Railways passengers now have access to standardised hotel accommodation across 170 cities in India
Indian Railways passengers got another ticket to join the nation's journey to a digital future. Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC) has tied up with hotel rooms booking startup Oravel Stays Pvt., which operates the OYO Rooms network, offering rail travellers the option of real-time booking.
OYO Rooms, a startup backed by SoftBank Group, Greenoaks Capital, Sequoia Capital and Lightspeed India, will run the IRCTC hotel-booking page, offering its inventory, with the "promise of standardized amenities" to rail passengers, IRCTC said in a press release on Thursday.
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“We have made the necessary technology integrations and will be actively communicating about this newly available option through e-mailers, information on e-tickets," A K Manocha, the state-run corporation's chairman and managing director said in the release.
OYO Rooms, which cumulatively saw a million check-ins on its network through January, will offer about 45,000 hotel rooms in more than 170 cities and towns in India. The IRCTC portal sees as many as 5.5 lakh rail ticket bookings a day on average, the release said.
Abhinav Sinha, COO of OYO Rooms said: “OYO Rooms was conceived with a vision to change the way travellers view out-of-home stay. The first step was to expand our footprint to provide the comfort of a wide network. We are now focusing on enhancing guest experience and making our processes more robust through technology.”
Rooms on the IRCTC-OYO Rooms network can be accessed via the www.irctctourism.com website or passengers can call the number 9313223344.