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STAAH celebrates eleven years in Sri Lanka

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STAAH, a New Zealand cloud-based platform technology company that has been helping power the online growth of accommodation providers since 2008 celebrated its eleventh year in Sri Lanka at the Colombo Golf Club last week. Negete is the exclusive reseller of STAAH in Sri Lanka and the Maldives.

Chairman Rafat Hashim, Commercial Director Global, Tarun Joukani, Managing Director, Fazal Hameed and Director Partnership Rajesh Ghanshani at the event.

Chairman Rafat Hashim, Commercial Director Global, Tarun Joukani, Managing Director, Fazal Hameed and Director Partnership Rajesh Ghanshani at the event.

STAAH Director Partnerships, Rajesh Ghanshani said that they were pleased to note the quick rebound of the tourism sector in Sri Lanka sooner than expected which is giving a major economic boost to the country. “This has created an increased demand for Sri Lanka as a destination which will open up more new business for the local hotel sector.”

He said that since the introductions of STAAH to Sri Lanka many leading hotels and even small boutique properties have been using our platform as it has helped to increase business for them.

“We also observe a new trend where the SME sector hotels too are embracing our solutions along with ‘home stay’ providers,” Rajesh said. Commercial Director Global Tarun Joukani said that STAAH is helping accommodation providers to maximise their online revenue. “STAAH’s industry-leading technology powers a property’s distribution through online travel agencies (OTA) and direct bookings and works with over 18,000 properties across ninety countries through its operations in New Zealand, Australia, India, Sri Lanka, Malaysia, Philippines, Thailand, Indonesia, UK and Europe.

“Travel patterns are changing with an increasing shift towards online bookings moving away from the traditional booking by looking at brochures and consolation with travel consultations.”

Commenting on the high airfare Tarun said; “It should settle as more flights are taking to the sky to ease the current demand. Airlines are trying to recover their previous costs and this too has been attributed to high airfares.”

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