Mobile application to keep hosts and guests connected in locations with zero to poor data connectivity ~
The app has been designed to overcome data connectivity challenges in the farthest corners that often house the most beautiful homestays in the country. Most of these homestays are located in regions where there is no internet connectivity. When a guest books a stay in such remote areas, the booking often gets no response and is lost due to poor connectivity from the home owner or host’s end.
Says Pankaj Gupta, Chief Product and Technology Officer, Stayzilla, “Stayzilla has hosts and homestays spanning the breadth and depth of India. This app ensures that bookings can be realized end to end irrespective of the underlying data connectivity. We continue to work on exciting technical and product solutions to serve our mission of connecting travelers with hosts on Stayzilla.”
Stayzilla’s offline feature will now connect the home owner with the guest by sending notifications on the app via SMS when the host is in data offline mode. The home owner simply needs to have a phone with cellular connectivity (even without 2G/ 3G) to receive the booking confirmation on his/ her mobile phone. Additionally, Stayzilla also ensures connectivity with the host through automated IVR, wherein he/ she is able to confirm bookings. The cognitive feature of the app predicts whether the host’s phone has internet connectivity or not and determines intuitively to reach out either via SMS or app notifications accordingly.
Bengaluru based Stayzilla.com is the largest platform (website and app) for verified homestays and alternate stays in India. It has more than 55,000 stay options across 4500 towns in the country. The platform caters to both homeowners and travellers looking for differentiated, unique stay experiences.
What is a Homestay? Homestay is a stay option wherein guests (travelers) can rent a room in the home of a local family (host) and enjoy personalized service from the host (local homeowner). Staying in a homestay enables the guest to experience local culture and participate in events and festivals. It is a great way for guests to make new friends and connections that enriches the overall travel experience. Hosts can enjoy the company of various guests at their place, showcase their property and make new connections while generating income.