May 02, 2017
 

Eric Espino, Co-Founder,TourMega, says,the search engine will add to its inventory and innovation in 2017 to spare travelers the hassle of planning and rather have them focus on the experience in an interview with Irene Susan Eapen.

Founded in May 2016 by a group of travelers who aim to change the way people travel. TourMega helps search, compare and book tours so one can spend time enjoying the trips, not planning for them.

Eric Espino, Co-Founder of the search engine says TourMega has nearly 17,000 options to choose from in 804 cities and 134 different countries, including a number of popular destinations in India for tours and activities. India is an important destination for TourMega because the country is large and perceived by some as chaotic and difficult to navigate, many travelers want a tool that provides them a range of options for tours and activities so they can avoid spending hours calling or emailing local companies.

Expected growth for 2017

Our expectation is that global international travel should grow at about 4% in 2017; or the same as 2016. We believe certain countries and regions such as Australia, New Zealand, South-East Asia, and South-Asia (primarily India and Sri Lanka) will continue to outperform other regions, especially if flight prices remain relatively low and countries such as the United States and China continue to show growth in their outbound travelers. We also think that the weakening of the Euro and British Pound could increase tourism to these countries which had historically been expensive compared to other destinations.

Marketing activities

Our plan is to focus on popular destinations where travelers are excited about what awaits them but also not sure where to start in terms of finding things to do when they arrive. Language may be a barrier or the amount of time calling up numerous companies or guides to compare options may be too daunting of a task. As a result, we will be engaging with travelers online and in-person and demonstrating to them that we offer a valuable and easy-to-use tool that can allow them to create and enjoy new experiences, not waste time trying to plan them out.

New initiatives

2017 is going to be a very exciting year for us. Travelers can expect that we will be adding new inventory almost weekly with the goal of having at least 60,000 tours and activities on our site by mid-year. We will also be adding new tools and partnering with some innovative travel startups in 2017 to make the user-experience on our site more dynamic and provide new platforms for us to reach travelers. My co-founder Quynh Pham is working up some magic with artificial intelligence that should be rolled out later in 2017 so stay tuned.We recently added a very innovative tool on to our site from Spatial.ai called Neighborhood Personalities using interest filters such as nightlife, artsy, foodie, healthy etc.

TourMega will be looking to partner with a few well-regarded tour operators in 2017 to ensure our site has the variety of tours and activities to meet the demand.

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