Dmitryi Malakhov, co-founder of the daily apartment booking service Dobovo.com, tells the People how the lack of money and job promted him to create his own business, about necessity and mechanisms of each owner’s checking, and also about the plans of making the service international.
Now on dobovo.prom.ua you can purchase a wonderful gift – certificate to book any apartment on Dobovo.
Why Dobovo gift certificate is a good present?
- it is an extarordinary present – the impressions a person gets will last for a lifetime
- certificate can be used to book any apartment on dobovo.com – now there are more than 10 000 options
- certificate is easy to buy – there is a possibility to pay for it online
- there are certificates with different balance – from 200 up to 2000 UAH
- Dobovo certificate is valid for 365 days from the moment it was bought, so the holder can use it when it is convenient
- you will save your time significantly looking for the gift – you don’t actually need to go out of the building!
From April 16, 2016 booking center Dobovo launches new feature: now you can filter the apartments by the possibility of renting them for events/parties.
To find such apartment choose “Advanced amenities filter”, then tick “Possible to rent for an events/parties (see house rules)”. Now there appears the list of apartments with such a possibility.
Take into account that the price of the apartment chosen may vary depending on the number of guests. In this case manager will inform you about it while confirming the booking.
Dobovo became one of the partners of Analyze 2016 conference which will take place in Kyiv on April 21st, 2016. This event was dedicated to analytics for online and multi-channel projects.
Dobovo, as a partner of the conference, offers a discount for booking an apartment in Kyiv. This offer can use every conference participant.
Dobovo booking center offers convenient conditions of cooperation for the apartment owners and partners. Within the program the company offers such partnership options as referral links, vigets and co-brand. The company is always open for your ideas and offers and constantly working on improving site functions.
Dobovo Team summed up 2015 and found out the most popular cities and hot dates and compared trips in 2015 and 2014.
You can trust our data
Dobovo.com booking service apartments works in daily rentals since 2010. We are working with 2866 owners of apartments with 9620 apartments in 96 cities (90 cities in Ukraine). We analyzed the data basing on bookings from 54,882 customers.
Database users – more than 80 000 people.
The most popular choice
We analyzed all dates in 2015 and identified the most popular – up to100 bookings. They are: the May holidays, the Day of the Constitution of Ukraine, December weekends, Valentine’s Day.
The leaders in bookings amount are August, October and December 2015:
Where do Ukrainians usually travel?
Kyiv (63%), Lviv (17%) and Odessa (11%) are top cities. With a huge difference, Dnipropetrovsk and Kharkiv are following them:
How does the demand for traveling to top the cities changes during the year?
The peak is in October and December – during the major football matches, corporate and public holidays.
Popular choice – from May to September. Hot Month – August (19% of all trips).
The rising starts since August. The peak month – October.
How many nights Ukrainians usually book?
36% of customers make bookings for 1 night, 23% – for 2, 15% – for 3 nights:
More than half of tourists are couples (or just 2 people):
How does typical booking look?
Who travels in Ukraine?
81% of Dobovo users are Ukrainians.
Other 19% are:
What has changed comparing to 2014?
The ratio in top cities (Kyiv, Odessa, Lviv) has changed
- Lviv has 6% more bookings
- Kyiv has 6% less bookings
The most significant change in comparison with the 2014 is the dispersion of visitors by country.
In 2014 the top 4 was:
In 2015 there were 4% Russians from all foreign guests. (3 times less than in 2014)
Changes in other cities
More bookings in Dnipropetrovsk and Kharkiv.
Fewer bookings in Crimea – in Yalta, Sevastopol, Simferopol.
What is the average price per 1 night (Kyiv, Lviv, Odessa)?
The rental price depends on the month and demand.
In Kyiv the most expensive months are August and December. Average prices start from 569 UAH/night, begins to grow in March and the average price per night In December is 800 UAH/night:
Lviv seems to be the cheapest – minimal price is 399 UAH per night (in January), maximum price is 843 UAH per night (in December):
How did Dobovo change since 2014.
2015 was the year of domestic tourism.
Dobovo 2015 in numbers:
Due to the political environment in Ukraine in summer 2014, the top touristic and business destinations changed.
During the summer period, 1080 apartments for daily rent were listed on the website. In total there are over 7500 apartments, private houses, hotel rooms and hostels in different cities of Ukraine are offered on Dobovo.com.
