts are under construction. You can also visit them by taking 360-degree virtual tours of each resort from the comfort of your home.
MakeMyTrip is an Indian online travel agency founded in 2000. Based in Gurugram, Haryana, the company offers online travel services such as air tickets, domestic and international vacation packages, hotel reservations, and train and bus tickets. They had counters in four major airports in India as of March 31, 2018, over 30 different types of franchise-owned travel stores in 28 cities, and 14 corporate-owned travel stores in 14 cities.
MakeMyTrip has offices in New York, Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, Phuket, Bangkok, and Dubai, among others. Deep Kalra founded MakeMyTrip in 2000 and since then it has grown into a string of hits that have transformed the Indian travel industry. A saying that has helped this company grow and achieve milestones that no other travel company has ever reached is: “With great power comes great responsibility.” In 2017, the company merged with Redbus and Goibibo to become one of India’s best-known travel agencies.
Yatra.com is an Indian online travel agency and search engine. The head office is located in Gurugram, Haryana. It was founded in August 2006 by Dhruv Shringi, Manish Amin and Sabina Chopra. It was founded in 2006 to serve as an online hub for your travel destinations. It is a Gurgaon based company that provides a variety of services to both corporate and individual clients such as booking accommodation, holiday packages and airline tickets.
The website is very user friendly and you can save money on your bookings by using various coupons and discounts. The USP of Yatra.com is the “Activities” service, which offers shopping excursions, history tours, and other activities. Salman Khan became a brand ambassador for Yatra in 2012, elevating the company’s status as a leading travel provider and highlighting Yatra.com.
The following benefits are available to Indian travelers who now plan their trip at www.yatra.com: Extensive Domestic Hotel Options: To serve the country’s growing middle class, Yatra partners with over 1,000 different types of domestic hotels in more than 150 cities and towns across India. The company focuses on budget travelers with a significant number of hotels priced below Rs 1,000 per room per night.
Last Minute Yatra is the only online travel agency that allows customers to book flights up to three hours before departure. Since most air travel in India is booked less than three days in advance, this is especially useful for business travelers. State-of-the-art technology: For the first time in India, Yatra introduces the same technology used by the world’s leading online travel agencies. Customers can use Yatra’s active packaging tool to create and book travel packages to make them more convenient and cheaper. Yatra offers thoughtful holiday packages to travelers in all major cities of India.
Only Yatra in India offers a flexible airline search option, allowing customers to find the best deal two days before their preferred travel time. Yatra provides various types of travel information, prices, availability and reservations for airlines, hotels, trains, buses and car rentals in all 5000 major cities and remote rural areas of India .
Yatra’s customer service center is open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, allowing business and leisure/family travelers to make informed reservations at competitive prices. Yatra strives to meet the needs of its customers and therefore encourages users to provide informed feedback on their user experience.
As a subsidiary of Fairfax Financial Holdings Group, SOTC Travel Limited, formerly SOTC Travel Private Ltd and Kuoni Travel (India) Pvt. Ltd., provides travel-related services. It is owned by Thomas Cook (India) Limited (TCIL) and Travel Corporation (India) Ltd. It is a leisure and business travel company that provides sales, marketing, destination management, leisure and business travel services. It was founded in 1949.
SOTC offers worldwide holidays upon request. It also organizes corporate travel and MICE travel packages (Meetings, Incentives, Conferences and Events). The mission of SOTC Trade Fair Tours is to meet the needs of business people exhibiting or participating in international trade shows. It claims to be the first company in India to design and promote guided tours for overseas visitors.
SOTC has created various channels through tour packages including ‘Bhraman Mandal’ for Marathi speakers and ‘Gurjar Vishwadarshan’ for Gujarati speakers. Furthermore, SOTC’s new religious journey, ‘Darshans’ aims to provide an integrated leisure and spiritual experience at India’s best-known sacred sites.
The company’s top offerings – leisure, incentive, and business travel – helped it receive the SOTC Travel Honored award at the 2019 Ambassador’s Travel Awards of France. Over the past 70 years, the company has built a significant customer base of thousands.
Ashish Kashyap founded Ibibo Group, an online travel agency in India, in January 2007. MakeMyTrip (MMT) Limited, a subsidiary of a company that owns 100% of Ibibo Group, is a corporation. The group owns both RedBus.in and Goibibo, an online B2C travel aggregator.
MakeMyTrip (MMT) completed a strategic merger with the ibibo Group on January 31, 2017, under a settlement agreement dated October 18, 2016, by purchasing a 100% stake in the ibibo Group from MIH Internet, an indirect subsidiary of Naspers.
Customers can choose from several options thanks to the ease of use of the app and website. They say the best booking experiences include fast searches and bookings, fast checkouts, and customer service for refunds and settlements.
Expedia Group, Inc. is a United States-based online travel agency serving both consumers and small businesses. Expedia.com, Vrbo (formerly HomeAway), Hotels.com, Hotwire.com, Orbitz, Travelocity, Trivago, and CarRentals.com are some of the company’s sites that are primarily rate aggregators and meta travel search engines .
The words “crawl” and “speed” together make up the word “Expedia”, according to Rich Barton, the company’s first CEO. They have partnered with approximately 80,000 hotels worldwide and in 2013 received one of the industry’s most prestigious awards, the Award for Leading Online Travel Agency Website.
Cleartrip, formerly Cleartrip Travel Services Private Limited, is an Indian online travel agency based in Bangalore. The company operates a travel aggregation website that allows customers to book flights, train tickets, hotel reservations and activities in India and the Middle East. Offices are located in Saudi Arabia, Egypt, the United Arab Emirates and India. In 2018, fast travel won the Excellence in Travel Blogging Award for Company Operated Blog, proving its superiority over the competition.
If you are a frequent traveler and looking for an easy way to buy tickets on the spot, Clear Trip is the best option. The app is compatible with Android and iOS smartphones and the user interface is simple.
In 2008, the Pitti brothers (Nishant Pitti, Rikant Pittie and Prashant Pitti) founded Easy Trip Planners Ltd (EaseMyTrip.com) based in Delhi. The company is well known in the Indian travel industry for offering the best travel deals. Customers are attracted to their USP with no convenience fee*. They often offer special offers and discounts on travel, including flights, hotels, buses, taxis and vacation packages.
477 qualified employees are currently working on the growth of the company. Trusted by more than 8.81 million customers, the company is there for every pin through its network of agents, offices and franchisees. It has a large B2B network with 10,477 corporate clients and 52,752 registered partner travel agencies (as of September 30, 2019). After 11 years in business, the company has branches in major Indian cities such as Noida, Bangalore, Mumbai and Hyderabad. Additionally, it has international offices in Singapore, UAE and UK (subsidiaries).
Ixigo, which started operations in 2007, is one of the leading travel agencies in India. ixigo was developed by Rajnish Kumar and Aloke Bajpai. They strive to provide the best customer service possible. In doing so, they combined technology, innovation and economy. Therefore, this application offers fantastic discounts and offers.
They are ready to meet all your travel needs including taxi, train, bus, flight and hotel reservations and your travel destination.