KSA, 18 November 2021: Almosafer, the Kingdom’s leading omni-channel travel brand, today announced the launch of a marketplace for Alternative Accommodations, a new domestic tourism offering which has been fully licensed by the Ministry of Tourism and that allows for customers to book private chalets, istirahas and more accommodation options through the brand’s omni-channel platform.

Pioneering the way to provide seamless booking services for those looking to spend quality time with friends and family at properties that provide the perfect accommodation for all occasions and events, Almosafer’s draws on the brand’s vast experience and innovation in the travel and tourism sector, whilst providing a seamless, safe and easy-to-use digital experience for both hosts and travellers respectively through dedicated digital platforms.

Set to become the leading digital marketplace for Alternative Accommodation with the largest variety of properties in the Kingdom, Almosafer’s new marketplace provides access to over 1,000 units available to book in Riyadh and Jeddah by end of year. Further expansion is planned in 2022 with a target of over 5000 units including properties in unique destinations such as AlUla and other regions of the Kingdom, to allow guests from anywhere in KSA to search and book the perfect chalet, farm, istirahah or camp for their gathering quickly and seamlessly.

Through the Chalets+ platform available on Almosafer app and web, guests can explore the inventory of chalets, farms, camps and istirahas available in the Kingdom through a hyper-realistic 3D video tour of each property. They can also amend or cancel bookings, and pay online with confidence through Almosafer’s secure and convenient payment channels, or book via WhatsApp, call centre or in branch with the support of Almosafer’s dedicated travel advisors.

With the new marketplace, Almosafer is further supporting SMEs in the Kingdom by providing them with a platform to promote and manage inventory, offering an opportunity to reach the Almosafer audience in a convenient and cost-efficient way. With numerous benefits for property managers and owners, Almosafer offers a dedicated Host app and account manager to provide a one-stop-shop to manage their properties. Via the Almosafer Host app, hosts can set prices, have full visibility of bookings, and easily manage multiple properties and payments all in one place through an easy-to-use interface.

Muzzammil Ahussain, EVP at Almosafer, "Almosafer is the largest tourism platform in KSA, dedicated to driving Vision 2030 and propelling the recovery of tourism in Saudi Arabia. It was, therefore, a natural expansion of our domestic tourism portfolio to launch Chalets+ to meet customer demand for Alternative Accommodation needs, particularly in light of growing demand for secluded domestic destinations post pandemic. Through leveraging our market-leading technology to digitize all aspects of bookings, Almosafer is again pioneering the way to provide seamless services for consumers and hosts alike." 

Almosafer’s dedicated team of experienced travel advisors provide a holistic customer support system offering 24/7 assistance, valuable insights, safety consultation, guidance, and reassurance throughout the omnichannel booking experience. This includes travel recommendations regarding travel requirements, destinations safety, airline operations and precautionary measures to take into consideration when travelling internationally.

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