Flash Sales Site Focused on Indian Fashion Expands to Travel

Exclusively.In, a flash sales site focused on importing Indian jewelry and apparel to U.S. consumers, has launched a travel vertical that focuses on sending those consumers abroad.

Exclusively.In, which launched in June and raised $2.8 million from investors such as Accel Partners, has launched Palaces to Paradise, a companion site to its retail site that will offer discounts on travel packages to Asia.

Travel has been an obvious niche vertical that other flash sales and daily deal sites have readily expanded into.

Gilt Groupe launched Jetsetter in September 2009, and already has two million people signed up to receive its deals by email. About two-thirds of the membership overlaps with the other Gilt sites. Other daily deals sites have expanded into travel, including LivingSocial’s Escapes and Overstock.com.

Just like its apparel site, Exclusively.In is focused on offering travel experiences from Asia. The four travel deals that are live on the site starting today are: A boutique hotel in Udaipur, Rajasthan; a jungle lodge located in Kanha National Park in India; a beachside resort in India; and a villa located in Koh Samui, Thailand.

As an example, the five-bedroom villa in Thailand, which sleeps 10 and includes a full-time Thai chef, normally costs $1,290 a night but has been marked down to $1,095. The deal will be available until May 31.

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