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Guest experience platform Xperium grows despite pandemic, looks to double portfolio by end-2022

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Since the launch of its guest experience management platform Xperium in 2018, India-based RepUp has seen its portfolio grow to nearly 30,000 rooms across South-east Asia, South Asia, the Middle East, and the US.

Xperium leverages AI to deliver analytics and automation that drive revenue, increase guest satisfaction and streamline operations for hospitality businesses.

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The company plans to add another 30,000 rooms to its Xperium platform by end-2022: Prashar

Unlike most similar products on the market that only have transactional data about the guest, Xperium provides data such as the number of visits, average spend, average feedback score, online reviews, and more.

This data, along with the company’s in-house machine learning models, enable hotels to personalise guest experience based on purchase behaviour, past visits, feedback and guest preferences. This allows hotels to maximise revenue per guest through upselling and to offer relevant offers that have higher conversion rates through targeted omnichannel marketing.

“We have seen three to seven per cent additional revenue generated for our clients as a result of targeted marketing campaigns, upsells and direct bookings,” said Pranjal Prashar, CEO and co-founder at RepUp.

“Hotels use our solution in many ways, from highly specific campaigns like sending a freebie to guests on their fifth visit to simple upsells like room upgrades, spa packages, etc. Hotels have also been using the platform for remarketing to past guests or selling use-later vouchers during the Covid-19 pandemic.”

Many of the company’s hotel clients used the platform to promote staycation/daycation packages, F&B offerings to customers within driving distance, and spa packages during the pandemic, shared Prashar.

And, despite the pandemic, the company expects to double its portfolio by the end of next year.

“We have a very healthy sales pipeline in these markets because of new partnerships and integrations built during the pandemic, and we expect to add another 30,000 rooms by the end of 2022,” said Prashar.

“In 2022, the markets of US, Middle East and South-east Asia are going to bring in an additional 15,000 rooms, whereas 10,000 are going to come from previously churned customers that stopped subscription due to the pandemic.”

He added the company has partnered with Guesty and a few other platforms to venture into a new vertical – vacation rentals, which is expected to contribute another 5,000 rooms.

Creating multiple local PMS partnerships is key to growing the company’s business since a lot of hotels prefer to use regional PMS players, explained Prashar.

During the pandemic, the company integrated with many PMS and strengthened its partnerships in target markets with key players, including Oracle, WINHMS, IDS, Cloudbeds and Hotelogix.

RepUp was among nine companies picked to be the pioneer cohort of the Singapore Tourism Accelerator, launched in October 2019 by the Singapore Tourism Board. The company’s participation in the programme pushed it to expand to other industry verticals, revealed Prashar.

“We opened up a new vertical dedicated to covering attractions, and the Singapore Tourism Board was a key part of this initiative. Customer experience and reputation is a larger problem for not just hospitality, but any customer facing brand,” he said, adding that the company has also ventured into the luxury retail segment which it is “highly optimistic” about.

Prashar said he is “cautiously optimistic” about the hospitality sector’s recovery, and has plans to strengthen the company’s presence across the globe over time.

He noted that the markets in which Xperium has a presence in are starting to see a pick-up in activity, and that global hotel occupancy has reached 60 per cent, almost double the occupancy figures in 2020 – which, though far from 2019 numbers, are “a big improvement”.

“Our direct focus is going to be in the Middle East, Africa and South-east Asian markets because we have a good presence there and the growth opportunity is immense. We are also expanding in the US through a partnership model with existing players in micro markets,” he said.

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