TravClan – Expectations in 2022 from the Travel-Tech Startup Sector


TravClan is a disruptive B2B Travel Platform bringing in technology driven transformation to the US $100 billion offline travel market in India and South East Asia. The Leo Capital funded venture was established in 2018 by Arun Bagaria (co-founder), Chirag Agarwal (co-founder) and Ashish Thapliyal (co-founder and CTO). The three co-founders have extensive experience of working in key leadership roles in technology driven platforms such as Oyo, Travel Triangle and Cars24 etc and graduates of IIM Ahmedabad, IIM Bangalore.

Having previously worked in Travel industry with Tech startups, the three co-founders deeply understand the three main challenges faced by 300,000 small and medium travel agents in India. Since these travel agents operated offline, it was a major problem for them to generate leads from online channels. They were also unable to source flights tickets and hotel bookings at prices that matched with the bigger brands and find reliable on-ground suppliers to service international holidays. Another major challenge is the access to cost effective and fast payments and credit solutions. TravClan is a one-stop solution for all of these challenges and offers numerous other benefits to the users.

What started as WhatsApp groups in late 2018, rapidly gained momentum as a major B2B travel disruption in the $100 billion offline travel market. Within a short span of two years, TravClan has become a one-stop-shop for travel agents offering them support in generating leads online, creating their own website, planning holiday packages and itineraries and offering global hotel bookings as well as flight ticket sales etc.

TravClan offers a number of advantages to travel agents and helps them expedite their growth as a service provider. The company provides agents with online stores that offer instant bookings and helps them market their business on social media. It is a comprehensive B2B platform selling flights hotel and packages. The company offers Fintech solutions for the travel agents such as overseas payments, enables credit, Forex cards and insurance etc.

TravClan has become a force to reckon with in the Travel Tech space. The company has overtaken the rest of the industry on key performance and has great customer retention and is rated 4.7 on Google Playstore. Founded in October 2018 with just ten members, TravClan grew to 40 members in December 2019 with a turnover of INR 100 crore. Even after the pandemic, the company has already crossed its pre-covid revenue and is growing rapidly while working with over 500 suppliers and 10,000+ travel agents globally.

TravClan aims to bring on board over 10 million SMBs across South East Asia and Middle East and a GMV of $10 billion. Their vision is to become world’s biggest B2B travel company enabling everyone to reach their maximum potential and create value for all the stakeholders.

Arun Bagaria, Co-Founder & CEO, TravCla

Arun Bagaria is the co-founder & CEO of TravClan, a transformational B2B Travel Platform that has ushered in new benchmarks of capacity and business generation for $100 billion offline travel market in India and South East Asia. TravClan empowers travel agents by helping them generate more business by building their online presence and enables travel agents to book flights, hotels, holidays with suppliers across the world at best B2B prices. As part of the company, Arun envisages helping travel agents get the best B2B price and enable them to earn more profits transparently.

Previously Arun lead Product at Cars24 and TripFactory. One of Arun’s stellar stints was as the Associate Vice President with TravelTriangle. In this role, he spearheaded and groomed a successful team of 5 category managers. He also handled the P&L responsibilities, operations, category and supply management etc in different geographies.

As a part of the online travel business, he gained invaluable insights into the finer aspects of the business and also identified the core challenges faced by online as well as offline travel agents. Arun joined hands with former colleagues and friends Chirag Agarwal (IIT-Roorkee and IIM-Ahmedabad, and Arun’s colleague at Travel Triangle), and Ashish Thapliyal (former colleague and CTO of Cars24 and FabFurnish and a vastly experienced tech professional with more than 20 years of experience) and founded TravClan.

Arun has an MBA from IIM Bangalore and a Bachelor’s degree in Commerce from the HR College of Commerce and Economics.