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BeMyGuest

Taking Asian travellers off the beaten path

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BeMyGuest is your gateway to Asia, in one sense an online marketplace of small travel companies from across the continent, but more importantly a traveller's guide to the most unusual, interesting and spectacular places in a largely undiscovered continent.

BeMyGuest helps travellers discover a vast and constantly growing choice of unique travel experiences. We have it all; adventurous, thrilling, family friendly, wholesome, culturally enriching, romantic, rejuvenating, up close and personal with nature and more.
C0-founder Clement Wong tells us how it began:

“A few years back I was in Kenya on a business trip. I extended my stay over the weekend to go on a safari. While at the Maasai Mara Reserve, I asked my driver if he could take me to a Maasai village. He told me it would cost $20, and I thought, sure, let’s help the local community. Once there, I was curious to find out how far the $20 would go in sustaining them and what they would spend it on.

Sadly, a Maasai responded, ‘Sir, we do not get the $20. We only get $2. All the rest goes to the driver.’ Apparently, if he did not do so, the driver would simply take tourists to another village.” That inspired me to do something about it, to help local communities to truly benefit from tourism, and this led to my journey with BeMyGuest.”

Wong founded the business with Blanca Menchaca in 2012 to address the dearth of resources available to members of Asia’s rising middle class who want to travel their own region independently. Wong noticed no one was helping local tour companies bring their products online. BeMyGuest now has over 13,000 activities listed on its platform. In 2013, it raised $508k from South Korea’s Tidesquare. In 2014, it raised $800k led by TNF Ventures.  In the same year, it won the Start-UP Asia competition against 150 competitors. To date, it has received $3.5m funding.
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Now, BeMyGuest acts as an important platform for small- to mid-sized operators, enabling them to market and manage their offerings with everything from translation services to dynamic pricing tools. The company’s content management system is free; travelers pay a small fee for every booking.
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In 2015 BeMyGuest launched a platform that enables travel agents to plan itineraries for their clients drawing from BeMyGuests’s inventory. It made a huge deal to integrate its tour offerings with China’s online travel colossus Ctrip, fueling an average month-over-month growth of more than 100%. BeMyGuest is the first Asian activities and tours API to be fully integrated into Ctrip’s website and mobile app. In the coming months, the company will be announcing similar partnerships with the biggest travel engines in China and India.
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In 2016 BeMyGuest was ranked globally as one of Fast Company’s 50 Most Innovative Companies.

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