The rise of the internet over the past two decades has had many impacts on global culture and commerce, with the travel industry one of the first to see the potential in the online world. Among the pioneers in the field has been Asia-based Agoda.com, today one of the world’s fastest-growing online hotel booking platforms.
Robert Rosenstein and his friend Michael Kenny cofounded Agoda 15 years ago in Phuket and worked through growth, downturn and acquisition. Mr Rosenstein now leads the Singapore-based company as CEO, overseeing 1,300 employees representing more than 20 countries.
“We wanted to create a global site that would have the scale to deliver better deals for all kinds of customers — those who book in advance or who book at the last minute. Because that is such an attractive opportunity for hotels, they were willing to give us pretty good rates,” explains Mr Rosenstein.
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