India-online-travel

The size of the online bookings industry by 2020 in India is estimated to be about 4 billion. The supplier ecosystem is expanding with new upstarts like Oyo who provide a blend of hotel chain distribution with online travel agency agility.

In 2016, MakeMyTrip and Ibibo, India’s two largest online travel agency groups, merged to form MMT-GoIbibo. Paytm re-entered the OTA space with a bang after their initial foray in 2015 did not take off.

International giants like Booking.com and Expedia trail Make My Trip-Go Ibibo in the domestic market. In this list below, we have included only the domestic Indian OTAs and excluded the other four major international OTAs – Booking.com, Expedia, Airbnb and Agoda that operate successfully in the Indian online travel market.


1 – Make My Trip – Go Ibibo

Overview:

MakeMyTrip founded in the year 2000 by Deep Kalra, expanded further in India in 2005. The company now provides access to all major domestic full-service and low-cost airlines operating in India and all major airlines operating to and from India, over 63,000 domestic accommodation properties in India and more than 500,000 properties outside India, Indian Railways and all major Indian bus operators.

Head office location/other main locations:

MakeMyTrip has its head office in Gurugram Haryana. It also has offices in New York, Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, Dubai, Phuket, and Bangkok. The company also has 14 self-owned travel stores and more than 30 franchise stores.  

Parent company/Other related companies:

Mauritius based MakeMyTrip limited, listed by Nasdaq is the parent company of MakeMyTrip India. MakeMyTrip also owns and operates brands like goibibo and redbus.in. Ctrip, Naspers, and Chinese tech giant Tencent are invested in the company.


2 – Cleartrip

Overview:

Headquartered in Mumbai, Cleartrip is a significant Indian online booking company that commenced its journey in 2006.   It is a single-window company that has recently partnered with Google flights to make the whole process of searching and booking flights simpler.  The company is authorised by all the flights, railways, and vital bus services across India, UAE, and Egypt.  You can book over 600,000 hotels on Cleartrip. 

Head Office location/other main locations:

Cleartrip is headquartered in Mumbai and operates across India and the Middle East.  The company has offices at Gurgaon (Delhi), Bengaluru (Karnataka)  and Dubai (UAE).

Parent company/Other related companies:

Previously known as  ‘Cleartrip Travel Services Private Limited’. In 2018 Cleartrip accelerated its international expansion with the first-ever cross border acquisition of ‘Flyin’ in UAE.   It also entered into a partnership with Kerala tourism development corporation in 2018 along with Google flights.

3 – Yatra

Overview:

Yatra Online Pvt. Ltd. (the word Yatra means journey) was founded by Dhruv Singh who is the CEO. of Yatra Pvt. Ltd. Above 1,000,000 hotels across the world are available on Yatra online. It also provides access to over 43,000 activities and more than 1000 packages. The company is listed on the NASDAQ. 

Head Office location/other main locations:

Head office of Yatra is in Gurgaon, Haryana. Retail offices of Yatra, for booking and inquiries, are spread across the country in cities like Ahmedabad, Bengaluru, Chandigarh, Chennai, Kochin, Hyderabad, Kolkatta, Haryana, Mumbai, Nagpur, New Delhi, Pune, and Surat. 

Parent company/Other related companies:

The parent company of Yatra Online Pvt Ltd is Yatra online, inc. Yatra acquired TSI in October 2010, 100% stake in travelguru.com in 2012, and Mumbai based travel-logs in 2016. The most recent acquisition of Yatra was UNIGLOBE ATB in July 2017. Yatra online and Ebix have entered into a contract this year. Ebix is set to acquire Yatra online via a merger. Yatra also launched e-gift cards on November 2013 in collaboration with Quiksilver and also launched holiday based shopping card with SBI India’s largest bank.


4 – Via.com

Overview:

Via.com was launched in the year 2006 – Vinay Gupta, Amit Aggarwal, Harsh Azad, Rohit Gaddi started the website from a small garage in Jaya Nagar, Bangalore. The company offers a mobile booking app, website, corporate platform, and a 24 hours toll-free booking service. Its corporate travel management unit assists corporate clients in managing travel needs. Today it serves over 2 million users, and it has over 500,000 registered hotels across Asia.       

Head Office location/other main locations:

Via.com headquartered in Bengaluru. It also has its offices in Noida, Kolkata, Ahmedabad, Chennai, Guwahati, Jammu, Goa, Mumbai Philippines, Indonesia & Singapore.

Parent company/Other related companies:

US-based Ebix acquired Via.com in 2017.


5 – Paytm (Pay through mobile)

Overview

Paytm – Pay through mobile was launched by Vijay Shankar Sharma as an e-commerce shopping website cum digital wallet app in 2010. After an initial foray into travel which did not take off, they have now returned with an improved business model.

Head Office location/other main locations:

Head office of Paytm is in Noida, UP. Regional offices of Paytm in Bengaluru, Chennai, Kolkata, Mumbai and Toronto. 

Parent company/Other related companies:

The parent company Paytm is one97communications. Alibaba is understood to have a 25% share in Paytm.


6 – Musafir.com

Musafir.com is was launched in India in 2010. Musafir means traveller. Sheikh Abdullah Al Thani, Albert Dias, Sachin Dadoya are the principal founders of musafir.com. Sachin Tendulkar the cricketing legend was one of the major partners and brand ambassador of Musafir.com, from 2013 to 2016. You can search and book over 100,000 hotels across the world with Musafir.   

Head Office location/other main locations:

Musafir.com is headquartered in Mumbai, Maharashtra. It also has its offices in Sharjah UAE and Pune Maharashtra. It has also expanded in Qatar and Saudi Arabia in 2015.

Parent company/Other related companies:

The parent company of Musafir.com is Dubai based company Universal travels & tourism LLC.


7 – Ixigo

Created by Aloke Bajpai & Rajnish Kumar in 2007, Ixigo is India’s leading meta-search engine. Ixigo aggregates information from different websites and lets you compare real-time information, about rates and availability of flights, trains, bus cabs, or hotels across India.  Along with the website, Ixigo hosts three apps on google play store and apple app store. It has partnered with more 100 travel websites around the globe.

Head Office location/other main locations:

Ixigo.com is headquartered in Gurgaon Haryana.

Parent company/Other related companies:

Ixigo.com acquired a content sharing app called Reach and Square hoot hikes Pvt. Ltd. The parent company of Rutogo which is an inter-city cabs aggregator.  Sequoia Capital India, Fosun RZ Capital, MakeMyTrip, Micromax, & SAIF Partners are some of the investors in Ixigo


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