HEENA MAHAJAN – Delhi
Wego.com, Asia Pacific’s travel metasearch site has started its operations in India. It made its entry in India through a merger with Holiday IQ and have a team of 160 people headquartered in Bengaluru, with offices in five cities. Ross Veitch, CEO, Wego Pte Ltd said, “Wego is the first travel meta search site in India. We are not an OTA. We are an aggregator of OTA’s, once a person does his basic search, a list for results on the basis of price for flights and recommendations for accommodations come up. Upon selecting the desired result the customer is directed to the transaction page of the selected player. Our aim is very simple – if you like value your time and money, visit Wego.”
The site gives travellers a complete view of available flights, hotels, travel packages and deals from over 150 travel websites in the time that it takes to search just one. There are currently 34 sites globally, in 20 languages and currencies presenting the latest pricing, availability and aggregated hotel reviews with destinations and accommodation options ranked according to their popularity locally. Its inventory includes over 350,000 hotels and over 500 full-service and low cost airlines. Wego has over 200 partners globally. For its Indian operations they have tied up with all the big players in the market. Wego has partnered with MakeMytrip, Yatra, Expedia, ClearTrip to name a few.
“The site for Wego is live and out. We are currently in the final round of talks with our partners and by the end of the month, all our integrations would also be live and we hope to touch three million visits in the next six months. For use India is the strongest market,” informed Ross. “The Indian OTA market has grown tremendously in a short span and is in a very exciting phase. The competition here is intense, which makes the market space very interesting. The players are multiple and the volumes are large. I believe that the Indian market has a very promising future,” he added.