HANOI -- Malaysia-based travel tech company Tourplus has secured $1 million in seed funding from angel investor Jin Hui Wong, GT-MAX, SOSV Chinaccelerator and a number of other undisclosed investors, e27 reported on Oct. 29.
The proceeds will be used for product enhancement, marketing and finding new talent.
Founded in 2014 by Rickson Goh, Tourplus is an online travel marketplace for those who want to be assured of safety and not have to worry about language barriers. Tourplus helps travelers connect directly to local guides via its website and mobile app, and lets guides earn using the app.
It raised 500,000 Malaysian ringgit ($123,000) from an undisclosed investor in a 2018 pre-seed round.
Goh said the company has focused on product development, marketing and increasing the number of registered tour guides.
In a recent interview, Goh told DealStreetAsia that the company will focus on domestic tourism through 2021 amid COVID-induced international travel bans. "We are enhancing our business to target domestic travelers, offering location-based travel information through our app, which allows travelers to find places of interest, food and things to do, as well as prepare [an itinerary]," said Goh.
Tourplus's app will include a digital directory for merchants to list shops and products. It will also allow travelers to write reviews.
"Our investments continue to focus on building technology to capture more local travel data that allows businesses to understand new tourist behaviors," he said.
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