Booking hotel room reservations through internet will expedite tourism as it will reduce hassles faced by intended tourists and travelers, said Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Jovago Paul Mindy during his some 24-hour visit to Dhaka from Monday.
Mindy arrived in Dhaka from Paris and flew to Yangon on Tuesday after launching its online hotel booking service Jovago in Bangladesh on Monday. Jovago is run by German internet based business group Rocket Internet.
Jovago was founded by Africa Internet Group (AIG) and is backed by MTN, Millicom and Rocket Internet.
Bangladesh so long had no facilities to book hotel reservations through common internet platform. However few hotels run their own website facilitating advance booking for registered clients. Visitors often have to run pillar to post to have a space to sleep in comfort and security, at some busy tourists spots like Cox's Bazar.
The Group introduced the facility in Pakistan recently and will soon do so in Myanmar. Rocket Internet operates in the Asia region through its subsidiary company Asia Pacific Internet Group (APIG) with an aim to develop entrepreneurship by bringing necessary resources and expertise to create success on the continent. APIG is providing service in Asia with its different web-able services including Jovago, Kaymu, Hellofood, Carmudi, Lamudi etc.
The CEO of the internet-based hotel booking service while taking exclusively with The Daily Observer said: "We started the journey from Nigeria, a developing nations where most of the people has perception about the tourism is very expensive. To break the barrier to provide this community with cost effective destinations at all, we initiated our foot step."
"The word Jovago has come from two French works Jo and Va which mean I and go respectively. The word Jovago means 'I go'."
"Bangladesh is one of the progressing nations. The technology is growing with diversity. The third generation network is spreading in rural area."
"The potential of the technology based tourism service is very impressive. The technology based tourism services is growing 20 to 40 per cent per month. That is a great opportunity for us. We want to bring all the tourism destination of the country by 2016."
When asked about the cooperation with tourism department of the government in attracting more local and international tourists to visit the country, he said: "The government has announced the tourism year that is very impressive programme. We are working with the public stack holder. But that is confidential. We will disclose the programme when we go forward."
Basically an Engineer, he graduated from a polytechnic college in France he went to USA for employment and worked with Mackenge, a research company. He has been leading the Jovago globally from September last year.
"We are truly believed in the potentiality of Bangladesh. There are two kinds of travel are happening here that is leisure travel and business travel. The business travel is for a specific section. But we are focusing on the middle class of the country who have wrong perception about the travel. We want to provide cost effective travel destination."
Paul is very curious about the tourism sector in Bangladesh. When he was asked about which was his most desired destination here, he said, "The environment is very wonderful here. Sylhet, Moulovi Bazar, Cox's Bazar, those are very attractive palaces."