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HotelOnline Opens in Nigeria After Merger with Savanna Sunrise

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African hotels gain a much stronger business partner as Savanna Sunrise Ltd. and Hotel Online Sp. z.o.o complete their merger.

The company will operate under the name HotelOnline from now on.

The merger brings together extensive market presence with a unique technological and business solution tailored to the needs of hotels in African markets.

The offer includes: a ridiculously simple reservations management tool enabling hotels to monetize on online channels; distribution to more than 100 local and global online channels; free hotel website, with booking engine, live chat and online payment solutions as well as 24/7 multilingual customer service.

Håvar Bauck, executive chairman of HotelOnline said: “These are truly exciting times!  With the merger process behind us, we are a stronger and more vibrant company than ever, with an amazing team.  We are already making aggressive inroads into the Nigerian market, as we plan for continent-wide expansion over the next 24 months.  Our ambition is inherently global, though. Beyond Africa, there is South America, the Caribbean, the Middle East, Central Asia and South East Asia. Watch this space!”

The combination puts HotelOnline at the forefront of online hospitality solutions industry in Africa, active in DR Congo, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Madagascar, Malawi, Namibia, Nigeria, South Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda, Zimbabwe.

The company put forward a plan of a rapid acquisition of new markets in Africa in the next couple of years. As part of an aggressive expansion strategy into West Africa, the company also announces the opening of a new Lagos office, with Alexandrial Allen, former Head of Sales in Jovago, joining as the Country Manager.

“With more than 500 hotels in Nigeria already using HotelOnline platform we have a head start as we enter the biggest market on the African continent.  Nigeria is an important market for us, as we aim to bring thousands of hotels into the era of online marketing, strengthening our partners in their competition with global hotel chains” – said Maciej Prostak, EVP Operations.

 HotelOnline, with offices in Nairobi, Kampala, Lagos, Warsaw, Dubai and Oslo, becomes a game changing online booking solution for hotels in emerging markets.

Endre Opdal, CEO of HotelOnline is excited as the company turns an important page: “With the merger complete, we are now in a position to focus on growth and aggressive expansion over the next couple of months, before doing a full Series A funding round towards the end of the year”.

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TD Africa Inks Distribution Agreement with Vertiv

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Technology Distributions Ltd, Sub-Saharan Africa’s biggest Information and Communications Technology (ICT) distributors and Vertiv, an American multinational corporation on yesterday announced their partnership to distribute Vertiv solutions in Nigeria.

 

Speaking at the official launch of the partnership, Wojtek Piorko, Director,Sales Middle East and Africa, Vertiv, Said that, the reason they choose Technology Distributions (TD) is because they are very experienced in IT channel distribution.

 

He explained that they in Vertiv intend to work with TD not only in Nigeria but in other countries in Africa.

 

He said, “Today’s event is to work with our local partners to grow their business, especially in channel business.

 

“We need very experienced partners that have wide audience and many resellers to sale to, and that’s why we have chosen Technology Distributions, they are our IT channel distributor and we work with them not only in Nigeria but in other countries of the region.

 

“Technology Distributions have wide reach of the market, we have great product but we also understand each other very well, we communicate where necessary, he said.

 

He noted that, Vertiv Products have been in Nigeria for the past 20 years delivering top quality products to its customers.

 

“We’ve been in Nigerian market for the past 20 years, is not like we are completely new, although Vertiv brand name is new to the market but all critical product lines that we offer you are products that were already in the market delivered by Emerson Electric, but now Vertiv brand is with completely new opening, new team, new structure that is dedicated to this specific market.

 

 

Stanley Okpalaeke, Group Executive Director, Technology Distributions (TD) said that TD’s major strategy in this partnership is to build deeper relationship with its partners, to seek how they at TD will help grow their businesses, adding that, if they are able to grow their partner businesses, their business will grow also.

 

“Our major strategy is our partners; we want to build deeper relationship with our partners.

 

“We are seeking how TD will help you grow your businesses because if you grow, we will grow too,” he said.

 

He explained that their partner ecosystem cut across all Africa, adding that they also have major hubs in Dubai and UK.

