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Guiddoo World is a one-stop shop for in-destination experiences. With over 4000+ Travel agents, 5000+ excursions and 11 destinations, Guiddoo offers an array of services like Tours and Activities, Dining, Entertainment and Shopping as add-ons to the Indian Outbound travellers and also curates special packages for them. It was established in June 2013 by Vineet, Nidhi, Prashant and Biswajeet in the form of an App only Audio Guiding Product from In5 Dubai, and later pivoted to the current tours and activities model in 2017.

With 50,000+ activities handled and 22000 + customers and a 20X growth in revenue in the last 18 months, Guiddoo is making rapid foray into the Indian travel market. It offers travel partners and Indian international travelers curated In-Destination experiences (Tours & Activities, Dining, Shopping, Entertainment) which are ideally suited for the Indian traveler profile which differ from global products in experience type, culinary habits, prices among others.

At the core, Guiddoo is a Technology driven product with the Team trying to disrupt the travel industry and the In-Destination segment with innovative technology usage like Big Data Decision Making, Smart Product Rating Index and Consumer Behavior mapping using Machine Learning among other.

Awards & Achievements

• Featured in CNBC Young Turks & Red Herring 100 award
• In 2015 – Raised $ 150,000 in Angel Round led by known angel investor Mr. Pawan Borie, to further build its product’s team & technology development
• In 2015 – Pivot & Phocuswright Award & Runners up people’s choice at Travel Innovation summit in USA. Launched with Subai as the first destination
• In 2016 - collaborated with first B2B partners like Cleartrip and Yatra and aggressively built on the travel agent market to build a network of 4000+ Agents
• In 2017 launched 6 additional destinations in SE Asia
• In 2018 launched 3 new Island Destinations – Maldives, Mauritius and Seychelles. Also work in on the way to introduce 8 new destinations by early 2019.
• Awarded “Excellence in Outbound Tour Operations less than 5 years” by Honourable Tourism Minister Sh. KJ Alphons in 2018 at the SATTE Award

Our Services

Our diverse business portfolio

Travel Agent In-Destination platform

With 15 Destinations, 4000+ Travel Agents, 5000+ experiences, we offer a single platform for travel agents to find and book curated experiences.

Product representation

From Hotels to Entertainment, from Attractions to Activities we offer representation services across our source markets.

Destination marketing

Destinations across the globe are more and more trying to build presence in india and China, we offer great support through our Travel Agent Network in the form of FAM trips and Roadshows.

KOL and Influencer endorsements

With our partners and direct access to KOL's across India and China we offer Value added product and destination endorsements.

OUR TEAM

Meet with our people behind the move

Vineet Budki
VINEET BUDKI

CEO, Founder

Vineet Budki is the CEO & Founder of Guiddoo World. He founded Guiddoo - initially as an audio guide that later pivoted to a Marketplace for Tours and Activities in 2013, along with Nidhi Varma, Prashant Choudhary and Biswajeet Karmakar, with the objective of giving Indian Travellers great In-Destination Experiences – Tours and Activities, Dining, Shopping and Entertainment.

Vineet has a rich experience of 15 years in Technology, Travel and Airline industry and has worked with companies like Rocket Internet, Emirates Airlines, Paytronic Networks and Tata Consultancy Services in the past. He started his first company Butel in the year 2009 - an online comparator for DTH Services, which later became the online arm of Videocon d2h. He completed his B.Tech in Civil Engineering from NIT Calicut and pursued MBA from IE Business School & Cornell University.

Vineet is well-known in the start-up and travel community and is a great orator. His successful stints include speaking at the Phocuswright Travel innovation Summit - USA, WIT Conference - Singapore, TravelTechMe - Dubai, Travel Tech MENASA - Dubai, SATTE Conference - India, IITT Conference India, Mekong Tourism Forum - Vietnam, Cambodia.
Nidhi Varma
NIDHI VARMA

Co-Founder

Following a bad travel experience, she came up with the idea of an audio visual travel guide and formalized it with the launch of the Guiddoo App in 2014. A travel enthusiast, Nidhi wanted to offer unique travel-based solutions to fellow travelers so that they can make the most from their International trips, specially to the world famous monuments.

