New Delhi, 23rd August 2023 – Travel Buddy, a new-age social travel network and experiences marketplace, has unveiled its expansion plans to create authentic experiences for users in Southeast Asia and the SAARC region by 2025. Home to over 2.5 million users, Travel Buddy is a one-stop platform designed to cater to the diverse needs of travel enthusiasts, whether you are looking for like-minded people for your next trip, localised information about a particular place or even travel-related service.
With the active participation of 85,000+ travel suppliers and insights from 10,000+ travel influencers, Travel Buddy offers a fresh, localised and enriching perspective on exploring different parts of India. Boasting an impressive record, the platform has over 60,000 premium subscription members from 2,000+ cities, and within the first month of its launch, Travel Buddy had already facilitated the sale of over 250 unique travel experiences, redefining the way people engage with travel and adventure.
Travel Buddy has established itself as a travel-friendly marketplace for both inbound and outbound travellers, and is further looking at strengthening its roots in every corner of the country. This will enable the company to build a strong brand that attracts and builds local influencers network for when it steps foot in the Southeast Asian and SAARC region.
Speaking on the expansion plans, Mr. Saurav Chakraborty, Founder and CEO of Travel Buddy, said – ‘’Travel Buddy is on a journey to redefine how travellers experience destinations and their localised culture. We empower, both, explorers and locals to foster meaningful interactions and authentic experiences. Our immediate plan of action is to add 1000 more unique experiences by 2023 – that the travellers reminiscence for lifetime. We are more focused than ever and while we are passionately creating experiences in India, we have plans to build and drive the same experiences in the SAARC and in the Southeast Asian region in 2025, and we are very optimistic.’’
Travel Buddy is swiftly aiming to cater to inbound travellers arriving in India, with immediate intent rather than waiting for the years 2024 or 2025. Their primary objective revolves around establishing a robust network of local influencers to enhance the experience of foreigners visiting India. Given the rapid growth of inbound tourism and its significance within the Indian tourism sector, Travel Buddy is deeply committed to contributing to and benefiting from this flourishing trend.
As the global travel landscape evolves, Travel Buddy is positioned to contribute positively to inbound tourism in India, aligning with Prime Minister Modi’s vision to enhance the country’s appeal as a tourist destination. By offering verified and vetted local experts, Travel Buddy aims to boost the trust and confidence of international travellers. Travel Buddy’s uniqueness stems from its emphasis on local influencers who act as trusted guides, revealing the hidden gems and distinctive aspects of various destinations. With more than 10,000 verified local influencers across 150+ cities in India, Travel Buddy has already carved a niche for itself in the market. The initiative embodies the ethos of “Atithi Devo Bhava” – the welcoming nature of Indians – which is being extended globally to put India on the travel map.
With a commitment to Environment, Sustainability, and Governance (ESG), Travel Buddy is also setting itself apart by proactively addressing the ecological impact of travel. The company’s advisory board, composed of seasoned industry experts, underscores its commitment to responsible growth and innovation.