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Jovago unveils Swahili website

13 November 2015, 11:41 Biko Rading

Nairobi - Africa’s number 1 hotel booking website, Jovago.com has hit a new milestone by launching the Swahili language version of their website.

They have just announced yet a new and unique feature through incorporation of Kiswahili language on its website.

The move is in alignment with the company’s objective in creating online convenience through easy and faster bookings. The adoption of the region’s lingua franca on the platform will offer over a 150 million Swahili speaking people with a user-friendly process.

The popularity of Swahili as a second language continues to increase supported by factors such as incorporation of the subject in school systems, media influence, regional commerce as well as growing numbers in immigration and overseas travel.

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Commenting on the development, Cyrus Onyiego, country manager for Jovago-Kenya said: “The inclusion of local languages on the website actively supports a multicultural community in the region while reinforcing the company’s efforts in meeting the customer’s needs.”

He added that breaking language barriers is key in promoting both business and leisure in travel across the continent.

Jovago.com was originally created in English and French languages, with a demand for a more inclusive and accessible interface leading to the addition of three major Nigerian languages (Hausa, Ibo, Yoruba) thus granting a significant fraction of Africa’s most populous nation all-round access to the Jovago platform.

These available translations are supported by the provision of customer support in local languages.

With the Swahili option now made available on the website, Africans native to Tanzania, Kenya, Burundi, Rwanda and Uganda amongst others can access Jovago services in their local languages.

In this bid to expand the reach on Africa and boost customer relations, plans are being made to include the Amharic language which is a major language of Africa’s 2nd most populous country - Ethiopia.

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