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Following the launch of the Marketplace Alpha V2, Travala has announced an August roadmap update which features some ‘aggressive’ expansion plans, key hires and further improvements to the Marketplace.

New Property Listings

The original Travala roadmap noted the addition of 5,000 properties in Vietnam alongside the Marketplace V2 launch, with the aim of adding another 10,000 bookable hotels in Thailand. Through the acquisition of strategic partnerships in Asia and Oceania, the August roadmap update mentions a further 80,000 properties to be added over the next 5 weeks. These properties will be spread across 10 countries: Thailand, Indonesia, Laos, Cambodia, Myanmar, Malaysia, Japan, South Korea, Australia and New Zealand. Travala has claimed that users can expect an average 21% saving compared to major OTAs (Online Travel Agencies) when booking any of these future listings or existing Vietnamese properties.

Key Hires

Travala has also been busy adding new members to the team in a bid to maintain the ongoing success of the project. These hires are as follows:

  • Chief Strategy Officer (CSO)
  • Chief Technology Officer (CTO)
  • Chief Marketing Officer (CMO)
  • Token Economic Architect
  • A City of Zion developer

These team members will be added to the website with an announcement about each of them, starting on the 30th of July and continuing through August.

Marketplace & Other Improvements

Further enhancements to the search, filter and sort functions of the Marketplace have been confirmed. Overall speed and caching enhancements are also planned to provide a smoother browsing experience. Finally, the booking flow and checkout process are also undergoing refinement. These updates are all planned for August 2018.

Travala has also teased the release of an improved whitepaper, technical roadmap, marketing plan and long term vision for the project. These releases are still ongoing, with no set announcement date at the time of writing.

For more information about Travala, visit the links below.

Written by Brett Rhodes