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5 New Travel Startups That Help Tourists Explore the Outdoors

@SamShankman

Jun 09, 2014 9:30 am

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These startups provide a solution to tourists who want to explore travel outside their comfort zone, but aren’t sure how without a digital platform.

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Advlo is a platform for finding local guides to set up and lead customizable adventure tours.

Zizoo is boat booking platform where users can search for available boat rentals in a certain market.

Quicket is an online ticketing service for small to medium sized events.

Ojoo is a platform that allows users to create guided tours, scavenger hunts, and education excursions without any technical skills.

Hikable publishes digital hiking guides that includes step-by-step descriptions, interactive maps, and offline access to the guides.

This week’s roundup of travel startups want to get tourists outside and exploring faster and easier using digital guides, customized apps and easy payment systems. In turn, they also provide experts a platform to share their knowledge for price.

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>> Advlo is a platform for finding local guides to set up and lead customizable adventure tours. Users can also set up their own adventures and charge others to join the trip. The platform will also feature past adventures.

SkiftTake: The peer-to-peer market is quickly growing, but platforms dedicated solely to local-led tours have had trouble taking off for various reasons including lack of demand, local experts and growth.

>> Zizoo Boats is boat booking platform where users can search for available boat rentals in a certain market. The boats are listed by individuals and charter companies.

SkiftTake: The peer-to-peer boat rental market is growing and slowly making its way online. There are several companies in the U.S. and Europe providing formidable competition to any new player.

>> Quicket is an online ticketing service for small to medium sized events. Any one can create an event profile, start selling tickets and use the platform a social marketing tool.

SkiftTake: The company is growing its base in South Africa, but technologies that give small businesses the opportunity to compete with large industry players on a level playing field have the potential to growth worldwide.

>> Ojoo is a platform that allows users to create guided tours, scavenger hunts, and education excursions without any technical skills. Users can then share the game with friends.

SkiftTake: Mobile devices and apps are one of the primary travel tools today and this tool creates endless possibilities for brands and companies that want to quickly create experiences for their customers without intensive human capital.

>> Hikable publishes digital hiking guides that includes step-by-step descriptions, interactive maps, and offline access to the guides. The guides are created by expert hikers.

SkiftTake: Outdoor tourism is another growing sector, but access to trail guides and information is often stuck in paper books and maps. A digital solution that opens up hiking to more travelers is beneficial for the parks and the company’s users.

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