It is a well known saying that,
“Travel can be one of the most rewarding forms of introspection”
However, every travel plan is accompanied by various concerns and one of the most important among these is bookings which include booking your means of transport, hotels and so on and so forth. One such startup which works towards getting this done for you is Rockstays.
Rockstays is a travel and experience booking platform which has been conceptualized by avid travelers and hospitality professionals. Rockstays has created a level playing field for all stakeholders in the business through an innovative business model and easy to use technology. It is an online ecosystem where travelers can find accommodations and travel experiences online, directly communicate with hosts and book a Rocking Stay at competitive prices. It is the first online platform where users can upload any kind of accommodation, allied services and travel experiences across the world for free and sell without paying any commission.
Rockstays was conceptualized and co-founded by avid traveler Dhruva Acharya and hospitality industry veteran Randhir Narayan. It all started in 2015. Randhir studied hospitality and tourism at hotel school in Salzburg & at the University of Salzburg, Austria. He is Founder & Partner of Absolute Hospitality Services (AHS India), a company engaged in investment advisory and management of hospitality & tourism businesses. Dhruva conceptualised and delivered the product in consultation with Randhir and setup the technology team of Rockstays. Dhruva has prior experience in Investment Banking and Equity Research (Kotak Institutional Equities) and Private Equity (Xander Advisors, $2 billion PE fund).
The Key Differentiator of Rockstays:
- Best Value: Property owners and experience providers have no commission burden, hence, the traveler gets the best service at the right price
- Quick Listing: Owners of guest houses, boutique hotels, home-stays etc. who cannot afford expensive booking software, payment gateway or website can easily create an account and list their property for free
- Experiences: Local experts can list unique experiences and conduct secure business online. These experiences can be sold independently or can be bundled with stays (rooms). Eg. Gorilla watching while staying in a wildlife lodge in Uganda or learning about coffee plantation while staying in a spice and coffee estate in Kerala
- Interactivity and social connect: Customers get to directly interact with Hosts, get authentic information, discuss plans and finalize special packages or offers
- Sharing: Hosts can easily share their offers on WhatsApp and other social media platforms. Hosts are encouraged to actively interact with potential travelers to drive bookings with ease and at virtually no cost
Rockstays is not a middleman, in fact it has done away with the concept of a middle man in travel. It is an online ecosystem and software, where hosts are free to price their accommodation, allied services and travel experiences in any way they want. Rockstays is the first platform of its kind where hosts can upload any kind of accommodation, from five star presidential suites to basic tents free of charge and commissions. Hosts can also upload local tours and experiences which can be packaged with the accommodation.