Nidhi has rich experience in the Travel industry and has worked with major Middle Eastern Airlines for over 16 years. Nidhi has completed her graduation from Narsee Monjee Institute of Management Studies in Mumbai. Apart from Travel, Nidhi is a car enthusiast, an avid reader and an adrenaline junkie.

Nidhi has been widely featured across news media channels as a leading woman entrepreneur in India & UAE especially on the CNBC Young Turks programme, Bangalore Times, Times of India, Arabian Business, Wamda and The National.
Prashant Choudhary
PRASHANT CHOUDHARY

CTO, Co-Founder

Prashant Choudhary is the CTO & Co-Founder at Guiddoo World. With a combination of superior technology and entrepreneurial skills, he has developed expertise in building customer centric products and solutions, across diverse industry verticals. He specializes in handling projects globally (Asia Pacific, Russia, Ukraine, Europe and North America) spanning Cloud Management, Monitoring, Remote management, Integration and APIs. Chef, Ansible Orchestration, Business Process Workflow, Enterprise Application Integration. He has previously worked with Ericsson India as Head of its Mobile Development team and is an alumnus of IIT Kharagpur.

He has been instrumental in bringing new innovations that have helped the organization achieve exponential growth, since the inception. He has been widely profiled in news as the ‘innovation’ front for the organization. Some of the current projects that he is working on include NLG, Voice Search and AI to better enhance the search and discovery part of experiences for the traveler on the Guiddoo platform.
Biswajeet Karmakar
BISWAJEET KARMAKAR

Sales Director, Founding Member

Biswajeet Karmakar is the Sales Head and Founding Team member at Guiddoo World. His vast experience in Sales and expertise in network expansion, partnership and alliances, and Marketing has helped Guiddoo to register phenomenal growth, in a short span of time. Today Guiddoo has 4000+ Travel agents in its network built by the sales team under Biswajeet. He has been instrumental in building trust and retention the ground agent network and has been spearheading the travel trade outreach program of Guiddoo World.

Biswajeet is an engineer by education and is an Alumni of KJ Somaiya College Of Engineering.

OUR PARTNERS

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News Articles

Guiddoo in the news

Guiddoo set to introduce new domain to woo travel agents in China

ChinaTravelNew, Xenia Wang - The landscape of the tours and activities market is fragmented, but it is finally going digital as big players such as Expedia, Booking Holdings, Airbnb and GetYourGuide are increasingly stepping up the game. Emerging startups, Singapore-based travel technology company Guiddoo among them, are also trying to grab a share of the pie of the in-destination tours and activities market.

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Destination experience aggregator Guiddoo to enter China market

In-destination experience aggregator, Guiddoo World Travels is all set to enter the Chinese market. The Dubai-based B2B aggregator and listed in Singapore, has a strong presence in India already with a travel agent network of 4,000 in over 10 cities. Guiddoo, according to Vineet Budki, CEO & Founder, will be opening an office in Shanghai this week to offer their products and services to Chinese travel agents and DMCs. “We have built strong end to end contracting in lot of destinations. Therefore, we want to look at opportunities at different source markets now, and China is the first one. The China outbound is quite important considering the numbers have already reached 150 million,” he said.

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Traveltech Startup Guiddoo Raises Funds To Lure In China’s Tourists

Mumbai-based travel technology company Guiddoo has raised an undisclosed amount of funding from New Jersey-based global venture capital firm SOSV and Artesian China Fund to expand its services to China.

The company will be using the funds to build its products and offerings specifically for the China market and to strengthen its on ground operations and product development.

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'Young Turks' introduces Guiddoo to enhance traveling

The app provides highly researched content and offers a step-by-step tour where user can see the sights along with historic details.

Guiddoo helps users to get rid of the hassel of hiring a tour guide by providing a personal audio-visual travel guide to world famous monuments.

