Singapore start-up iko.travel: A free booking platform for non-profit companies
To the rescue
It's hard to imagine boarding a flight again. But we're hopeful as travel restrictions are slowly being lifted in some countries, including Singapore Airlines that have already opened up flight routes to a couple of destinations.
That being said, in a post-COVID-19 world, the tourism sector needs a massive boost to get back up on its feet. This is where Singapore-based travel tech start-up, iko.travel, comes in. By offering its technology and booking platform at zero cost to non-profit organisations.
"We are trying to empower countries and destination travel websites and help local economies regain momentum," said Yann Gouriou, CEO of iko.travel, adding that while there were some good initiatives by the public sector, iko.travel's technology and booking solutions would be quicker in cushioning the economic impacts incurred by online travel agencies.
In an effort to transform online distribution into a more ethical and less fragmented industry, these tech solutions promise a hassle-free experience we all deserve in booking our next holiday. No more marked-up prices and sky-high advertising fees — travellers, hotels and online travel agencies get to stay in control of their online inventory.
A sustainable travel ecosystem
By putting travellers directly in touch with hotels, the process of booking a stay would remain simple, fair and cost-effective on both ends. As compared to how middlemen used to be able to manipulate prices, iko.travel's zero commission charge to hotels means that hotels are now encouraged to offer the best rates. Not only that, hotels can sell more than just rooms with packages, add-ons, experiences, meeting rooms. Bespoke services at cheaper rates? Consider it sold.
Advertisement costs obliterated
Forget spending taxpayers' money on pricey ads, this pioneering tech platform allows countries to focus on building and promoting their destinations, leaving the content distribution to iko.travel. A streamlined relationship such as this one promises travellers the level of enjoyment they deserve when they reach their destination.
More independence for hotels and travel suppliers
If you're looking for the best hotel inventory for your travel agency or travel startup, leverage on the power of the platform to access the hotel data you need to curate your services. These easy-to-use components can help process bookings securely within a few hours, without the usual high prices.
Social media management and online promotion made easier
The sophisticated traveller is hard to please — it takes a well-calculated approach to sell a travel package to those who know their way around travel booking websites. When generic promotions just won't suffice, help comes in the form of iko.travel's booking engine solution that's specifically designed to sell the bigger experience.