Leading e-ticketing portal, MakeMyTrip.com, which launched its website for the Indian market in September this year, has acquired 15,000 customers within two months of its launch. In October alone, the site attracted 10,000 flight bookings.
The travel website offers online booking of air tickets, hotels, car rentals, weekend packages and road trips within and from India.
“Our objective of shifting the power of information and decision making from the travel agent to the consumer is being realised. Today, with 15,000 customers booking travel on our site, we are excited that our innovative and competitive offering in India has met with success. We experienced a phenomenal sale of 15,000 air tickets and 2,000 hotel room nights since our launch, and this reflects the way a lot of Indians will book their travel in the near future,” said Deep Kalra, Founder and CEO, MakeMyTrip.com.
MakeMyTrip claims to be the only website in India offering real time travel bookings with the lowest airfare guarantee. “The convenience and wide range of offers, coupled with the boom in travel industry, have seen more people buy travel online. Our user friendly features, superior technology and lowest air fare guarantee has helped us service 15,000 customers,” added Kalra.
Most of the tickets were booked from Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore, Hyderabad, Chennai and Kolkata. As per the hotel bookings, Goa, Shimla, Manali and Ooty were the top holiday destinations in India.
Launched in 2000, MakeMyTrip had been catering to the US to India travel market before venturing into the Indian market. The company registered sales of over Rs 101 crore in the fiscal year ending March 2005. SoftBank Asia Infrastructure Fund had recently acquired a 50 per cent stake in the company with an investment of Rs 45 crore.