 

He added that, they have at every point in time N12 billion worth of stocks to cater for their customers’ needs.

 

“At every point in time we have N12 billion worth of stocks, the reason is because we do not want to disappoint our partners,” he stated.

 

Speaking earlier, Mrs. Chioma Chimere; Managing Director, Operations, Technology Distributions, said that Vertiv have come to help Nigerians solve the challenges we face with power with their range of high end UPS solutions.

 

She noted that, even the power we have now is not clean and that is why Vertiv is here to give us maximum protection.

 

TD is the first manufacturer-accredited local distributor for the sub-region, TD, with the support of the OEMs, successfully confronted the myriad challenges posed by the hitherto unstructured market.

 

Among the first measures they embarked on was the formulation of a clear policy on the channel of distribution that led to the adoption of the prevailing four-tier market structure comprising Manufacturer (OEM), Distributor, Reseller and End-User.

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Publiseer, Nigerian Digital Publishing Startup Reports Profitability

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Publiseer, Nigerian digital publisher has reported a profit for its first quarter in 2018, adding over 200 new releases in the past 30 days.

 

The company posts a first-quarter profit of $10,877.58, comfortably ahead of its expectations. Following the profits, Publiseer has launched its ‘Premium Distribution Service’ that will distribute books and songs for an upfront fee, allowing its authors and musical artists to keep 100% of their earnings.

 

Nevertheless, old and new clients can still use its ‘Freemium Distribution Service’ that gives Publiseer a 25% commission on sales.

 

It’s taken just 8 months for Publiseer to become a money-maker. The digital publishing company reported its first profitable quarter today, driven by a 20% rise in submissions and a faster reputation growth overseas.

 

Publiseer has thrived since its launch in August 2017, and traction has grown drastically. Since its international popularity is growing exponentially, the company is making moves to expand its services outside of Nigeria.

 

In response to this, Publiseer has distributed the works of Canadian Youtuber Heidi Shai, American Jazz musician Ragtime Joe, and Missouri producer ANB Beats.

 

In Africa, Publiseer has distributed the books of  Cameroonian writer Juan Gutied and Zimbabwean author Godfrey Masanga.

 

As of writing, Publiseer has distributed 92 books and 374 tracks by 73 authors and 154 artists, having received over 1,000 submissions since August 2017.

 

Chidi Nwaogu, Publiseer’s CEO said: “Starting Publiseer, we weren’t focused on profitability as an early-stage company, rather, we were focused on customer satisfaction and retention. But at the beginning of the first quarter of this year, submissions doubled and thus our releases too. It’s good building something that meets a growing need, and which eventually makes lots of money.”

 

Publiseer is a digital publishing platform for unsigned and independent writers and musicians with low-income or from low-income families.

 

However, the platform is open to well-established authors and musicians looking for new avenues to distribute and monetize their creative works on the World Wide Web.

 

Publiseer has distributed the works of A-list Nigerian artists like CDQ, Klever Jay, Erigga, and DJ Jozenga of RayPower FM.

 

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FG to Partner Cuba on Science & Technology

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The Minister of Science and Technology, Dr. Ogbonnaya Onu, said on Thursday the Federal Government would be partnering with the Republic of Cuba on science and technology.

Onu said he would visit Cuba with his team to ensure Nigeria benefits from its relationship with the Caribbean nation.

The minister stated these when the Cuban Ambassador to Nigeria, Carlos Sosa visited him in Abuja.

He said Nigeria can no longer depend on foreign commodities but would begin to use its resources for the production of what it needs.

His words: “Nigeria appreciates the Republic of Cuba for its contributions particularly in the health care system. We believe that the relationship between Nigeria and Cuba will continue to grow.

“Cuba has used its vast technology in developing vaccines that helps in the prevention of diseases and Nigeria looks forward to partnering with Cuba on the development of our science and technology sector.

“I and my team will soon visit Cuba to make sure we strengthen our relationship with Cuba. Nigeria can no longer depend on just imported commodities but will use its resources for local production.”

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