Bhubaneswar: Odisha Tourism Development Corporation (OTDC) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with OYO (An online travel agent (OTA) and room aggregator} ahead of the Odisha Hockey Men’s World Cup Bhubaneswar 2018.
As part of the agreement, OYO will increase the inventory of rooms on the OYO platform and will endeavour to take on board the hotels and home stays in Odisha to accommodate the enhanced demand for accommodation during the world cup. OTDC will promote the accommodation services offered by OYO amongst its guests through website integration and other means.
OYO will also set up a help desk at transit places such as Airport, Railway Station, bus terminals 5 day prior and during the Hockey World Cup. OYO will further set up a dedicated phone line to create and manage the bookings coming from the guests.
OTDC plans to enter into similar arrangements with other interested OTAs and carry forward this arrangement beyond the World cup.
Vishal Dev, IAS, Commissioner-cum-Secretary to Government, Odisha Tourism and Sports & Youth Services Department, Government of Odisha said: “OYO is a trusted brand and is doing quite well both nationally and internationally. With Odisha Hockey Men’s World Cup Bhubaneswar 2018 just few months away, we expect to have a massive footfall of visitors. This agreement will help enhance the guest experience.”
Ritesh Agarwal, Founder & CEO – OYO, said: “It’s a matter of great honor and pride for us as India’s leading hotel chain to partner with OTDC for the Men’s Hockey World Cup that is being hosted in Bhubaneswar, this year. All the eyes will be on India, and we at, OYO, are really excited to offer our quality and beautiful living spaces backed by our award-winning service, to the sports enthusiasts visiting the city from India and other international markets.
“As Bhubaneswar gears up for this spectacular event, our team is working round the clock to ensure that our current chain of 160 OYO hotels with 1600 exclusive rooms, is ready to delight the guests and sportsmen coming to witness this colossal occasion.’’