LEISURE & ENTERTAINMENT | Staff Reporter, Singapore

BeMyGuest helps travellers make the most out of their trips

Their total funding to date is at S$11.5 million.

BeMyGuest is a provider of tours, activities, and attractions in Asia. It aims to empower businesses by letting them leverage their free and award-winning content management and booking system to digitalise their offers and consequently reach active online travellers.

BeMyGuest shares that it strives to inspire travellers by discovering great experiences from quality suppliers in Asia and making them bookable online. The company partners with thousands of verified small-to-medium-sized travel businesses to help people seek out and recommend you the best possible activities to experience Asia. Aside from mainstream tours and attractions, one can through the platform access more niche, authentic, locally specialised, and once-in-a-lifetime activities.

"BeMyGuest’s mission has always been to create the largest platform of tours, activities and attractions across Asia," says Clement Wong, CEO, BeMyGuest. "Our goal is to bridge the technology gap between fragmented supply and seasoned distribution. Our a range of travel technology solutions. These include supplier inventory push API, multilingual pull API, white labels, B2B agents marketplace, instant confirmation, e-tickets, revenue management system and more."

Attractions, tours and activities are considered the final frontier in travel distribution, with all other considerations like flight, hotels, car rental, local accommodation, taxis, buses and trains all digitised and distributed, says Wong. As Asia is highly complex with its high fragmentation and low tech, Wong and co-founder Blanca Menchaca started the business to help solve the problem of aggregating and distribution of these travel experiences through their travel technology.

The company’s focus has been to serve the highly complex Asian market. With over 500 strategic distribution partnerships including Ctrip, Ticket Monster, Tink Labs, Yatra, Tuniu, Alitrip and Travel.jp, they connect the largest industry players in the highest growth markets across China, Korea, Japan, Indonesia, Vietnam, India with over 4,500 suppliers of over 25,000 activities, attractions, day tours, ground transfers and events in over 900 destinations.

BeMyGuest throughout its operations has already helped businesses deliver experiences for travelers. For instance, Wong shares, Ctrip, the largest online travel agency in China, was looking at driving more bookings in the attractions, tours and activities sector. "By providing our more than 4,500 suppliers with our technology, we have been able to achieve this for them. In 2016, we received the ‘Best Strategic Partner Award’ from Ctrip," Wong says.

And the startup continues to aim for greater heights. Wong shares that their total funding to date is at S$11.5 million.

"This round of investment enables BeMyGuest to further accelerate the company’s rapid growth across Asia," says Wong. Alongside this Series A funding is the launch of BeMyGuest Labs, a platform where Wong says suppliers and resellers can leverage on BeMyGuest’s vast distribution network through a range of travel technology solutions. These include supplier inventory push API, multilingual pull API, white labels, B2B agents marketplace, instant confirmation, e-tickets, and revenue management system, among others.

"This Series A is an affirmation of our vision and validation of our business model," notes Wong. "We are certain that the quality of our technology, content and customer service will take us through the next phase of growth with an extremely robust partnerships pipeline going live in 2017 and beyond."

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