Travelling has become, for many people, a race to gain international exposure or experiences via visiting various destinations. By making travelling our short term goal and getaway, many Malaysians aim to collect as many passport stamps and the digital photos as we can, before moving on to the next dream destination to tick off the bucket list. Anyone who has planned for travel knows the headache and extensive planning required for a smooth journey, and now the birth of Gatvel.com is here to solve your problems.
Gatvel.com is the world’s first travel website that offers travellers a full range of travelling-related services and also the first marketplace platform for the travel business industry. Travellers will be able to plan and book their flights, hotels, tours, local transportation, travel guide and things to do directly in one website - Gatvel.com.
"Our vision is to be the world’s leading travel website, so that travelling can be more affordable, accessible, and enjoyable to travellers around the world." - Gatvel.com
Started off since 2015, Gatvel.com currently has over 200 Travel Service Providers as its business partners, offering 1,000 different kinds of products and services, and constantly growing. Right now, they are offering special holiday activities in Malaysia, but in the future, they will add in more fun and informative features, and also to expand their travel platform concept into Asian countries, and later on, worldwide recognition.
In addition to a wide selection of tour packages, hotel accommodations and flight bookings for the travellers, the wanderlust will be able to share all kinds of travel guides and the destination information, so that travellers can save time while gather some fast facts and general information. The main selling point in Gatvel.com is that it offers comprehensive and best price guarantee travelling products, effective solution and smart traveller experiences. Gatvel.com tends to shape travel trends globally and create a brand new travel ecosystem, make travelling simple, easy and affordable for everyone. Furthermore, its customer service & IT support will assist you when you have any questions or inquiries.
Why Gatvel.com was created
Gatvel.com was created to solve seamless traveller’s problem. Travellers will always have an issue when it comes to travel booking. Travellers spend an average 3-4 weeks to pre-plan their holiday trip, and have to browse up to average 38 different websites just to compare the prices, or to make their hotel booking, gather information on local transport, tours, and destination guides, and so much more travelling issues.
Gatvel.com was created to help travellers to plan their holidays all under one roof. Gatvel.com can be seen as the Google Traveller version, where it offers travel features such as pre-planning, in-destination, travel info, booking and travel intelligence features. As such, travellers will be able to save time, save money, hassle-free and become efficient, quality, and intelligent travellers while planning for your holiday. Travellers no longer need to visit so many websites, or download hundreds of travel apps as they travel. All they need to do is go onto Gatvel.com and get all the travelling products and services they need.
Lawrence Koh and Joanne Tan are the founders of Gatvel.com. Both young, energetic and passionate entrepreneurs aim to uplift Gatvel.com to become the world’s most intelligent travel website. With their rich experiences in travel business and economy, strategic business expansion, they are confident that their big dream will be realistic.
How did Lawrence come up with the name ‘Gatvel’? “Because I like to travel together with my family and friends, and connect to all the travellers in the world. ‘Gat’ was originally twisted from the words ‘toGETher’ and ‘vel’ is from the words ‘travel’,” explained Lawrence. “The uniqueness of Gatvel is that we are building the next generation of travel solutions, 1 step ahead among others. Gatvel.com will evolve by itself along the way.”
In the future, Gatvel.com users can also share their reviews and travelling experiences on any products or services Gatvel.com has in its website, and also to blog about their travel experiences, as Gatvel.com allow all global travellers to stay connected using its social features. In terms of business expansion, they will add in more travelling features, ie. creating mobile app, user personal planner and the booking information, navigation, and so much more interesting and interactive features within the travel community. From the aspects of tourism business, Gatvel.com creates the marketing platform for input intelligent solutions, boost the global tourism and the resilience of economies, and also allow the Travel Service Providers to have marketing and branding exposure on their travel-related products and services.
In such way, the travellers are empowered with travelling information such as the estimated price, places to go, things to do, other user’s experience, and other relevant information.
Message From Founders
Lawrence Koh: “I started Gatvel because I found there are so many webs & apps solutions and none of them can provide me seamless and efficient travel experiences. Why do we need to download thousands of different apps when we have different travel destinations? I am creating a solution which is, not only to provide everything your travel needs, but also a travel community where travellers could connect and share their travel experiences. I want to help travellers to get affordable, real scoop and smart travel experience everywhere the travellers go. I also want to help travel operators to have this channel to explore their business into international markets. Millions of travellers rely on the authentic opinion they find at Gatvel.com and would love to hear what you have to say. If you have any new idea or comment want to share with Gatvel, please do not hesitate to write in to me anytime. Our team would like to hear from you!”
Joanne Tan: “Technology change human behaviour. In a business, if you don’t keep up with technology, it equals to “nothing”. When technology meets travel, this is how I create Gatvel, a hybrid intelligent travel solution that I am presenting to you. We know your problems and needs during your travel and we solve it for you one by one with multiple solutions, we know travel service providers’ problems and we solve it for them one by one with multiple solutions, not only that, but we will go way beyond that. We also like sharing, not sharing personal daily activity only, but we want to share the technology and the world to you. If you think that we are amazing and we are able to help you in your travel journey, do come and join our community, you will be one of it to make Gatvel a success.”
My Experience Using Gatvel.com
I personally made a travel booking on Gatvel.com and I found the interface simple and user-friendly with minimal issues. The browsing and payment process was fuss-free which made the entire process pleasant. The customer service team were quick to respond to my query and provided response in less than 24 hours. So far, I have been impressed with the Gatvel team and can't wait to share more once I go on the travel plan I have booked!