Founded in 2010, Dayuse was created by David Lebée in Paris to meet the demand of hotel customers who were looking for a place to rest for a few hours while exploring the region. From a reservation platform, it has evolved into a mobile application. Then in 2015, the company raised 15 million euros in a Series A investment round, sparking expansion into the United States, Hong Kong and now Singapore.
We talk to Dayuse CEO and Founder Lebée to find out why they continue to be one of the best options for daycations, whether you’re in Paris or Singapore.
Can you tell us more about the origin of Dayuse’s idea?
I managed a trendy hotel in Paris in 2010 and I was often asked about daytime reservations. Customers had wanted to book a room for a few hours to explore the surroundings or disconnect with their partner, but this option was not offered by traditional hotels. I noticed the slowly changing consumption patterns; whether it was for a day, a romantic getaway, or an office for the day, many new requests were not met. It was only then that I had the idea to launch the idea for Dayuse.
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What was Dayuse’s initial reaction when it was created in 2010?
We have been profitable from day one. We transformed the hospitality industry by being the first to offer a daytime hotel reservation platform, and quickly became the global market leader. Since then, we have grown exponentially, offering guests the flexibility to use hotel rooms and facilities beyond the traditional overnight stay. Dayuse has responded to the changing and evolving needs of modern consumers who embrace the hassle-free convenience of Daycations while enjoying the risk-free booking process.
In Paris, where the company was founded, has there been an increase or decrease in the number of users?
Our user base has always witnessed a growing user trend as it provides a well-founded solution for clients looking for a space to chill out and relax or for a change of scenery without having to plan. a trip or to break the bank.
Now ten years old and in several cities, has anything changed in the way Dayuse operates?
The desire to transform the hotel industry remains stronger than ever! What has changed is that hotels are now approaching us and the number of partnership requests has exploded thanks to the growing notoriety around Dayuse and our added value. The hospitality industry has embraced the concept of daycation and recognized the benefits of attracting new customers and establishing a new revenue stream to maximize their assets for additional profits. We carefully select a selection of three to five hotels based on their great value offering, location and on-site amenities, and our recent triple-digit growth in Singapore is a testament to the trust hoteliers place in us.
Does each city require a slightly different approach? Why or why not?
We are leading a shared global strategy with local adaptations. We build our strategy around population areas and available hotel properties to ensure we deliver quality hotels and relevant deals at the best price. Around airports, for example, we are developing offers earlier (starting at 6 a.m.) and later end times (ending at 11 p.m.) to meet the demands of travelers whether they are looking for a place to take a refreshing shower or a nap while waiting to arrive at their next destination.
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Since entering the Singapore market in 2018, competitors have emerged. What gives Dayuse an edge over new entrants?
We are the original leader and industry leader in daytime reservations. Dayuse was created by hoteliers for hoteliers where we speak the same language. We offer the widest range of hotel partners and have won the trust of major hotel groups. Dayuse.com is in touch with the realities of modern inconveniences such as delays and unforeseen circumstances which are all part of a busy life. This is also the reason why no credit card is needed during the booking process and cancellation is free even until the last minute!
Is Dayuse expanding to other cities in Southeast Asia?
We have plans for expansion in Asia, but we are keeping them confidential for the time being. We recently launched our Staycation offerings in Asia in Singapore, Hong Kong and Taiwan, and we aim to work on this service to improve it to make it as powerful as the daycation (day experiences) we have today. hui.