Eight years ago Afristay teamed up with 1-grid to create a website that has changed the face of online travel booking. Afristay offers individuals, couples, and groups their dream place(s) to stay when looking to explore, tour or go on vacation. Afristay offers a booking system that provides a seamless experience from booking to arrival and departure. The website not only supports local holidaymakers looking for their next getaway but also local accommodation providers in various locations.
Why the need for going digital?
When Afristay decided to re-launch in 2014 with Rupert Bryant at the helm, the business took a new direction and grew its brand awareness and customer base substantially. Once an inquiry-only portal, the website, and the brand took flight with the addition of direct online bookings for accommodation across Southern Africa. With secure, hassle-free online bookings, more customers were able to find and book their dream holidays much faster. Customer experience improved and the platform became a strong competitor in the market. But with enhanced capabilities and increased traffic, Afristay needed a server hosting provider that could offer optimal performance and guaranteed uptime at an affordable rate. That is where 1-grid came in. With the help of 1-grid, they launched their new website in 2014. By making use of our world-class hosting service and support they were able to establish themselves as leaders in the industry.
Hosting that grows with you
Rupert Bryant was the co-founder of Web Africa. Gridhost’s web hosting division emerged from Web Africa in 2013 and re-branded to 1-grid. When Rupert had left this transition had just occurred.
When asked why Bryant decided to opt for 1-grid he stated:
“After looking at comparative offerings, we made a substantial saving of more or less R28k per month by selecting 1-grid as our provider. Furthermore, the specs on the 1-grid servers are at the top of the range in SA and their infrastructure has been proven to support over 1 million visitors per month.”
1-grid hosting offers so much more than just website hosting. You can find something for all your business needs on our website. Whether it is smaller packages to accommodate your start-up or all the way to hyper scaler servers for applications and bespoke needs. Other products include, website security solutions like an SSL certificate, VPN, or setting up a pro email account, whatever you require, 1-grid has you covered.
How has online booking contributed to their success?
Afristay continues to grow fast and as of 2015, in less than 1 year since its re-launch, the website traffic has doubled and has over 20,000 listings and 10,000 reviews, across 2,000 unique African locations, and counting. Since then Afristay has constantly expanded and currently, in 2022 they offer 30,000 listings in 2,000 locations.
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