Group tours are vacation, too
TourRadar is the first online travel agency worldwide that specializes in extended group trips. This may sound rather mundane at first, but in actuality it is a simple, yet innovative idea. This idea netted the young enterprise the startup award in the category “Rising Star.
Travis Pittman and his brother Shawn founded the company in Australia. TourRadar was headquartered in Sydney until March 2013. It was a B2B oriented SAS platform offering marketing products for businesses in the travel industry, for which it received licensing fees. In the summer of 2013, the company relocated to Austria and organized as a GmbH, at which time the team changed their entire business concept. It was a good decision.
Today customers worldwide can review over 20,000 group tours on the platform, compare them, make reservations, and evaluate them after the trip. TourRadar is occupying a niche with very little competition. While there are approximately 50.000 group trip providers who offer approximately 15 different types of tours each, TourRadar stands out by offering all available options for comparison. Up until now, travelers taking group trips had to rely on large international organizations or spend hours looking for the websites of smaller, more specialized companies. TourRadar based their business concept on that of the airline industry and websites such as swoodoo.at, checkfelix.com and expedia.at.
TourRadar has also become an industry leader in that it establishes direct contact between customers and local travel providers. The result is a personalized product for the end-user.
“Receiving the Start-up Award is a wonderful affirmation for our hard work. It is an honor to be part of the Austrian startup scene. To see firsthand that perseverance, passion and teamwork lead to success means a lot to us and strengthens our commitment to lock in our position in the market,” Travis Pittman, commenting about being presented with the Start-up Award 2015.
Services/grants provided by the Vienna Business Agency
- Start-up Award category "Rising Star"
- Funding by the Programm Kooperation