As 2006 comes to an end its a great pleasure to announce that most of the news and blogposts on online e-commerce happening in india were dominated by travel portals. From VC funding to gaining e-commerce transaction shares. Travel portals maintained their share of dominance. This also brought good news for startup airlines. As more avenues of sales opened up and their idea to by pass travel agents to offer cheaper tickets to customer also gained solidification.
In this blog we covered following Travel Portals
Yatra.com – Reliance Capital, TV 18 backed venture with a good experienced management team from travel industry
Cleartrip.com – Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers and Sherpalo Ventures. Another good non travel industry team but good e-commerce sense
Travelguru.com – Dont remember their backers but apparently quietest one among all the portals.
Flightraja.com – I like their design its a travel portal design which i would like to have if i start one selling reservations online. Clear simple with deals listed beatuifully in right panel. The organization is backed by offline travel agency and VC money offcourse.
Makemytrip.com – Everyone talks about them as they are the oldest in sector (wrong read my post about them)
ebay.in – They have been making noises on how they are also competition in online travel business
Travel.Indiatimes.com – Just never sure in which direction are they trying to move. Their site still needs lot of work
Travelmartindia.com – One of the oldest player which gave traveljini.com run for its money.
Travel Deal Aggregators
Zoomtra.com – backed by company which is technology provider to makemytip.com
Offline Travel Agents online foray’s covered
As you can see i have listed more than 10 travel portals which were covered on this blog excluding the bigwigs like thomas cook , SOTC etc. How much competition already exist in this market .Other than above we also covered cool travel 2.0 applications for both travellers and travel agents to take advantage of . Will keep covering more portals as they keep comming up.
With end of last business day of new years i can rest assure and goto sleep by saying we covered all the major news maker travel portals on this blog with real insight on what benefits they could provide to travellers looking for deals online.