Excitement is building in the countdown to the launch of Ojimah – an African travel tech company that believes it is changing the travel industry for the better.
Ojimah’s multi-functional platform not only covers almost every aspect of a customer’s journey, from flights, accommodation, local experiences and car rental to visa applications, e-wallet, destination guides and real-time conversations with advisors, but does so using proven sustainable and responsible tourism providers and inter-Africa, low-cost airlines.
Ojimah’s CEO Mike Tavares says, “Ojimah was conceived by hospitality experts using technology to enhance the customer experience, as opposed to a tech company coming into the hospitality area.” He adds, “Our background in hospitality makes us customer centric, with core values to support small businesses and local communities, and respect cultures and the environment through responsible and sustainable tourism. Whether travelling for business or pleasure, we create compelling experiences that emotionally connect people to the places they visit.”
Tavares has a background in international tourism and hospitality consultancy and operations. As Founder of United Consulting, he works with governments to design and implement sustainable tourism strategies and products, and with high-level stakeholders to develop hotels from the ground up.
Tavares knows that what guests and travellers really want is outstanding customer service and a user-centric interface from which to achieve all their travel needs in one go. Tavares says Ojimah will provide that as a seamless experience on a full-service platform, where a click on the live chat button puts you in touch with a real person.
Another significant differentiating factor is that unlike flight price comparison websites, Ojimah integrates 81 low-cost carriers including Africa’s top 13 low-cost airlines into its algorithm, to provide cost-effective and time-effective ways to reach a destination.
Tavares asserts that Ojimah is redefining the concept of online travel and will provide complete solutions for regional travel within the continent and international travel to Africa. Customer support teams will be located in Cape Town and Lagos to start.
Ojimah’s Beta version will be released on the 24th of May and will focus on three main products: flights, accommodation and experiences. “The Beta version will initially be available to people that are already on the waiting list or to those subscribing to Ojimah.com” says Tavares.
The full website www.ojimah.com will be launched by the end of June and amongst other innovative features, it will include a visa platform which allows you to find out up-to-date entry requirements and apply in minutes, eliminating the frustration with lengthy government forms, and expensive journeys to the embassy.
While Ojimah specialises in the African market, the platform also accesses the full range of travel services around the world. From booking a hotel in Miami, to purchasing a flight from Sydney to Paris or to simply booking a day tour in Shanghai. All at very competitive prices.
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