Holidays. It’s the one thing that all of us look forward to in our busy lives. Whether its a public holiday or a weekend getaway, planning for trips can sometimes be a tedious task. Accommodation tends to be a problem more often than not. But in recent times the process has become quite convenient. Online booking looks to be a popular option these days, and the trend only seems to be growing. So we decided to take a look at some of the options available to us local trip planners.
When you look up places online to accommodate your stay, booking.com is usually the first place you would look at. Why? Options. The site is well known to provide budget places at relatively cheap prices. Of course you could always book your favourite hotel via booking.com. But if you plan on heading out of the commercial areas, this would be your best bet to find a decent place at a very decent price.
As in most cases in the online world, bookings available on the site comes with user ratings. Personally, I’m not the one to be fixated on ratings much. But with Booking.com it’s always advisable to pay attention to the ratings and what reviewers have to say about the particular place. In the case of getting a place outside of Colombo, chances are you could easily book a decent room for 1 night at Rs.2000 – 3000 price range.
In case you’re wondering, this has no connection to the above entry. One thing you would notice here is that it appears to promote its top travel destinations and the many discount offers on hotel bookings. Additionally, the site also briefs on different tourist attractions and other places of interest available throughout the country. So, if you’re a visitor who’s stuck with planning your itinerary, this would no doubt help. 10 points for visually appealing content.
With regards to making reservations, the website offers options to pay online or pay by cash depending on where you made the reservation. The site offers from youth hostels and guest houses, to hotels and resorts. But options remain more or less the same, if not better to that of booking.com.Also, do be cautious when looking up bookings.lk. If you type booking.lk by mistake you’ll be redirected to Booking.com.
Yoho Bed is a new player in the local online booking market. Reservations made via Yoho Bed, are from what they call “premium budget hotels”. These would vary between hostels, guest houses, villas, hotels, apartments and bungalows. The rates are a tad bit on the expensive side. You could still probably catch a good spot for the usual Rs. 2,000 – 3,000 rate. But only if you get lucky though.
As of now, Yoho Bed primarily operates in the following areas.
So chances are your options might be somewhat limited here. However Yoho Bed makes one promise to customers. Every room would feature, air conditioning, breakfast, free Wi-Fi, spotless linen, and most importantly, clean washrooms. Definitely not a bad bargain there.
Serving over 65,000 cities in over 190 countries all around the globe, Airbnb is the biggest player in the global market for room rentals. Even in Sri Lanka, Airbnb seems to be gaining popularity. As for the pricing, the rates are a bit on the cheaper side. But this can still vary from as low as Rs.1,500 to as high as Rs.70,000.
The booking process itself is pretty much the same as the previous options. But Airbnb does offer a few additional nitty gritties though. For instance, it lets you know whether a particular host is Airbnb verified. Never hurts to have that extra bit of sense of security when you’re booking online.
Similar to Yoho Bed, Vista Rooms also makes a promise to customers. Every room would by default include air conditioning, breakfast, free Wi-Fi, spotless linen and clean washrooms (TV is not guaranteed though). One unique feature you would find on the platform is that it tells you how far the hotel is with either a bus, train or air flight.
Apart from the usual booking process, Vista Rooms has a blog that covers things such as travel tips, smart travel hacks and the like. This may not be a massive factor when you actually want to book a place. Nevertheless, this would still add value to the prospective traveler, particularly if you’ve undecided on your itinerary. You can check out our review on Vista Rooms we did about an year back, here.
Well it’s hard to call out a clear winner exactly. Each of the above has its own advantages and disadvantages. It all depends on your requirements as well as preferences. For example, while bookings.lk doesn’t have a dedicated mobile app, all other options do. This could be quite a deal breaker for if you’re always used to being on the go.
But what about the rates? Surely one of the platforms would have an edge over the others? Again, depends on what you’re looking at. If your requirement is to find a decent place while making a trip, probably Booking.com would offer better budget options. On the other hand, if luxury is important then you might have a better chance at Yoho Bed.
Of course you might share a different opinion to those I’ve mentioned here. Perhaps you might have experienced something a little more different. So let us know your thoughts and comments. We’d love to hear them.
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Seedstars, a global organization based in Switzerland promotes, connects and invests up to $1 million USD in emerging market startups through their exclusive startup competition held in over 60 countries.
Seedstars, a global organization based in Switzerland promotes, connects and invests up to $1 million USD in emerging market startups through their exclusive startup competition held in over 60 countries. Last year, we saw Seedstars come to Sri Lanka for the first time. LayUp was selected as the winner of the first Seedstars Colombo, which was held last year. LayUp then went onto represent Sri Lanka as a finalist at Seedstars Global. Eight startups will be competing at SeedStars Colombo 2017.
The winning startup will receive an all-expenses paid trip to both the Seedstars Asia Regional Summit in Bangkok. They’ll also win a trip to Switzerland to compete at the Seedstars Global Summit for equity investments of up to USD 1 million, and to meet with international mentors and investors.