In the nearest future, Dobovo is about to widen up the database of apartments in Ukraine and near-abroad countries and implement improved booking process.
Dobovo Booking Department reports that more than 6000 reservations for more than 20 000 nights were made via dobovo.com website in summer 2014. Statistics show that the most popular destinations for leisure and business travelers in summer 2014 were Odessa, Lviv, Kyiv and Kharkiv. Due to the political environment, the lowest interest was shown in the Southern and Eastern direction – Crimea, Donetsk, Dnipropetrovsk and Lugansk.
Traditionally Lviv, Kyiv and Odessa are the most attractive destinations for the business and leisure traveling in Autumn. It is related to the fact that different events such as international exhibitions, conferences and workshops take place in these cities and attract businessmen from all over the world. These cities are known for the festivals, museums and theaters that are visited all year round and Odessa and Lviv are also known for the authentic restaurants and cafe’s.
“Autumn is a great time to rest for everyone who can not effort to rest in the summer. One of the most interesting ways to spend the holiday can be traveling to the mountains. The Carpathians traditionally offers a huge variety of entertainment like camping, horse riding, or beloved by the megapolis inhabits peaceful rest in private villas with sauna’s, home-like food and sightseeing. It will also be useful to spend some time in Truskavets recreational centers or go for a weekend to one of the Ukrainian ancient cities like Beregovo, Mukachevo, Uzhhorod or Kamyanets-Podilskyi”
- recommends Valeriia Chalenko, Supervisor of Dobovo booking service.
Dobovo booking service provides daily accommodation all over Ukraine from 2010 and offers over 7000 apartments available for on-line booking. The company keeps on growing and improving the quality of service for the clients and hoteliers. The support team is available 7 days a week and is ready to assist the guests and the landlords.
Dobovo Press Service informs that there are already 9000 reviews about apartments added to the website. Only the clients who booked the apartment via the website and actually stayed there can write a review.
The customers can be sure that the information placed on the website is correct and not embellished by the hotelier taking into consideration the real reviews. The reviews can also help to get an additional information about useful things that are available in the apartment that could be missed considered to be not important by the hotelier. For example, this can be information about heating, cleanness of the hallway, availability and quality of glasses and bed appliances etc.
Dobovo service keeps on developing and gives attention to relations between clients and hosts. Every client who booked an apartment on the website is sent a request to write a review and rate the apartment after check-out. Such qualities as location, price, comfort, cleanness, general conditions of accommodation and hosts professionalism can be rated. The hoteliers in their turn can answer the review to thank or comment on an unpleasant review. All the reviews are being published on the website and can not be deleted but are attentively checked by the content manager to make sure no profanity or personal affront is published.
“Dozens reviews from the clients from all over the world are added to the website each day. The customers usually thank the hoteliers or support team who helped with accommodation. Also, formation about some issues with appliances or furniture or complaints about service quality can be found in reviews.
Reviews help the customers to make their choice and make sure the information provided by the hotelier is actual. This also helps to enhance client’s confidence in hoteliers and the company”
- according to Dobovo.com Content Manager Tatyana Guligas.
Dobovo booking service is a leading on daily apartment rent market in Ukraine and keeps on permanently improving the service. Every customer is free to choose an appropriate and affordable accommodation from 7000 apartments listed on the website. In order to find the perfect apartment the clients can use filters to sort the apartments by price, location availability of some attributes and make sure their choice is right by reading the reviews from the previous guests. The support team is there to assist the customers with choosing an apartment and booking 7 days a week.
July 15th, 2014, over 7000 apartments in 62 cities of Ukraine are listed on Dobovo.com. More than over 2050 hoteliers offer their apartments via the website and add from 1 to 6 apartments for daily rent.
Dobovo booking service keeps on intensively growing to attract more and more hoteliers to cooperation and holding top position on Ukrainian local daily rent market. There are different types of accommodation available on the website: apartments and private houses, hostels and hotel rooms, that helps the customers not only to plan a business trip to another city but also a good rest all over Ukraine. A huge variety of apartments in most interesting Ukrainian cities ore available for booking on the website. Kyiv is leading in a number of apartments for daily rent. There are also a lot of booking options in Odessa, Lviv, Kharkiv, Donetsk, Sevastopol and Dnipropetrovsk.
