By Olukayode Kolawole
Africa’s leading online hotel-booking company, Jumia Travel, has officially launched the web version of the Extranet App, an application that aims to give more flexibility and independence to hotel managers.
Jumia Travel is seeking to further empower its hotel partners across all markets with top-notch technology by unveiling the Web Extranet, a web version of the previously launched Extranet App on Android.
The tool allows hotel managers to confirm and view their incoming Jumia Travel reservations, change their rates and update availability.
According to Chief Operating Officer at Jumia Travel, Mr Charles de Moucheron, the portal is working on direct integration with existing partner hotel systems to manage bookings, update rates and availability.
“After integrating the first channel managers in May 2016, we are now integrating multiple hospitality software solutions for our hotels partners to work better with us.
“The Web Extranet is built on the latest technology that delivers the shortest loading time currently available in the market. This is customized to accommodate even markets where internet speed is still limited,” he said.
The new version is a so-called progressive web application, which delivers an app-like experience to the user. With a market that is highly characterized by a “mobile-first” adaptation, the tool is mobile-optimized, which means the app size can adapt to any screen size; be it on the mobile, smartphone, tablet or desktop.
“It’s like giving me the total control of my Hotel on your platform on the go, anywhere I am in the world,” Jadas Jean, General Manager, Ibis Lagos ikeja. The sentiments are echoed by Morning sides Suites Frontdesk Supervisor Samson Aiyelabola, who notes that “the Web Extranet is user friendly and simple to control critical aspect of the business.”
New features such as reviews, statistics and a finance section where hotels can review their invoices will soon be introduced.
The launch of the Web Extranet is part of a wider program by Jumia Travel to bring on board the latest technology to the hospitality industry in order to democratize travel in Africa.