OYO introduces business travel platform on app

Called “OYO for Business”, the platform offers rooms to cater to the needs of corporate travellers

OYO has announced the availability of its self-serve platform for business travellers on its mobile app. Called “OYO for Business”, the platform offers rooms to cater to the needs of corporate travellers. Amenities include air-conditioned rooms equipped with flat-screen television, free Wi-Fi, complimentary breakfast and 24×7 customer-care support. The rooms are present in over 6,000 hotels spread across 180 cities in India.

This development follows a six-month period of testing with 1,600 companies including large corporates, SMEs and start-ups. Using this platform, companies witnessed average savings of 30 per cent on their travel-related expenses.

Ritesh Agarwal, founder and CEO, OYO, said, “OYO has ushered in an era of reliable customer experience in the highly fragmented and unpredictable category of unbranded hotels in India. We are thrilled to extend our brand promise to business travellers across India’s premiere corporate, SMEs and start-ups. We are confident that business travel in India will become more rewarding and hassle-free once booked through OYO for Business.”

Kavikrut, chief growth officer, OYO, added, “With strong growth outlook in the corporate travel sector, we expect this service to scale rapidly. Mumbai, being the financial capital of India, presents a huge opportunity to cater to business travellers who are looking for a hassle-free experience at great value. So there is a wonderful synergy with our brand promise. Other than Mumbai, feeder cities of Maharashtra such as Pune, Nasik, Aurangabad and Nagpur have also emerged as key markets with demand from business travellers. OYO for Business offers carefully curated rooms, special offers and incentive, making this a preferred solution for corporates and SMEs.”

The platform offers ease of creating bulk bookings via the web and mobile app along with the added convenience of travel-expense management. Companies that enrolled in the pilot phase include corporates such as Citibank, Sony, E-value serve, Ranbaxy, Capgemini and L&T  and start-ups including Zomato and Snapdeal. Since launch, more than 4,500 corporates have come onboard with OYO for Business with recurring demand from 1,500 of them. Top clients include ITC, Bharti Airtel, HCL Technologies, Tech Mahindra, Ernst & Young, AMW Motors, Hitachi and start-ups such as Delhivery, Grofers and IndiaMart.

“Our corporate stay expenses have come down by 10 per cent since we started booking with OYO. The employees have been very happy with the experience – seamless from booking to check out, great rooms and helpful staff,” commented Sulabh Raj, administrative manager, Delhivery.

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