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DidaTravel holds hotelier reception in Thailand to boost the value proposition it offers to hotels

DidaTravel sees very high global growth in Southeast Asia destinations.

Phuket, Thailand – DidaTravel – a leading global hotel wholesaler – has hold a gathering reception with nearly 100 hotel partners in Phuket today, and DidaTravel’s Thailand team announced ambitious plans for the direct contracting expansion strategy in this destination.

Move into 2022, DidaTravel sees very high global growth in Southeast Asia destinations, especially Thailand it leads the market growth, with bookings up 324% in the January 1st to April 30 period of 2022 vs the same period last year. Bangkok, Pattya, Phuket, Krabi, Hua Hin are Top 5 destinations in Thailand reserved via clients.

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DidaTravel’s B2B buyers are based in more than 50 source markets worldwide and over half of them are now based outside of APAC. Such B2B buyers typically offer hotels incremental bookings from long-haul guests who often stay for longer, book further in advance, cancel less and spend more at the property.

rida travelAnnie Jatnipis, director of market management Thailand said: “Thailand is a key destination for DidaTravel, we have a long-standing commitment to the Thai market and continue both to grow our presence and create valuable opportunities for our partners there. We encourage our partners to book vacations inhailand and look forward to welcoming guest from all over the world.

“Apart from promoting their hotel rooms, this year we will be adding value to partners by providing them with more in-depth market data & insights via our upcoming BI reports. By doing so, we can work closely with hotels to come up with the best strategies for targeting the right sales channels and accurate pricing suggestions along with the right marketing tools.”

DidaTravel was founded in 2012, the company work with over 23,000 travel buying clients around the world, including travel agencies, tour operators, wholesalers, travel management companies (TMCs), and airlines. Additionally, the company has a portfolio of over 51,500 competitively sourced direct hotel contracts, as well as 700,000 hotel properties provided by 600+ global suppliers, covering more than 200 countries/regions.

Over the past year, DidaTravel has accelerated its digitalization and global expansion, and is now expanding its team in 17 cities and setup 8 offices around the world. Geographic diversication drives successful recovery for DidaTravel in outside China sourcing market. This follows an announcement in April 2021 that they had completed a series B financing worth hundreds of millions of yuan from Alibaba group.

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Andrew J Wood was born in Yorkshire England, he is a former hotelier, Skalleague and travel writer. Andrew has 48 years of hospitality and travel experience. Educated at Batley Grammar School and a hotel graduate of Napier University, Edinburgh. Andrew started his career in London, working with various hotels. His first posting overseas was with Hilton International, in Paris, and he later arrived in Asia in 1991 on Bangkok with his appointment as Director of Marketing at the Shangri-La Hotel and has remained in Thailand ever since. Andrew has also worked with the Royal Garden Resort Group now Anantara (Vice President) and the Landmark Group of Hotels (Vice President of Sales and Marketing). Latterly he has been the General Manager at the Royal Cliff Group of Hotels in Pattaya and the Chaophya Park Hotel Bangkok & Resorts.

A past board member and Director of Skål International (SI), a former National President with SI Thailand and a two time past President of the Bangkok Club. Andrew is the former President of Skål Asia. In 2019, Andrew was awarded SKÅL’s highest award the distinction of Membre D’Honneur.

He is a regular guest lecturer at various Universities in Asia.