Travel site Wego launches Dubai office
, February 7, 2013
Wego, a leading travel metasearch engine in the Asia Pacific and Middle East, has established a dedicated full-service operation in Dubai as part of its global expansion strategy.
Wego launched the world’s first comprehensive Arabic language travel metasearch site last April, in recognition of the desire amongst travellers to compare their travel options and book online.
Internet users across the Middle East and North Africa (Mena) have since adopted the site in huge numbers, already equivalent to the total from the company’s mature European sites, said a statement.
Wego operates over 50 websites in 30 languages around the world, managing many millions of flight and hotel searches each month. Travellers in the Middle East and North Africa now account for one in every seven searches on the site.
Wego’s new regional headquarters, in the prestigious Dubai Internet City, is headed by travel industry veteran and entrepreneur Mohamad Ibrahim Masri as managing director - Middle East and North Africa.
He brings 16 years of regional experience to the company, in sales, marketing and management roles with some of the industry’s leading brands, including Singapore Airlines and Tourism Malaysia. Masri also founded BizGate, the consulting firm that has represented Wego throughout the initial launch phase.
"Essential to the continued expansion and success of Wego in Mena is strong management, along with an established relationship with both the business and travelling communities which is why we’re very excited to have Mohamad join our executive team. We look forward to working in partnership with the governments and suppliers in the region to broaden access to travel online,” explained Ross Veitch co-founder and chief executive officer of Wego of Masri’s role.
Collectively, Mena travellers using Wego today are exploring options at over 3,500 destinations. Their searches include the inventory of 600 full service and low cost airlines, 350,000 hotels and resorts, as well as 400,000 recently integrated vacation rentals.
Wego compares over 700 travel sites to present its comprehensive results. - TradeArabia News Service