INNOVATORS VS COVID 19
The Journey Begins Here
We talked to Alexandros Dedoukos of Travelo.gr on how to get useful travel articles and amazing travel guides that inspire travelling and this is what he had to say.
First of all, how are you and your family doing in these COVID-19 times?
Alexandros Dedoukos: Hello. We are all good, remain at home, and follow the guidelines by experts. We are all expecting this to come to in the end, soon!
Tell us about you, your career, how you founded Travelo.gr
Alexandros Dedoukos: I’m an entrepreneur and self-employed since the age of 16, having many companies in different industries like Travel, tourist, wholesale equipment, web hosting & design, and more. Travelo.gr started its operation around five years ago, and now it’s a leader in air tickets and travel services in Greece and not only. There is a significant gap in airline tourism in Greece, meaning that there aren’t any big brands that issue air tickets or offer quality travel services. Travelo offers the lowest possible offers in air tickets for their visitors and customers.
How does Travelo.gr innovate?
Alexandros Dedoukos: We always try to offer our customers the best possible rate but not only this! We aim to offer a complete travel experience – from the air ticket booking up to the local experiences that can do in the place that he visits! We are also constructing an innovative air ticket platform online in around 9-12 months.
How the coronavirus pandemic affects your business, and how are you coping?
Alexandros Dedoukos: Coronavirus, as you know, has affected most of the travel industry. We do this to prepare our plans for next year as we hope the situation will be way better than this year.
Did you have to make difficult choices, and what are the lessons learned?
Alexandros Dedoukos: The lessons that we learned from this pandemic are many. At first, as an entrepreneur, it is to not have business only in one industry. If you want to be a successful entrepreneur, your business must allocate to many and different industries.
How do you deal with stress and anxiety?
Alexandros Dedoukos: Stress and anxiety are a part of the daily routine! I try to deal with it while running or rowing and also playing with my baby!
Who are your competitors? And how do you plan to stay in the game?
Alexandros Dedoukos: Our competitors about Travelo.gr are all the OTA and travel agents in Greece and not only. The good for us -and the bad for the industry- is that most OTA is outdated. What do I mean? They didn’t innovate or update their services for years! We try to earn from the gap as we are quite a new company (under five years) in a harsh industry.
Your final thoughts?
Alexandros Dedoukos: At first, I would like to wish health to all the people out there. After all, try your best in your business and think positive. Innovate in your industry and diversify your portfolio to maximize your earnings and decrease your risk if something doesn’t go well.
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