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It’s all about the journey

  1. 1. #FlyByDigital Albert Dias, Musafir.com It’s all about the journey #FlyByDigital
  2. 2. #FlyByDigital Sheikh Mohammed Sachin
  3. 3. #FlyByDigital We began with five people in a corner-store off the main street in Sharjah February 2005
  4. 4. #FlyByDigital Today 1Revenue People 2 Tomorrow Future 3Innovation
  5. 5. #FlyByDigital
  6. 6. #FlyByDigital We were entering the era of automation, so our people had to be passionate problem-solvers January 2008
  7. 7. #FlyByDigital
  8. 8. #FlyByDigital Retail 2005 2008 Online Corporate OTA 2010 2013 Leisure OTA Visas and holidays 2015 2018 Intelligence Pivot Persevere Push Prepare
  9. 9. #FlyByDigital We’re at the beginning of a new era, shaped by intelligence, not automation October 2017
  10. 10. #FlyByDigital Planning Choices 1920 1940 1960 1980 2000 2020 2040
  11. 11. #FlyByDigital Today 1Innovation People 2 Tomorrow Future 3Revenue
  12. 12. #FlyByDigital When do you think we will stop planning and just go? Question

Editor's Notes

  • To kick things off, I’d like to introduce you to the two people who were with me on this journey
    Mohammed was the adventurer, who eventually went on to climb Mt Everest and the seven highest summits on each continent
    Sachin was the fun-loving explorer who’d be at Times Square for new year’s eve and back in Dubai for new year’s day
    They were different, but they shared a love of travel
  • It was that love of travel which led them to start their first company with …
    It’s not the Internet City or Silicon Valley where you’ll find today’s OTAs, but we were bootstrapped and it taught us three things early on …
  • Our revenue made our today …
    And it was in innovation that we realized that our customers were going somewhere else – and it wasn’t the shop next door
  • It was around this time a little over ten years ago …
    In doing so, we joined the likes of Harry Potter, Southwest Airlines, Monsters Inc and several other great ideas that began on a napkin.
  • Travel before 2008 required a paper ticket
    We wanted to challenge convention and we wanted to do it here
    This spirit carried over to everyone we worked with – including Amadeus
    Amadeus understood us, albeit after several meetings
  • It may not look like much today, but that’s what the UAE’s first full-service OTA looked like
  • Today, we’re a company with over 300 people with targeted gross bookings of over
  • Intelligence is going to ride on top of the automation we’ve built over the last decade and help us do greater things
    If you haven’t already automated something, there’s a service out there that has – and you should build on top of it, instead of reinventing the wheel
  • What’s pushing the demand for this intelligence?
    Immediacy
    Choice
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