Tourplus connects travellers with local tour guides in Southeast Asia, raises pre-seed funding

Tourplus connects travellers with local tour guides in Southeast Asia, raises pre-seed funding

The Malaysian startup enables travellers to communicate with local guides and customise itinerary without needing to worry about security and language barrier

The Tourplus team

Malaysia-based Tourplus, an online marketplace for travellers to connect with local tour guides, has announced that it has raised RM500,000 in pre-seed funding from an unclosed VC investor.

Tourplus, an e27 Top 100 startup, will use the funds to expand operations by strengthening connections with local tour guides around Southeast Asia. It also aims to make Tourplus the go-to site for free independent travellers, who want to hire private guides for their customisable trip in ASEAN.

Started in 2014 by friends Rickson Goh and Kyle Foo, Tourplus enables users to communicate with local guides and customise their travel itinerary. Travellers can plan their holiday without needing to worry about security, language barrier, and local knowledge. The company provides private guides and customisable itinerary that are verified and reviewed.

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The platform has over 1,000 tour guides around Southeast Asia, Tourplus said in a press release .

In an effort of making Tourplus a trusted platform, it has also formed partnership with the Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation (MDEC) to bring the country’s tourism industry into the digital economy.

Tourism Malaysia has reported that 25.9 million international tourists visited Malaysia in 2017 making it among the major travel destination of the world

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