Uber completes one year in Colombo,Sri Lanka

Dec 14, 2016 (LBO) - Uber, the on-demand technology company has completed a year of operations in Colombo and are looking to hire more people to join their team as they expand operations in Sri Lanka. “When we launched Uber in Sri Lanka back in 2015, it was an exciting alternative to get around the city. Today, Uber has fundamentally changed the way we move in Colombo," said Bhavik Rathod, General Manager, Uber India South & West and Sri Lanka. "With thousands of journeys and economic opportunities created, we are impacting lives while celebrating this beautiful island and pretty excited to keep building our journey in Sri Lanka.” In just one year of operations in Sri Lanka, Uber has expanded its coverage area, started accepting cash as a payment option apart from debit/credit cards; introduced uberGO--a low-cost hatchback option in addition to uberX and continue to provide mobility to thousands of riders across the city. Riders have over this past year enjoyed engaging on-demand activities such as UberCHOPPER and UberPUPPIES; participated in UberCARE as Uber worked alongside the Colombo Municipal Council and the Sri Lanka Red Cross Society to help those affected by the floods in May earlier this year. Uber received a silver for ‘Successful Use of Technology’ in the BTL Category at the Asia-Pacific Customer Engagement Forum & Awards for UberSURPRISE - an on-demand luxury ride experience with Mercedes-Benz and Saatchi &Saatchi for Valentine’s Day. Interesting Uber Sri Lanka trivia:
  • Most Ubered to destinations:
  1. Canada Friendship Rd, Katunayake
  2. Fort, Colombo, Sri Lanka
  3. Nugegoda, Sri Lanka
  • 330 - the total number of cities where Sri Lankans have travelled to. That’s 61% of the 540 cities Uber is present in.
  • The most frequently visited cities: Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, London.
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