Sherif, Can you please tell us a bit about yourself personally and professionally?
Born in Cairo Egypt with a parent being a Consultant for the United Nations Development Program, I was exposed to a wide array of cultures. My Love for Travel and seeking new horizons made me visit and experience real life in 50 Countries. My Passion for Travel has blended with my Training as A Physician Making my Medical Practice Primarily being Travel Medicine and Infectious Diseases. I love Technology and possess a deep understanding of Travel Global Distribution systems, Application processing interfaces and Content management software all of which I utilize in the Core of my Travel Company “Tripsetc”
Imagine that you met someone in an elevator and was asked to explain Tripsetc in 30 seconds or less… Can you give us a 2 sentence ‘elevator pitch’ about your business and what you do?
Tripsetc Travel Company is a Travel Portal for Bookings, Tickets and Activities with an impressive inventory and is pretty heavy on Technology. What sets us apart from all other Online Travel Agencies is our emphasis on Medical Tourism and Travel Medical Insurance.
How did you get started in this business?
My Love for Travel and frequent trips as well as being a Private Pilot I thought first of starting an online Travel agency. After sometime I saw a huge potential for incorporating Medical Tourism and Travel Medical Insurance coverage for Travelers and from that point on I decided to go ahead and put my thoughts into actions.
Can you describe your customers / what type of customers does Tripsetc have?
We are Primarily a Consumer driven company catering to individuals and groups travel needs. Recently we branched off to Business contracting particularly on the Medical Tourism aspect of the company.
What are some of your “keys to success” in building your customer base?
Transparency, Focus , Flexibility and Endurance . Catering to client expectations and Awareness of Market trends are also of outmost importance.
Is there anything about your business that you feel makes it special?
Our Strength lies in the wide Myriad of services we provide that sets us apart from our competitors.
What kind of technology advances do you see that will likely affect this sector over the coming few years?
We can see now how mobile devices and handhelds are affecting all business sectors across the board. Perhaps wearable technologies will be a gathering field for Individualized Travel experiences. This can be used in intelligent apps programing that can be built on for Marketing. These intelligent apps also can create a whole new arena for Travel Games or Experiences using Augmented Reality. Google Glass is already here!.
Where do you see your business in the next year? In the next five years? In the next ten years?
I would expect that within a year Medical Tourism would constitute a Large Portion of our activities. In Five years, I would expect that we would offer our own Brand of Charter Flights and complete our planned ticketing services including Worldwide Train and Rail Bookings. Ten Years from now we are looking to be a Multilingual Top Tier Global Travel Portal for All Things to do with Travel, including Ticketing services.