United Arab Emirates-based travel portal Musafir.com today said it has appointed cricketing legend, the soon-to-retire Sachin Tendulkar as its brand ambassador as it enters the Indian online travel agent market.
Commenting on the development, Musafir.com Managing Director Sachin Gadoya said: "We are extremely excited to have Sachin Tendulkar on board as our brand ambassador...Through this association, Musafir.com aims to strengthen brand recall to meet the company's ambitious growth plans in India."
India's online travel market is expected to cross Rs 55,000 crore by 2015 and OTAs (Online Travel Agents) are expected to account for a 40 per cent share of that market, he added.
Speaking on the development, Sachin Tendulkar said: "Musafir.com understands the business of travel and has been successfully catering to the emerging needs of travellers. I look forward to this exciting association as we encourage India to plan their travel with Musafir.com".
The partnership with Sachin Tendulkar covers a major global marketing campaign that includes radio, television and outdoor media.
"Our aim is to leverage our expertise and experience to maximise opportunities in this burgeoning market by focusing on the B2C leisure travel segment and offering Indian travellers a suite of exciting products, no-nonsense convenience and a premium experience," Gadoya said.
Founded in the UAE by Sachin Gadoya, Albert Dias and Mohammed Al Thani in August 2007, Musafir.com's foray into India, forms an integral part of the company's global expansion strategy.
Musafir to invest Rs 100 cr in India
UAE-based travel portal Musafir.com, in which ace cricketer Sachin Tendulkar owns a minority interest, today announced investment of Rs 100 crore as it launched its operations in the country.
"We are planning to invest Rs 100 crore in the next two-three years. Around 60 per cent of the fund would be going for marketing. The remaining would be for services, and getting the team in place. Apart from that we are also planning to come into the retail space as well," Musafir.com managing director Sachin Gadoya told PTI here.
The investment will be funded through the UAE-based Universal Travels & Tourism and India-based Viva Holdings.
The company plans to operate in the brick and mortar space with 12 stores in the country by next year.
"This financial year we are planning to open two retail stores and then next year we have an ambitious growth plan of having at least 12," he said adding they would look at small towns too.
"We have 11