Harare-listed hospitality concern RTG’s software solution Gateway Stream has surpassed the group’s own expectation, according to Group CE Tendai Madziwanyika.
Since its launch a year ago the app recorded 5235 downloads and in an interview with Equity Axis, Madziwanyika said expectations for the app, which is molded in the fashion of block buster global giant air’b’n’b, were to create brand awareness, get it downloaded and to acquire partners.
A total of 729 partners were acquired while 621 hotel bookings were made through the app during the year earning a total of $90,000 in revenue from the app.
Rainbow Tourism Group’s Gateway stream app has 3 compartments, an app where both consumers and service providers can register with the app. Firstly it acts as a tourism hub and its goal is to make it easy to book a hotel room, a table at a restaurant, buy tickets to events, order gifts for yourself or others.
Gateway Stream Driver app – The app allows drivers to deliver food, gifts and packages to clients in the comfort of their homes, offices and any desired location. It is linked to purchases and requests that would have been made through the Gateway Stream User app. The driver app allows the driver to navigate to the client to deliver the parcel to the exact drop off address.
The 3rd compartment is for Hotels and Lodges admin, restaurant admin, holiday homes and boats admin and all Events partners. Other hoteliers and lodge owners can view their reservations, and receive instant booking push notifications. They can manage bookings and purchases. Restaurant and Events partners can easily confirm or reject orders.
Whether tourists are looking for a hotel, lodge, holiday home, cruise, holiday packages, activities in and around Zimbabwe, restaurants, a cab/an airport shuttle or they just want to buy that perfect gift for a loved one, find it all on the Gateway Stream App.
To safeguard their brand, RTG works hard to make sure that whatever partners they get are quality partners. They go out to do assessments of the potential partners and then grade them according to their quality.
With competition such as Airbnb and trivago, the company intends to fend off competition by pricing their services and commodities at a lower rate, while giving the people a fresh product.
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Raynold Mhotseka is a Journalism and Media Studies student at the University of Zimbabwe. He serves as a news writer at financial research firm, Equity Axis where he is currently on attachment.