Singapore startup BeMyGuest is an Asian-focused tours-and-activities online booking platform that connects travelers to more than 13,000 experiences in more than 700 cities. It was founded by industry veterans Blanca Menchaca and Clement Wong in 2012 to address the dearth of resources available to members of Asia's rising middle class who want to travel their own region independently. Wong noticed no one was helping local tour companies bring their products online. Now, BeMyGuest acts as an important platform for small- to mid-sized operators, enabling them to market and manage their offerings with everything from translation services to dynamic pricing tools. The company's content management system is free; travelers pay a small fee for every booking. BeMyGuest also recently launched a platform that enables travel agents to plan itineraries for their clients drawing from BeMyGuests's inventory. In October, it made a huge deal to integrate its tour offerings with China's online travel colossus Ctrip, fueling an average month-over-month growth of more than 100%. BeMyGuest is the first Asian activities and tours API to be fully integrated into Ctrip's website and mobile app. In the coming months, the company will be announcing similar partnerships with the biggest travel engines in China and India.
The company's competitive advantage in 2016:
Its deep and wide-ranging relationships with Asian tour operators: Now that it has them locked in, BeMyGuest is well positioned to shop them to larger players.
The biggest challenges standing in this company's way in 2016:
Fending off big players like Expedia, which doesn't (yet) have a strong presence in Asia
What to look out for:
In the coming months, the company will be announcing partnerships to link its inventory to the biggest travel engines in China and India, as well as 11 airlines. Support for more Asian languages will also be rolled out in 2016.
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