Microsoft is in talks to invest in Indian budget hotel start-up Oyo

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Oyo has expanded beyond India and into markets in the U.S., Europe and Southeast Asia.

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However, questionable tactics cast doubt on the health of the Indian start-up, according to reports last year. The coronavirus pandemic worsened the situation and forced the hotel chain to lay off employees to cut costs and losses.

With vaccination rates rising, and countries slowly easing restrictions, travel demand is making a slow recovery. Last month, Oyo founder and CEO Ritesh Agarwal told CNBC the company’s daily bookings for the summer season more than doubled in Europe, where the vaccination rate is relatively high.

CNBC’s Naman Tandon contributed to this report.

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