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The Curtain Raiser
With the advancement in technology travel has become easier, faster, and cheaper bringing the world close and thus the hospitality industry has become a crucial part of our everyday lives. We are constantly looking for means to satisfy our accommodation and food needs when traveling for business conferences, medical reasons, exams, vacations, and so on. Bag2Bag is one such travel tech start-up that understands the constantly evolving needs concerning the hospitality industry and is working actively towards providing a one-stop solution to all of the travel and hospitality-related needs of its users.
On the morning of 2nd November, Bag2Bag celebrated the relaunch of its website to mark an important milestone in its mission to fill in the untapped areas of the hospitality industry. The business initially started with its carefully curated short stay incorporating a pay-per-use model and is now aiming to expand with the plethora of accommodations it is introducing with its extended stay feature
Welcome to the relaunch event
The event was held at the office premises and hosted a number of social media influencers and hotel dignitaries who were welcomed by the Bag2Bag employees. They were served some refreshments upon their arrival. Soon the launch ceremony commenced which was hosted by Mrs. Sandhya and Mrs. Swara. They provided a hearty welcome to all the dignitaries by thanking them for their support, provided a brief introduction about the company’s journey, and later asked Mr. Alok Mishra the co-founder and CEO of Bag2Bag.
The journey of Bag2Bag
Mr. Alok spoke in detail about the journey Bag2Bag embarked upon in the year 2019 and some of the hurdles the company faced along the way. The two major challenges that Bag2Bag had to overcome were societal acceptance of people regarding the concept of hourly short stays and the recent wave of the pandemic. Later he addressed how the company managed to bounce back from the pandemic that hurt the hospitality industry the most with the help of their dedicated and hardworking team, boosting the morale of employees. Speaking more about the purpose of Bag2Bag Mr. Alok said, “ we intend to create a hospitality offering application and organize all the hospitality-related services on an online platform alongside accommodations creating a holistic experience for users while providing add-on revenues for accommodation providers. This vision cannot be possible without the support of property owners to curate satisfactory experiences for the users and social media influences to reach out to society. I believe we need to collaborate to make this a reality as our intent here is not just to make money but to create a much-needed revolution in the hospitality industry.”
Behind the scene
Following the speech on the intent of Bag2Bag and learning how this entrepreneurial dream was carved, dignitaries were given a sneak peek into the work culture in the Bag2bag office with a behind-the-scenes video showing the excitement that was building up in the office leading to the relaunch. Seeing that the vibe had become quite lively in the event after the video, the hosts turned this excitement up a notch and announced the winners of the “lucky coupon draw” and gifted them surprising Bag2Bag goodies.
Website Relaunch with New features
Following this fun segment the COO of the company Mr. Anurag Tiwari and the CTO of the company Mr. Gaurav Garg along with Mr. Bijeesh displayed a gripping PowerPoint presentation. The Presentation was started by Mr. Bijeesh who told the story of the conception of Bag2Bag and how far it has come giving important details to the dignitaries about the employee strength, the number of properties collaborating with Bag2Bag and the recent funding the company received while disclosing the exciting fact about this new startup beginning to generate revenue. He also explained the vision and mission of the company. Bag2Bag prides itself on being a customer-centric, innovative, and loyal company that also values simplicity in its user experience. This was followed by the unveiling of the company’s new logo and the relaunched website exhibiting exciting new features marking the pivotal moment in the journey of Bag2Bag.
After the unveiling, the presentation continued with Mr. Gaurav Garg, the CTO of Bag2Bag explaining the dignitaries’ hard work developers had put into making the website and app user-friendly. Speaking more on the user experience he said, “ The user interface of our website is very sophisticated, compatible, and easy to navigate for accommodation partners and users on the extranet. Our major goal is to make our extranet compatible with any API, PMS, and channel manager that is available and working so our accommodation partners can operate and collaborate with us with ease in terms of inventories, amenities, experiences, and so on. Our website is compatible with mobile as well while maintaining a user-friendly android and iOS app. In upcoming features, you can expect a travel blogger cum social media experience with our website wherein users can share their travel stories, images, videos, and many more creating almost a social media replica on our website.”
Later, Mr. Anurag Tiwari came up on stage to explain the additional features the website has come up with that both users and accommodation providers can benefit from. Explaining the extended stay he said, “ We focused on providing flexibility and affordability with short stays that benefited customers and now with extended stay, we are making the platform more lucrative for accommodation providers. With extended stays, users will be able to book rooms for a longer duration ranging from days to weekly as well as monthly bookings. We have also launched pre-discounted rates on longer stays. With this improved website, users will be able to choose from a variety of accommodation options such as homestays, resorts, hotels, service apartments, villas, cottages, and guest houses for a wholesome experience.” He also elaborated on the new food and beverages feature the website is providing that allows users to prebook their meals from in-house restaurants while booking their stay. Mr. Anurag emphasized on the “experience” feature on the website that will be available soon stating this is the company’s attempt to organize the activities segment of travel.
Influencers and Industry Experts
After the glorious relaunch of the website the hosts insisted the influencers and property experts to speak on their experience in their respective fields as well as asking them to express their experience with Bag2Bag. Many of the influencers and hoteliers choose to speak. Influencer and food blogger Ashwin Prabhaker, travel influencer Naveed Alam ,“the famous foodie” Priya and many more spoke about their journey towards becoming social media influencers and youtubers. Mr. Jagan Tanikella from Bloom hotels spoke on how Bag2Bag has been a formidable player generating revenue for them since the time of pandemic. Mr. Nipun Bhola from Lemon tree hotels congratulated the Bag2Bag team and spoke on how he has observed phenomenal growth in the company. Finally Mr. Natrajan K from La Sara Hotels shared his thoughts and experience with Bag2Bag.
Goodbye with Gratitude
Following the speeches of dignitaries, the founders extended their gratitude with gift hampers as a token of appreciation. The guests were also requested to share their thoughts on the giant signing board to leave their mark on Bag2Bag and cement the relationship. Later the lunch was announced which consisted of scrumptious delights combining the essence of south and north indian cuisine.
In conclusion, the event managed to successfully bring together the essential pillars of the hospitality industry and community with accommodation experts and social media influencers showcasing their unity within the industry. The vision Bag2Bag values is truly radical in its purest form worth nurturing and the company believes it will be possible with the support and collaboration of all the dignitaries that graceIn conclusion, the event managed to successfully bring together the essential pillars of the hospitality industry and community with accommodation experts and social media influencers showcasing their unity within the industry. The vision Bag2Bag values is truly radical in its purest form worth nurturing and the company believes it will be possible with the support and collaboration of all the dignitaries that graced the event..
Also Read: The story behind the new logo of Bag2Bag.