In a nutshell, what is XTourMaker and how did the idea come about?
XTOURMAKER provides innovative mobile solutions to the hospitality and tourism sector, combining tourism expertise with world-class cloud-based technology.
XTOURMAKER was born as a spin-off from Boost Tourism, the company who pioneered various tourism brands such as Gocar Tours Portugal, Lisbon By Segway, Lisbon By Beetle. We felt the need to provide a better solution for team buildings, other than a roadmap printed in paper. We started developing a platform to build interactive roadmaps, GPS Guided Tours and the perfect tool for group meetings. This initial app was used by over 10.000 people, and at some point we believed this platform could be used on a global scale and within different touristic contexts.
Currently, XTOURMAKER enables Hotels, Hostels & Tour Operators to offer a unique mobile pocket concierge to their guests. With a 50 euros monthly subscription model, hotels can have a totally customized APP, with their image and content, Multilanguage, with GPS guided tours around their location and with a unique way to communicate with their guests.
In what ways will users be able to interact with the apps you provide?
Users can download our customers’ apps from the App-stores and benefit from the Hotels or Tour Operators recommendations. So, when you check in to a certain hotel and ask at the reception for tips, suggestions or directions forget about the paper map and expect to be invited to download the Hotel’s own Mobile App.
What’s the biggest argument for a company to join your platform?
In a time where over 90% of Europeans and North-Americans use their smartphone during vacations, offering a mobile solution that complements guests’ experience while at the hotel is a key advantage in a particularly competitive market. Besides offering a better experience to guests hotels can upsell other services and generate more revenue.
What are your immediate expansion plans?
We start validating and fine tuning our product in Portugal, and within 3 months we signed over 40 customers. Our aim is now to start getting customers in other markets, with focus in USA and Europe. In our first incursion to USA last month, we got an honorable 3rd Place in the TDS North America Travel Innovation Awards and we have signed our first customer in the US, a large tour operator based in San Francisco. We are also opening offices in Barcelona.
What other startup is on your radar?
Recibos Online, MYGON and Muzzley.
To find out more about XTourMaker visit http://www.xtourmaker.com/