Thanks to the variety of different accommodation the prices are from 48 to few thousands hryvnias per night which allow every client to find an affordable option. The hoteliers offer discounts and hot offers to attract customers, this allows the guests to book accommodation for the best price.
The website was developed to to provide the possibility to find the perfectly fitting apartment fast and easy and the interface is created taking into account all desires of our guests and hoteliers. The content department is checking every apartment before publishing it and pays special attention to the quality and accuracy of the information. Every hotelier has a personal account manager who is there to assist with any requests and questions.
“More than 1000 apartments for daily rent and 10 new Ukrainian cities were added to the website in 2014. Huge variety of apartments allows even the pickiest client to find an apartment that answers all the requirements.”
- shares her opinion Valeriia Chalenko, Dobovo.com Sales Manager.
Dobovo.com team permanently improve the website and make the booking process easier. Every client can book the apartment fast choosing the dates of stay and making a prepayment and contact the owner right after that to specify the details of check in.
Dobovo is a leading booking service provides daily accommodation all over Ukraine from 2010. The website is being permanently improved to meet customer’s requests: from the start of the project a lot of functionality was developed such as reviews and rates from the previous clients, comparison of apartments, location and price filters and online communication with support team.
Dobovo.com Press Service reports that comparison of apartments was launched on June 3rd, 2014. This functionality allows the customers to compare the chosen apartments by price, location, distance from main tourist attractions, city center, available amenities and helps to choose the best accommodation option in 60 cities of Ukraine and near-abroad fast and easy. The idea to develop this functionality was born as an answer to multiple requests in special feedback tab on the website about difficulties with choosing an apartment. This functionality also helps Dobovo Reservation Team to assist the client with searching for the best fitting accommodation.
“As on June 2014, 6915 apartments for daily rent are offered on the website. On one hand this guarantees everyone can find a perfectly fitting apartment on the website but on the other – sometimes it makes the search process a little difficult. The new functionality of comparison was developed for those who want to compare the apartments on the website and make sure they book the best one. This makes the search and booking process easier.” – according to Dobovo Sales Department Specialist Valeriia Chalenko.
The functionality is very simple to use: you only need to choose up to five apartments with check box “to comparison” and after that to press the bottom “In comparison”. After that, you will be transferred to the page with a table comparing the apartments for multiple criteria’s. After that, you can read the reviews for chosen apartments, view more details, other apartments of the same hotelier and book one of the accommodations. With the functionality of comparison, it is now possible to view and compare different criteria’s of up to five apartments: price, location, reviews of the previous clients, amenities and services.
Dobovo.com Dev and Content teams always attentively improved the quality of the content of the website. Today one of the most important goals is to make the search and booking process easier and faster.
Dobovo is a leading online daily rent booking service, that offers more than 6500 accommodations available for instant booking. Dobovo support team is available 7 days a week to assist the customers to choose and booking the perfect accommodation fast and easy.
Dobovo.com booking finished the development of loyalty program for the customers in January 2016. New feature is available for all the customers from January 13th and allows to get an atomatic discount without any additional requests via e-mail or telephone.
How it works?
Every customer who has registered a member account on Dobovo.com automatically receives a 1% discount, even if it’s his first experience with booking an apartment on the website. The customers can save more money with every next booking – the discount will increase automatically. The price will be shown already with consideration of discount for the signed in guests.
The minimum discount 1% is provided to every authorised customer. With every confirmed booking the disscount will get higher and already after 4 successful bookings it will be equal to 5%.
Dobobo.com CEO Dmytro Malakhov shares his opinion about loyalty program:
“The loyalty program was build to reward the regular customers who deserve to get high quality service and spend less money on accommodation. When the customer returnes to us for the second or third time he will get a bigger discount. The more bookings – the bigger discount!We are about to launch one more discount program that will make daily rent not just an attraktive booking option but the most affordable accommodation for those who prefers to travel with comfort and stay in apartments, hostels or mini-hotels.”
Dobovo booking service is a fast and easy way to find accommodation in 90 cities in Ukraine and other countries. The company cooperates with more than 2,5 thousands hoteliers who listed over 9,5 thousands apartmants on the website and these amount grows each day. Mobile application for hoteliers is being developed to increase the amount of apartments available for instant booking.