Bookme takes off but boss shut in
South Island online tourism activities booking business Bookme has this week demonstrated why it has won the Deloitte Fast 50 Rising Star award for the Otago region.
Deloitte's annual Fast 50 index ranks the top 50 businesses in New Zealand according to their revenue growth for the past three years.
The Rising Star award recognises businesses that do not qualify for the main Deloitte Fast 50 but are recognised as early stage, innovative, high potential companies.
Director James Alder started Bookme in Queenstown shortly after the February 2011 earthquake.
Three years later the business has been recognised for its innovation at regional level, and is in the running for the national Rising Star award which will be announced in November.
This week wild weather that hit the South Island left Alder's business partner Nick Reekie cut off at his Darfield home, unable to attend the regional awards ceremony as hundreds of trees surrounding his property were uprooted, cutting off road access and power supplies.
However, with the use of a generator Reekie is able to charge his mobile phone and iPad and continue to operate the online booking business remotely.
Reekie said Bookme had rapidly increased its market share and indications from current bookings were that tourism industry revenues could be 15 to 30 per cent higher this summer compared to last year, as local operators were seeing a steady post-quake recovery in the region.
Bookme is now expanding into Northland and Australia.
The regional Deloitte Fast 50 winners will join other high growth companies from around the country at the Deloitte Festival of Fast Growth in Auckland on November 6, where the final rankings and growth percentages of the national Fast 50 index and the national winners will be announced.
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