OYO, India’s branded network of hotels, has announced the availability of its self-serve platform for business travelers on its mobile app. Called “OYO for Business”, the platform offers rooms to cater to the needs of corporate travelers. 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 6000 hotels spread across 180 cities in India.
This development follows a six-month period of testing with 1600 companies, including large corporates, SMEs and start-ups. Using this platform, companies witnessed average savings of 30 percent on their travel-related expenses.
Speaking on this launch, 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 travelers across India’s premier corporates, 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. Businesses are looking for a hassle-free experience at great value. So there is a wonderful synergy with our brand promise. We will offer our partners carefully curated rooms, special offers and incentives to make this an enriching association.”
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 4500 corporates have come onboard with OYO for Business with recurring demand from 1500 of them. Top clients include ITC Limited, Bharti Airtel, HCL Technologies, Tech Mahindra, Ernst & Young, Bennett Coleman & Company, AMW Motors, Hitachi and start-ups such as Delhivery, Grofers and IndiaMart.