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SoftBank-backed OYO gets funds from USA's Airbnb

SoftBank-backed OYO gets funds from USAs Airbnb

New Delhi: SoftBank-backed OYO has raised funding from the US-based online accommodation platform Airbnb, a move that will provide the Indian hospitality chain more ammunition to strengthen its presence in the Indian and global markets. The investment details were, however, not disclosed.

According to sources, Airbnb is pumping in between $100-200 million (about Rs 690-1,380 crore) in the Indian firm. "As the sixth largest hotel chain operator in the world, we at, OYO Hotels & Homes, are committed to offering our guests and travelers around the world, great quality living spaces.

We are happy to have Airbnb as our partner in this vision," OYO Hotels & Homes Global Chief Strategy Officer Maninder Gulati said in an emailed statement.

He added that Airbnb's strong global footprints and access to local communities will open up new opportunities for OYO to strengthen and grow. "We're excited by the possibilities and committed to bringing benefits to the millions of travelers who can now rely on Airbnb and OYO Hotels & Homes to find a home away from home," he said.

Greg Greeley, president of homes at Airbnb, said emerging markets like India and China are among Airbnb's fastest-growing markets.

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