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Venuezi attracts $2million in bookings in 48 hours!

We first profiled Venuezi not long after the launched in September 2011 last year. After presenting at the Brisbane’s Sofitel Wedding Expo, the startup attracted $2.5 million worth of wedding and hen’s party enquiries in less than 48 hours. Now that’s what we call a powerful return on your marketing!

Venuezi (pronounced Venue Easy) allows people to submit their function or event request and receive quotes from venues for free. Launched in late 2011, the site has been gaining the interest of major hospitality operators and the public since.

Managing Director Jason Titman said: “The interest from the public has been phenomenal. Coinciding with our participation in the Sofitel Wedding Expo there was $2 million in wedding enquiries posted on the website in just two days.  Our problem at the moment is that we can’t sign venues up quickly enough to support the demand from the public.”

Venuezi’s founders are adamant the current process of booking functions and events is antiquated and with strong demand for new online models, they knew there had to be an easier way to book functions. Designed by leading hospitality industry operators, is transforming how people book their functions and events.

The site allows members who are planning a function to list their requirements on the site for free. Partner venues pay a monthly access fee to quote on these function requests.  Members then pick the quote that suits their requirements and book the function directly with the venue.  The site is big on protecting user privacy and member contact details are not released to any venue unless they actually proceed with a quote.

The site saves members:

·         Thinking of venue options

·         Looking up and then contacting a number of different venues

·         Chasing up their enquiry

No doubt these guys are going to follow this up with similar wedding expo’s nationally and internationally. This is definitely a startup to watch in 2012.

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