Travel sector responds to new wave of digital nomads
- Impala paves way for new OTAs dedicated to servicing this sector
With cities and countries now funneling budget into targeting digital nomads, the travel sector has responded at rapid pace with new OTAs such as RemoteDream coming to market thanks to new travel technology, provided by Impala.
Research by MBO shows that 15.5 million digital nomads now exist, increasing by 112% since 2019.
RemoteDream is a new travel company that enables digital nomads (or remote workers) to find and book the best remote work spots based on their requirements with search functions such as time zone, temperature or specific hobbies, and property descriptions outlining elements such as co-working spaces, or networking and social events.
Co-founder Joeri Nanov, says, “The idea came about based on my own experience as a remote worker – I was on a cycling trip but needed to fit my work around it. When I tried to book accommodation via the normal channels, I became frustrated with the process. These platforms just didn’t provide the information I needed about the accommodation facilities.”
Thanks to Impala’s hotel inventory, we now sell 300 locations across the world, offering over 40,000 beds in 25 countries.
The speed in which RemoteDream was able to go to market was thanks to travel technology platform, Impala; a booking API which seamlessly connects room sellers and hotels so they can work together directly. Room sellers can access the technology and inventory they need to build new, differentiated products without any integration costs whilst accommodation providers can quickly gain access to new markets.
“Thanks to Impala’s hotel inventory, we now sell 300 locations across the world, offering over 40,000 beds in 25 countries; all of which offer something valuable for the remote worker. Impala’s open distribution has allowed us to partner with different accommodations and negotiate rates and terms easily.” says Nanov. He claims that 34% of the digital nomad market is casual, made up of those wanting to combine a holiday with a period of remote work. Their booking data indicates that most of RemoteDream’s customers book stays for between two and four weeks, with the majority searching for a community hub where they can work, relax and network with likeminded people.
Caroline Hudack, Chief Marketing Officer at Impala, says, “It is great to see how our technology is championing travel start-ups that are responding to new trends. The post-pandemic world has seen a dramatic shift in the way that we work and travel, and technology needs to adapt and respond to these shifts. RemoteDream is helping to solve problems for a new age of remote workers, enabling them to travel according to their personal needs. Impala’s open distribution category allows RemoteDream to connect easily with accommodation partners to negotiate their terms directly whilst at the same time opening up valuable new customer streams for many of our accommodation partners.”
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