Jumia Travel Nigeria gets new MD as Kushal Dutta takes leadership

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PHOTO L-R: Wasinda Nganjiwa, Product Manager MTN; Paul Midy, CEO Jumia Travel; Kushal Dutta, Managing Director, Jumia Travel Nigeria

 

Lagos, October 23, 2015 Jovago, Africa’s largest hotel booking portal has announced Kushal Dutta as the new managing director for the company.

Kushal who served as Head of Revenue Management before his appointment received the mantle of leadership from Marek Zmyslowski at a handover ceremony held yesterday at The FourPoints Hotel, Lagos.

Speaking on the transition, Paul Midy, Chief Executive Officer of Jumia Travel said, “Kushal has made countless contributions to Jumia Travel’s success. We are positive that he is the kind of leader we need at Jumia Travel right now. In his new role as Managing Director, Kushal will continue to serve the company with his unique insights, creativity and inspiration.”

Dutta who will build on the company’s local successes and further accelerate the corporate expansion of the organisation while speaking to newsmen said, “I am delighted to lead Jumia Travel Nigeria’s operations. As a team, we are pleased to carry on the vision and continue to increase our impact as Africa’s largest hotel booking platform.”

“I clearly realize the scale of the assignment ahead and we are dedicated to expanding our portfolio within Nigeria, and around the world,” says the MD who has gained deep experience working for a wide variety of international businesses across the Africa region.

During Kushal’s tenure, Jumia Travel has raised its annual profit and revenue forecasts  by 25 percent each month on the back of positive results. Staff strength has grown to a total number of 150 in Nigeria and 500 employees across Africa and the company has also accelerated the integration of indigenous assets with the recent of launch its local language service to over 160 million people nationwide.

Celebrated as the first African company to partner with Google Hotel Ads, Jumia Travel provides a vast portfolio of 8,000 hotels in Nigeria and over 200,000 hotels around the world at the best prices possible.

 

About AIG

Africa Internet Group introduces and accelerates the online shift in Africa – for its people and its culture. It is committed to running successful and vibrant internet companies which boost the evolution of African online culture. AIG is the parent group of nine successful and fast-growing companies in more than 26 African countries, accounting for over 3,500 staff. AIG cares about entrepreneurship and brings together all the key elements required to build great companies: team, concept, technology and capital. Its network of companies includes JUMIA, Kaymu, Hellofood, Lamudi, Carmudi, Zando, Jumia Travel, Lendico and Easy Taxi.

About Jumia Travel

Jumia Travel is an online hotel booking service founded by Africa Internet Group and has MTN and Millicom as investors. Jumia Travel, Africa’s No.1 booking portal, facilitates the booking process for its users to provide them with the best hotel booking experience with fast, transparent and easy-to-use services. Jumia Travel has over 25,000 local hotel listings across Africa and over 200,000 hotels around the world.

 

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