TravelStart, a Cape Town-based online travel agency, is taking over the entire operations of Jumia Travel across Africa as the firm shuts down its operations in Rwanda, its third African market.
TravelStart will power Jumia Travel’s pan-African online travel booking portal and will take control of the sales, fulfilment and customer service aspects of Jumia Travel online booking websites in all its operating territories.
In a statement, Joe Falter, EVP Jumia On-Demand Services said, “We have a strong belief in the potential of the online travel industry and travel portals in Africa and have built a strong platform across our markets to address this opportunity. In Travelstart, we have found the perfect partner to build on the success Jumia Travel has achieved so far. While we will continue to promote the travel category, Travelstart will be responsible for the operational side of the business. The travel ecosystem in Africa will be further energised by this partnership.”
Travelstart, which had in the past shut its Kenyan office and run it remotely from Cape Town will now make re-entry into the local market with a team at Jumia Travel which counts Kenya and Nigeria as its largest markets.
Three weeks ago, Travelstart.co.za launched an online bus booking platform to help customers save time and money by comparing bus tickets from competing companies and serving the cheapest fare for a return or one-way route within South Africa, or to neighbouring countries.