Jumia Travel has hit 30,000 hotels in Africa and 30,000 globally and for growth the firm is now eyeing London and Dubai; some of the world’s top destinations.
According to the firm, the new continental and international destinations will include new properties in popular destinations in Africa including South Africa, Morocco, Egypt, and Tunisia, as well as outbound destinations including Dubai, London, New York, Paris, and Mecca among others.
Jumia Travel’s CEO Paul Midy cited, “as predicted by the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), by 2030, the new middle class will have grown by 1.5 billion, thereby doubling the number of international travelers. A gradually improving world economy, has propelled corporate travel, while the growing middle class has increased the prospects of first time visitors as well as visiting friends and families (VFR) across world”
As part of the initiative, customers will have access to travel packages covering the new destinations; with 24/7 local customer service and flexible payment options including Mpesa, payment on arrival, and credit cards.
The packages will consist of hotel stays, return flight tickets, tours or excursions upon request and availability. They exclude Visa processing fees, travel insurance, among other activities not mentioned above.
Last month Jumia Travel unveiled flight booking on its platform to become the go-to online travel platform in Africa, taking on booking.com among others.