Right track, OWNRIDES, on track
Within a few months of launching, we have grown organically from just a few bookings a week to new bookings every day. It wasn’t easy, but we know we are on the right track.
Beside creating a trusted marketplace for tourists to find good private drivers and making it simple to book the drivers for their tours, we are also making custom tours more affordable and scalable. Using technology to improve pricing (accuracy and speed), our customize tour feature allows our customers to just provide their pick up place, drop off place and places to go, and it will instantly plan the best route with the lowest price for them.
Before OWNRIDES, tourists need to spend a lot of time communicating with tour operators to plan and book their custom tours. The best solution the tour operators can provide is a form on their website that requires customers to fill up their itinerary and wait hours or even days for the tour operators to figure out the route and price. OWNRIDES makes it possible for tourists to create and book their custom tours within minutes now.
As more and more people prefer DIY travel over package tour, they also prefer to book everything online, choose the best and most suitable for each, from flight to accommodation, travel insurance to attraction tickets, and the ground transportation that OWNRIDES provides now. And with close to half of our bookings made using our customize tour feature, we are becoming the “Uber for custom tours”.
Our next step is to scale our business, growing it 10 times bigger, by extending our service to inbound Chinese tourists to Taiwan and into another country, bringing our competitive advantage in custom tours into these new markets. This will be a big step towards our vision to become the largest online driver booking platform for tourists. We are still a long way from our vision, but with a strong team and the support from our investors, we believe we will get there eventually!
PS: We are hiring again! If you are passionate about travel, believe in our mission, and can help us scale our business, ping me soon. Join us on our journey to redefine travel, learn, grow, and travel of course!