Amit Saberwal

Founder
RedDoorz

2021 Phocuswright Conference speaker

Amit Saberwal Founder
Amit Saberwal is the Founder and CEO, and the innovator behind RedDoorz, Southeast Asia’s largest and fastest-growing online hotel management and booking platform. Today, the Singapore-based company has grown into a regional powerhouse with operations in Indonesia, Singapore, the Philippines and Vietnam – with a vision to build the region’s leading new-generation multi-brand accommodations platform.

Amit is often perceived to be a hotelier at heart and technologist in action – having spent his early career days in notable hotels in India, namely Sarovar Hotels & Resorts, where he was Regional Sales Manager, before moving on to The Park Hotels. As the Director of Sales and Marketing at The Park Hotels, Amit led the company to a dramatic 100 per cent increase in room revenue within one year, and firmly established the boutique hotel concept in India.

He then ventured into the travel tech scene with India’s largest online travel company, MakeMyTrip.com, where he was the Chief Business Officer – Hotel and International Markets. In his role, he played a key part in the leadership team that was instrumental in shaping the company, growing it to IPO stage in three years and getting it listed on NASDAQ in 2010 with 85,000 properties globally. He was also turnkey in spearheading MakeMyTrip's largest acquisition of Thailand-based HotelTravel.com.

After two decades in the hospitality and travel tech industry, he identified an opportunity to help both the region’s emerging middle-class consumers and the struggling budget hotel owners. He combined his learnings from his beginnings as a hotelier and experience in the travel tech industry and founded RedDoorz in 2015.

Today, Amit is recognised as one of the key spokespersons in the travel tech and hospitality industry in Southeast Asia. He is often lauded for his vision for disrupting the highly-fragmented affordable hospitality segment and the burgeoning millennial population in Southeast Asia. Under his stewardship, RedDoorz properties can be found in over 200 cities across Southeast Asia and amounts to more than 2900 properties.

Amit is a Hotel Management graduate with a Post Graduate Diploma in Sales and Marketing from the National Institute for Sales, New Delhi. He also spent time at Cornell University honing his professional skills as a hotelier following that.

Sessions

Wednesday, November 17, 2021
11:00 AM – 11:20 AM EST

Executive Interview: RedDoorz

In its bid to become Southeast Asia's largest hospitality company, there’s a lot to overcome, but also huge opportunity. Can RedDoorz find rooms for all types of travelers? It’s founder explains.

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