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Travelling abroad? These 5 apps can make your holiday experience better

Guiddoo is a one-stop shop for in-destination experiences. It offers a wide array of services such as tours and activities, dining, entertainment and shopping as add-ons to the Indian outbound travellers and also curates special packages for them. Guiddoo is making a rapid foray into the Indian travel market. It offers travel partners and Indian international travellers curated in-destination experiences (tours & activities, dining, shopping, entertainment), which are ideally suited for the Indian traveller profile that is quite different from global products, culinary habits, and prices among other things.

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Customised packages will gain momentum

The global travel industry is set to expand with number of international travelers expected to reach 1.8 billion by 2030, according to a UN WTO report. Even as the market expands, the new age travelers is looking for experiences different from the routine. Instead of the usual touristy holidays they want to get off the beaten tracks to explore more. To cater to this segment, there’s a growing opportunity in in-destination tours, activities, dining etc according to Vineet Budki, co-founder & CEO at Guiddoo World. In an e-mail interaction with ET, Budki discusses travel trends, curated holidays and more. Edited excerpts:

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How travel startup Guiddoo helps build your holiday experience

In 2013, Vineet Budki and his wife Nidhi Varma took a trip to Paris. They were looking for a wholesome experience from their much-anticipated visit to the city. It didn’t quite turn out that way. The first day they went to see the Eiffel Tower, it was closed. The second day, they couldn’t go to the tower top, as it was too crowded.

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Entrepreneurs of the Week: Vineet Budki and Nidhi Varma, founders

Vineet Budki and Nidhi Varma, the husband-and-wife founders of Guiddoo World, a Dubai-based travel technology start-up, believe that informal professional networks and communities are as important to start-up founders as formal entrepreneurship-oriented institutions.

Their recently launched grassroots initiative, Social Startupz, envisioned as a series of monthly informal meet-ups, is to serve as an important source of support to local entrepreneurs starting their businesses, going through challenging times, or needing an introduction to investors, mentors, as well as media representatives.

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This couple decide to start a location based travel app after a bad travel

I remember looking for 'something to do' during my first solo international trip some years ago. The destinations were new and unlike the past couple of years, internet and mobile did not offer as many options then. So the most common means of discovery were to reach the destination and figure things out. But then, that's the case even today; while there isn't a lack of information per se, most of us still look for informational and transactional needs locally.

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Virtual tour sites, apps make travel an easier ride

Nidhi Varma might have got that breathtaking view of Paris from the top of the Eiffel Tower had she taken a virtual tour earlier. But then, she hadn’t started her company yet.

Her visit to the iconic monument a year ago hadn’t been pleasant. “Apart from waiting for three long hours, the top floor closed down when we reached, and we did not even know that the first floor existed," said Varma, a former airline employee who toured Paris with her husband Vineet Varma.

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Tours and activities provider Guiddoo raises $800,000 to expand operations and products

Indian in-destination experiences provider Guiddoo has raised $800,000 in pre-Series A funding.Singapore-based Rennie Ratadia, Dubai-based Stephen Dmello and India-based Angshuman Sarkar led the funding round.

With the funds, Guiddoo plans to reach new destinations globally, further develop its technology platform and expand operations and its product portfolio.

It aims to have operations in China by February 2019, as well as plans to build a pan-Indian distribution network for its tours and activities and holiday products.

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WIT START-UP PITCH: GUIDDOO – TOUR GUIDES & ACTIVITIES IN ONE APP

Vineet Budki, VP Strategy for Guiddoo, tells WIT how it wants to be the Skyscanner of Tours and Activities that enhances a traveller’s in-destination experience.

Q. Describe the business, core products and services in one paragraph

Guiddoo is a start-up that does tour guiding and gctivity meta-search for B2C (main focus area) and B2B clients (secondary focus area) on the mobile platform of iOS and Android.

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This Indian startup converts your smartphone into a tour guide

Imagine you’re on a holiday trip to Paris, visiting the Louvre for the first time. Your guide book tells you it’s one of the top 10 things to do while in Paris. However, on reaching the Louvre, you have absolutely no idea what to do next. You might follow the crowd cluelessly or rely on the judgment of a tour guide – being constantly herded around as part of a big group, and sticking to someone else’s schedule. To address these universal travel woes, Mumbai-based startup Guiddoo created an app for travellers that acts as a smart alternative to expensive tour guides.

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