By Conor White
A new travel site is looking to make booking a vacation as easy as sending a text message. SnapTravel offers exclusive hotel deals via SMS, in an effort to get customers the hotel they want, when they want it.
"Essentially, we want to get you the best hotel, as fast as possible, and as easy as possible," CEO and co-founder Hussein Fazal told Cheddar on Wednesday.
Users simply text certain details ー where they want to visit and when ー and can receive a near-immediate reply. According to Fazal, his company uses artificial intelligence tech to ensure the response time is speedy and the recommendations appropriate.
Fazal said the SnapTravel's services are also available through other messaging platforms.
"Whether it be Facebook Messenger, WhatsApp, iMessage, we work on all those platforms," he said.
"We use some natural language-processing technology to analyze what you're saying, and get back to you right away," Fazal added.
In the last year, SnapTravel has generated $50 million in sales, a 450 percent increase since 2017. And Fazel said the company's $21 million in Series A funding will help ensure it stays on the cutting edge of the necessary tech.
SnapTravel is also getting a boost from NBA superstar Steph Curry, who is investing in the platform through his own company, SC30.
"Having him on our team just really adds that extra marketing push and promotion and legitimacy to the brand," Fazal said.
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