Taking Goa to the world
It all began with a lofty idea, that of a simple website aimed at being a one stop shop for any and all information regarding Goa. Today, goaholidayhomes.com has achieved not only that, but has also diversified into making street maps, postcards and also developing mobile applications dedicated to making Goa easily accessible to everyone. Through his website, proud owner Dexter De souza has placed Goa quite firmly on the world wide market. And with their diversification into the print world, the markets have opened up exponentially for the company.
As a website, goaholidayhomes.com gives a detailed look into various Goa related aspects, right from all its beaches to various restaurants, their location and their speciality, to where one can find the best guest houses within your budget anywhere in the state.
Recalling the inception of the company, Dexter happily goes back to the year 2003. He was still working as a senior software product developer for a software company in the UK. “My job involved coding, creating and managing hundreds of websites. I realized that there was a lot of scope in the IT industry. Moreover, I strongly believe that there is nothing better than converting ones hobby into an earning opportunity.” Housed in Calangute, Dexter does most of his communication work via internet and email and is much happy with his current premises.
“I knew I wanted to start something of my own, based on one of my passions in life, Goa. This fuelled me to create my website www.goaholidayhomes.com, an online portal dedicated to anything and everything Goan. I applied the same programming concepts that I used for other websites and created my own unique website. It was important for me to create a website that was user-friendly for both advertisers and visitors. I wanted to make a website highly informative for anyone interested in Goa. “
Dexter who was born and brought up in Calangute completed his Masters in Computer management in Pune and later found him working in Bangalore and later in UK. However, there was always something that wanted him to come back to the place where he belonged. “I enjoyed my time abroad but always had it in the back of my mind to come home to Goa and start something of my own. I was skeptical about leaving behind the 9-5 job at first, not only because of the risks involved in setting up a new venture but a lack of routine can lead to complacency. I thought to myself it is now or never and I went in for the plunge, and moved back to Goa with my wife, Leayana. I knew this had to be done to take www.goaholidayhomes.com to the next level. Since then GoaHolidayHomes.com and my business took a total different dimensions.”
All the hard work has reflected with the amount of business coming into the establishment. “Since this website was created whilst I was in the UK, I have done a lot of personal investment of my time in hand coding every page on my website so that it ranks number 1 in all search engines and concentrated on giving advertisers the attention they deserved for their advert. We have a lot of tie up with Goan associations abroad which we use as a platform to promote our website,” recalls Dexter as he reminisces back to when it all began.
My wife and I love what we do and enjoy every day working and doing something different. We don't have a set routine which gives rise to our creativity which is why I think our products have been so successful.
Although there is one thing that is a daily constant, that is our commitment and enthusiasm to our business. We simply love what we do and aim to provide the most effective medium for directly connecting advertisers and visitors. Why be local, when you can be global?
We do not accept being the best as an endpoint but as a starting point. We will always deliver more than expected and embrace the future with incredible optimism and excitement. The future is bright, the future is GoaHolidayHomes.com