India’s leading online travel company, MakeMyTrip, has announced an annual celebration to recognize and reward the growing community of homestays hosts in the domestic travel market. The platform will reward properties for their unique attributes and features including location and view of the property, amenities, in-stay facilities, stay options for specific needs and requirements, and more. To be held annually, this is India’s first traveller choice award exclusively conceptualized for homestay properties and hosts.
Speaking about the importance of this initiative, Vipul Prakash, COO, MakeMyTrip, said, “MakeMyTrip’s Homestay Awards is an endorsement of the growing significance and contribution of this segment to the overall tourism sector. At one level, the idea behind this platform is to promote micro-entrepreneurship at the grass root level, and at another, to encourage travellers to explore India like a local by spotlighting the best homestays across the country.”
Hosts will be able to nominate their properties under specific categories on MakeMyTrip’s mobile application/website starting April 10, 2022. The comprehensive selection process will entail voting by travellers in the initial leg beginning first week of May followed by shortlisting of winners by eminent judges. The final winners will be felicitated at a grand event in August later this year.
Echoing thoughts on the contributions of the homestay ecosystem to the entire travel & tourism industry,Sunil Suresh, Group Chief Marketing Officerof MakeMyTrip, said, “The search for a home away from home during the pandemic led to adoption of new concepts like workcation, staycation etc. In the last two years, the homestays segment has shown tremendous potential and scope for growth – at the back of active contributions and determination of hosts to serve travellers despite all adversities. We are thrilled to create something special for India’s growing hosts’ community; and look forward to celebrating their journey and showing our appreciation for their hard work and commitment towards continuing to enrich stay experiences of Indian travellers.”
MakeMyTrip will announce the nomination details including the criteria and selection process pertaining to the awards on its website and social platforms soon.
About MakeMyTrip Limited
MakeMyTrip Limited is Indias leading online travel company. We own and operate well recognized online brands, including MakeMyTrip, Goibibo and redBus. Through our primary websites and mobile platforms, travellers can research, plan and book a wide range of travel services and products in India as well as overseas. Our services and products include air ticketing, hotel and alternative accommodations bookings, holiday planning and packaging, rail ticketing, bus ticketing, car hire and ancillary travel requirements such as facilitating access to third-party travel insurance and visa processing.
We provide our customers with access to all major domestic full-service and low-cost airlines operating in India and all major airlines operating to and from India, a comprehensive set of domestic accommodation properties in India and a wide selection of properties outside India, Indian Railways and all major Indian bus operators.