Cleartrip Middle East announces strongest quarter in its history

Updated 06 February 2018
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Cleartrip Middle East announces strongest quarter in its history

Cleartrip Middle East, a leading mobile and online travel company in the region, delivered its strongest quarterly results ever in the fourth quarter of 2017 on the back of a 59 percent year-on-year increase in bookings in the MENA region.
“We marked a strong finish to 2017 with the best quarterly performance in Cleartrip Middle East’s history. In markets like the UAE, we were able to outperform the industry showcasing a multifold expansion. We are particularly delighted to see that our investments toward the adoption of new technologies have started to yield positive results,” said Stuart Crighton, founder and CEO of Cleartrip.
In the UAE, Cleartrip grew four times as much as the overall air industry growth rate, which expanded at about 13 percent compared to the same Q4 period a year ago. In Saudi Arabia, Cleartrip witnessed a 236 percent increase in growth, driven by a number of factors including the company’s launch of its Arabic website and continued focus on product innovation.
While India continued to be the strongest route in the UAE and Saudi Arabia, the company’s domestic travel segment in the Kingdom expanded 25-fold in the last quarter. The UAE witnessed a spike in traffic to the Philippines, Saudi Arabia and Egypt, while the Kingdom recorded a substantial growth in traffic to Egypt, the UAE, Pakistan, the Philippines and Turkey.
“We are optimistic that 2018 will be another strong growth year, and we will continue to drive innovation and leverage technology to diversify and enhance our offerings. With our strong presence in the region and our solid financial credentials, we couldn’t be in a better position to further scale our operations and expand our market footprint. Closely aligned with our long-term growth strategy, we have laid out plans to further deepen our presence in the region, starting with our launch in Egypt later this year,” said Sameer Bagul, EVP and managing director, Cleartrip.
All booking channels performed well during the quarter, however, mobile was one of the strongest boosted by the company’s investments worth more than $1 million in mobile development over the last year.
“We clearly know that the future is mobile and we will continue to step up our efforts to bolster Cleartrip’s leadership position in this space. We are also working toward introducing ‘chat based’ booking and service experience to enable our customers to interact with our brand in a more ‘natural’ manner by cutting out the noise,” said Bagul.


Kempinski Ramadan Tent invites guests

Updated 22 May 2018
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Kempinski Ramadan Tent invites guests

Burj Rafal Hotel Kempinski has announced the launch of the “Kempinski Ramadan Tent” to celebrate the holy month with guests.
The venue has witnessed remarkable turnout in the past years.
The Ramadan tent portrays Arabic heritage and is a blend of traditional and modern attributes.
The tent, which is built specifically for Ramadan, is spread across 2,000 square meters and can accommodate up to 800 visitors. At the open buffet, visitors can enjoy a wide range of Saudi, Arabic and international dishes, including a variety of Eastern and Western desserts, and freshly prepared beverages to quench the thirst after a long day of fasting.
Christian Ruge, general manager of the hotel, said: “Based on the overall culture of our brand, and our concept of providing hospitality services to our guests with the quality and luxury required, we have expanded this culture in Saudi Arabia by offering a tent designed with an authentic Arabic style — as we do every year.”
He added: “Guests of the Burj Rafal Hotel Kempinski consider the Ramadan tent as their own home. When they visit our Ramadan tent with their families or friends, they will feel comfortable, enjoy the cozy atmosphere and savor the most delicious food with live cooking stations.”
This year Burj Rafal Hotel Kempinski will offer a children’s pavilion where they can color, have their faces painted, read books, enjoy games, and watch cartoons. Families will be able to enjoy their privacy in separate areas. Guests will also be able to watch the preparation of the dishes.
Sahoor at the hotel will be served daily at the Ottoman restaurant Tuğra on the fourth floor from 10 p.m. to 3 a.m. The buffet will represent the best of European luxury and authentic Arabian hospitality.
Those wishing to stay at the hotel during Ramadan can avail themselves of the Ramadan package, which has numerous benefits including complimentary iftar at the Kempinski Ramadan Tent.
Burj Rafal Hotel Kempinski is located in the financial district of Riyadh. The hotel comprises 23 floors and 349 rooms and suites. The hotel is involved in a range of community service activities, such as joint cooperation agreements with charities, foundations and others. Created in 1897, Kempinski Hotels is Europe’s oldest luxury hotel group.