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MAS Innovation Center
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Startup weekend-Trincomalee Beach Calling entrepreneurs, Growth Hackers, Dreamers, Rain Makers and Startup Catalysts to change the world in 54 hours! Bring your creativity and skills and Join Startup Weekend Trincomalee
Startup weekend-Trincomalee Beach
Calling entrepreneurs, Growth Hackers, Dreamers, Rain Makers and Startup Catalysts to change the world in 54 hours! Bring your creativity and skills and Join Startup Weekend Trincomalee ,Friday 27th to Sunday 29st Octon,2017 at Trinco beach hotel, Trinco
What’s Startup Weekend, Anyway?
Startup Weekend is a global phenomenon – 54 hours of fast and furious prototype development through to exploring potential markets and pitching. It’s an unparalleled opportunity to build lasting relationships with co-founders; mentors, and investors.The real value comes from taking an idea from concept through to execution using Lean tactics and working under high pressure with the best startups.
Google for Entrepreneurs is the global partner for Techstars Startup Weekend Program, including Startup Weekend, Startup Next and Startup Digest. Google is a sponsor of Techstars Accelerator Programs. Techstars collaborates with the Google for Entrepreneurs campuses across the globe to support engagement with entrepreneurs everywhere.
What You Can Do?
In short, Startup Weekend shapes the lives of many people as a starting point as entrepreneurs and startup enthusiasts. Ultimately, it’s an amazing spring board to get started on something (a new business, career at a startup or great relationships).
Come pitch, join a team, iron out your business model, and build away! In just 54 hours teams will come together to create startups from scratch and learn about entrepreneurship in a hands-on and meaningful way. Developers, designers, business experts, and makers will come to build prototypes and launch startups that use hardware or software to interconnect us all and change the world.
WHO GOES TO STARTUP WEEKENDS?
Experienced business people or budding entrepreneurs, Creative designers, Coders, growth hackers who are looking for new ideas and wanting to challenge their skills – Startup Weekends are a fun and exciting way to to upskill and test yourself in the world of startups
WHAT DO YOU DO AT A STARTUP WEEKEND?
Starting from 6.30 PM on Friday registration will be done, Welcome speech, Dinner, Startup pitches ideas chosen and lasting teams formed. By late Friday night you’ll be on your way with goals set and roles assigned.
Saturday is all about validation – contacting potential customers and checking out if there is really a market for your idea – and reacting fast if you need to change. Meanwhile if you’re a developer or a designer you’ll be furiously building the product.
Sunday is about making it work and preparing for the final pitch to a panel of carefully chosen judges. Throughout the process mentors from all backgrounds will be on hand. (link to timetable)
WHAT HAPPENS AFTER
Celebrate! We’ll put in place a follow up event, and there will be other opportunities, including our Co-Starters program.
What is the benefit of attending Startup Weekend ?
Startup Weekends are all about learning through the act of creating. Don’t just listen to theory, build your own strategy and test it as you go. It’s like an MBA in a weekend.
2) Build your network:
This isn’t just a happy-hour. Startup Weekend attracts your community’s best makers and do-ers. By spending a weekend working to build scalable companies that solve real-world problems, you will build long-lasting relationships and possibly walk away with a job or a even an investor.
3) Co-Founder Dating:
We all know it’s not just about the idea – it’s about the team. Startup Weekend is hands down the best way to to find someone you can actually launch a startup with.
4) Learn a new skill:
Step outside of your comfort zone. With a whole weekend dedicated to letting your creative juices flow, Startup Weekends are prefect opportunities to work on a new platform, learn a new programming language, or just try something different.
5) Actually launch a business:
Over 36% of Startup Weekend startups are still going strong after 3 months. Roughly 80% of participants plan on continuing working with their team or startup after the weekend.
6) Get face time with thought leaders:
Local tech and startup leaders participate in Startup Weekends as mentors and judges. Get some one-on-one time with the movers and shakers in your community.
7) Save money & get stuff:
Startup Weekends cost $40 (less for students). Your ticket covers seven meals, snack, access to exclusive resources our global sponsors, and all the coffee you can drink.
8) Join a global community:
Join over 30,000 Startup Weekend alumni, all on a mission to change the world.
Facilities for the Attendees?
Mentors : Whether it’s growth, design, or prototype,you’ll find a mentor who can help
Free WIFI: You will Get Free WIFI Access from our Telecom Partner
Meals : Morning Refreshment Plus Lunch and Dinner
Community Perks and Discounts : Take advantage of perks and discounts offered to all Startup Weekend participants from the Global sponsors.
Much More: Whatever you are building, our sponsors and community have put together some fantastic resources to help you build your idea.
october 27 (Friday) - 29 (Sunday)
Trinco Beach Hotel
326,Dyke Street, Trincomalee