Booking a holiday package is a frustrating task for most travellers with no one point shop where options can be compared across multiple tour operators with an assurance on delivery. Travel websites, Tripadvisor, Just Dial, News Paper advertisements, friendly neighbourhood travel agent – it’s a bewildering maze.

The hundreds of Travel agents and destination management companies have similar problems of getting to the right customers with online travel agencies (OTAs) and the big tour operators ruling the roost. So while they may offer better products at better prices, they cannot reach customers given the cost and complexity of navigating the internet search world.

TripShelf is an online marketplace for leisure travellers to discover, compare & buy the best holiday packages from unlimited tour operators. It stands out for its simplicity of concept yet universal applicability for holiday travellers. TripShelf will have comprehensive listing from (unlimited)  tour operators for national and international destinations. Users can conveniently compare packages across relevant parameters – price, hotel category, inclusions etc. and book their perfect holiday!

The startup has raised pre-series A round of funding from Delhi based GEMS group. GEMs is an early stage, sector agnostic fund servicing companies that are Customer Centric and leverage technology as a scale multiplying factor for delivering high shareholder value. GEMs believes in mitigating risk factors, associated with its investment strategy, through involved investment of time and vertical expertise, with its portfolio companies.

Aditya Gupta, Managing Partner of GEMs said, “TripShelf provides access, ease and simplicity to today's leisure traveller. It offers a highly innovative and  scalable marketplace oriented business model fulfilling a major gap that exists in the market today. In today's complex world, ease coupled with choice for the consumer, is essential."

GEMS have invested $250,000 at an undisclosed valuation. This money will be used to establish traction with the customer and travel operator community.

Founded by Jai Raj Gupta, Dhruv Gupta and Sukhmani Singh in April 2016, TripShelf aims to be the first point of contact for anyone planning a holiday.

The addressable market for leisure travel packages in India is greater than $4 billion. TripShelf’s unique and scalable business model gives it an edge over its competitors in the booming holiday packages space in the Indian and international traveller markets.

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