Tell us a bit about yourself and your background
I’ve been in the OTA (Online Travel Agent) business for over 20 years, most recently with Agoda where I was the Country Director of Agoda Malaysia and Brunei. During my time with Agoda, I also oversaw operations in Indonesia, Malaysia and Brunei and was also a senior advisor to AgodaJapan.
Tell us about your experience in blockchain and cryptocurrencies
Blockchain is very much new to me, however, I am fascinated by the technology and the potential it has, and I’m learning fast! We’ve assembled a great team, embracing a culture of sharing new ideas and opinions, and it feels like every day they teach me something new. In return, I share my experience and knowledge of OTAs and the travel sector, and we all grow and develop together.
How did you get involved with GOeureka? What appealed to you about the project?
I was approached by the founders, and after they shared their vision with me I knew it was something I wanted to be involved with. The online booking sector is ripe for disruption, and the GOeureka team’s plan to launch a fixed commission booking platform struck me as a fantastic approach. I could see that it would be a perfect fit for me, allowing me to share my knowledge and understanding of the hotel business from the eyes of an OTA, and help to shape and guide the building of the GOeureka platform.
I believe blockchain technology will be another milestone for online hotel bookings, which have depended on OTAs for many years, and the opportunity to be involved in bringing this new evolution to the industry is very exciting!
What are you responsible for at GOeureka?
I provide insight and feedback on the online travel sector and show the team how we can best bring hotels on board the GOeureka platform. Signups will be critical for the platform’s success, and I’m pleased to say we’re seeing a lot of hoteliers eager to embrace the change. We already have over 200,000 hotels keen to participate and we’re pursuing new partnerships every day.
What is your favourite part of the GOeureka solution? What has you most excited?
It’s tough to choose but I think providing fixed commission bookings to hotels will be a real game-changer and deliver a better experience and added value for hoteliers and travellers alike. However, I’m also looking forward to seeing users paying for their online bookings using cryptocurrency. The ability to transact in crypto is really new and innovative, and I think as more and more people come around to crypto and the blockchain space we’ll start to see that feature having more and more of an impact.
Where do you see the future of the travel industry headed? How do you see it evolving?
I see the price war between the major OTAs continuing to heavily impact the sector, creating a challenge for both OTAs and hotels as to how they can best manage their rates. Ultimately I think our approach, a fixed commission booking solution, will grow and gain traction. Metasearch engines will become more popular, consumers will see more affordable room rates, and hoteliers will still get a better return and be able to channel more resources back into their business.
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How do you feel about GOeureka’s progress to date?
Energised! It’s really satisfying to look back at where we started, with just an idea and a vision, and see how far we’ve come;
Development has advanced to the point where we now have a working booking platform, with the trial phase rapidly approaching in which we’ll be making our first test bookings.
We’ve brought on board over 200,000 hotels, signed up and ready to participate when the GOeureka platform goes live.
We’ve also seen our community grow and come together, with our initial coin offering (ICO) now in progress and our bounty campaign underway.
GOeureka continues to go from strength to strength, hitting milestones along the way, and I’m looking forward to those still to come!
GOeureka is a travel tech company utilising blockchain technology to build a hotel booking platform. Their mission is to decentralise the hotel booking sector and deliver greater transparency by allowing hotels to directly connect with their customers. As a technology partner to hotels, GOeureka aims to provide a dynamic digital experience to users and eradicate the high commission structures imposed by online travel agents. By reducing the financial commitments of hotels to third-party booking platforms, GOeureka’s vision is to enable hotels to focus more resources on providing better intrinsic value and services to travellers around the globe.
To learn more, visit https://goeureka.io