An Icelandic SME has developed and launched a novel social marketplace platform for tour operators, tour guides and travellers. This platform changes the way both travellers and tour operators communicate with and book the services of tourist guides. It is based on the same success methodology as other sharing economy companies e.g. in taxi and apartment renting. Looking for partners for commercial agency agreement, licence- or service agreement.
An Icelandic SME has developed and launched a novel social marketplace platform for tour operators, tour guides and travellers. This platform changes the way both travellers and tour operators communicate with and book the services of tourist guides. This platform has the potential to change the way both travellers and tour operators communicate with tour guides and book their services. The social marketplace platform is based on the same success methodology as other sharing economy companies e.g. in taxi and apartment renting. The company´s market strategy is mainly focused on Europe which is the largest travel destination in the world, however the application is currently being tested in the US. The social marketplace platform has been developed both as an easy to use webpage and a smartphone application, for the tourist guides and travellers. The company’s goal is to build the largest guide database in the world in order to make it easier and quicker for anyone looking to book a guide during their travels to a new and exciting place or country. To ensure traction and grow the database users can enter for the basic free version but those who want more attributes and greater access can apply for a paid professional access, this will be available both for tour operators and guides. Guides with access to the system can create their own schedule and keep track of the trips. The guides get tour offers from travellers and tour companies and can with just a few clicks accept or decline the offer. • Book the whole week in a very short time • Set up the day's they are available (handy for part time guides) • Only get bookings that fit their pre-noted expertise • Have their own profile site to show to clients, linked to Instagram collecting all photos in a user friendly profile page • Se what other guides are doing on their profile page to get inspired Tour companies can find the right guides in the system, based on the guides language skills, the areas they are familiar with and their availability. This can drastically reduce the time it takes to find the perfect guide for their trips. • Search by location, language or availability • Direct contact to guide through mobile app • Instant notification when the guide accepts a request • Simple and quick overview of all their tours and activity over any period of time (a week, month or whole year) The company is looking for companies in the tourism industry with connections to guide-operators and/or guide associations for commercial agency agreement, licence- or service agreement. This platform can be a valuable addition to their current service offering to the industry.
Innovations and advantages
The main advantages of the platform varies depending on the user. • The guide application can help travelers find guides with the best local knowledge and speaks their own language. • Tourist operators can access available guides at all times also in case of emergency when guides drop out at very short notice e.g. when something comes up or they are double booked. • The application gives any guide an easy access to the tourist guide industry by adding their profile for free in the system. Helping them to get more tours and fill out their schedule. Easy to use social platform matching travelers, guides and tour-operators together with a single point of contact. More attributes and services are being developed for the system, e.g. 360 videos and live video guiding solutions.
Current stage of development
Already in the market
Market application codes
01006004 Communications services
07001007 Other leisure and recreational products and services
07005005 Travel agencies and services
07006 Other Consumer Related (not elsewhere classified)
09003007 Other services (not elsewhere classified)
Intellectual property rights
Albania, Argentina, Armenia, Austria, Belarus, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, Chile, China, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Egypt, Estonia, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, India, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Jordan, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macedonia, The former Yugoslav Republic of, Malta, Mexico, Moldova, Montenegro, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Paraguay, Peru, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russian Federation, Serbia, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Tunisia, Turkey, Ukraine, United Kingdom, USA
Area of partner's activity
The company is looking for companies in the tourism industry with connections to guide-operators and/or guide associations for commercial agency-, licence- or service agreement.