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Sabeer Bhatia relaunches Arzoo.Com

'Arzoo.Com' was launched in 1999, but the company could not withstand the dot-com bubble burst.

india Updated: Oct 05, 2006 19:28 IST
Press Trust of India
Press Trust of India

Hotmail co-founder Sabeer Bhatia on Thursday relaunched the travel website 'arzoo.Com' that could not survive the dot-com bubble half-a-decade ago.

The travel portal offers domestic and international flight tickets booking andhotel reservations.

Bhatia, who is the president and chief executive officer of 'arzoo.Com', did not give away the investment details. Bhatia said he has invested a "few million dollars" for the relaunch of the site.

'Arzoo.Com' was launched in 1999, but the company could not withstand the dot-com bubble burst that followed in 2001. "We lost lots of money in a short time and did not get back the returns as we had expected," Bhatia pointed out.

Besides the Internet, customers can book their tickets through a toll free number or send an SMS.

As the penetration level of the Internet is less, Bhatia said, customers can opt for either the SMS or the toll-free number to book their requirements.

Bhatia is confident that this time around his relaunch vehicle would be sustainable. Giving out statistics, he said about 15 million passengers travel by train in India daily. Of them, three million have the ability to fly every day.

Arzoo.Com has entered into tie-ups with airlines and hotels. Bhatia promised that the rates offered in his website are comparatively lesser than the competitors.

First Published: Oct 05, 2006 19:24 IST