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is the leading revenue partner for hotels in Emerging Markets. Founded in 2014, we help more than 6,000 hotels in 27 countries boost occupancy, and increase yield.

Revenue management in the digital era is an advanced science. That is why we only hire  the best resources in Africa, to help our partner hotels realize their full potential in a world where tourism has moved almost entirely online.

We Deliver Revenue Through:

Our History

In 2013, Håvar Bauck and Endre Opdal, two former college mates from BI Norwegian Business School in Norway, found themselves living in the same neighbourhood in Nairobi, a decade after graduating. Being frequent travelers, they saw an obvious gap in the market: Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) was a major aviation hub, with no budget hotels nearby. Lacking significant investable funds, they leased five budget apartments in a residential estate in Syokimau, and marketed their short-term rental concept as Nairobi Airport Hotel on and Expedia. The serviced apartments was a success, and their venture was fully booked from the first month.

At the time, few in Kenya had heard about AirBnB, and little did the Founders know that they had just pioneered a business model that was to completely disrupt the hospitality market in Kenya and East Africa.

The success of their initial side hustle inspired them to launch Savanna Sunrise, a more ambitious project, to help East African hotels with their digital marketing and e-commerce. That project became another almost instant success that grew rapidly from 25 hotel partners in 2014, to 750 in 2017. 

After a highly publicized Kenyan-Polish merger in 2017, Savanna Sunrise became what we know as HotelOnline today.

Transforming Africa's Hospitality Sector

Our operations help local hospitality businesses thrive across 27 African countries. By enabling local-owned businesses to stand out, we help drive investments and job creation in an increasingly vibrant tourism sector, while bringing out the immense diversity in the continent’s hotel industry.

In 2019, Intro Africa made the video Transforming Africa’s Hotel Industry, in cooperation with HotelOnline. The video focuses on the rise of high-quality, independent hotels across the continent, and is a great reflection of the values that HotelOnline represents.

Some of our Hotel Partners