Be a traveler and not a tourist with these startups

Be a traveler and not a tourist with these startups

Be a traveler and not a tourist with these startups

Bengaluru, India | Red Newswire |Dec 16, 2015 Last Updated at 01:00 PM IST.

The “tourism” really does limits the essence of wanderlust. Tourism is nothing but a small part of traveling. Thankfully, we now have some startups that can help us actually travel and explore more rather than just being a tourist.

One such startup is Byond Travel. The company is just beginning to change the travel industry which has been dominated by Cox & Kings and Thomas Cook for long. But this startup is not alone in this field, around 100 more have emerged according to Traxcn.

Other startups similar to Byond including No Thepla Holidays, White Collar Hippie and Broken Compass are offering great new never-before experiences to the travelers. They let you hunt with local Kazakh tribes of Mongolia or go looking for Thresher shark in Philippines’s Malapascua Island.

There are also other startups who are using technology to enable travelers in carving out their own trips based upon some recommendations and other online discoveries. Full detail is offered regarding venue and hotels around it so travelers don’t have to go through some agent. Some others connect with local players as they feel local travel agents might be able to offer better experiences to their travel customers.

The changing ways of the Indian travelers are giving rise to these startups. Young Indian travelers are aware, tech savvy and have much income to dispose.

Mohan Kumar, Partner in Norwest Venture Partners said, “Family tours have become one-off events. Consumers want to explore places and connect with likeminded travelers from different parts of the world. The space is ripe for disruption.”

Vikram ahuja, founder of Byond agrees with this and added, “Cookie-cutter travel itineraries don't excite many and you have a bucket list of things to do. Experiential travel offers personalized itineraries with a substantial wiggle room to do the things you're interested in."

Abhishek Daga, Thrillophilia co-founder said that the 75% of its bookings are planned by the customers itself and not by the agents. Thrillophilia registers over 4 lakh bookings per month.

Sanchit Garg, TravelTriangle co-founder says, “Unlike older online marketplaces, where the call is most likely to be taken by a call centre operator, we directly put travelers in touch with the travel agents in the city , be it India or outside.”

Karthik Reddy, MD of Blume Ventures and investor in WeAreHolidays said, “Probably these players need investment rounds of $30-40 million to grow and challenge the incumbents.” He says even though the market is quite big and flourishing, it might take a few years for these companies to scale.

Source: ET Bureau