GetYourGuide Named To Fast Company’s List Of The World’s Most Innovative Companies for 2019
Travel activity platform achieves No. 3 spot in Most Innovative Companies in Travel
BERLIN — 20 Feb 2019 — GetYourGuide, the booking platform for incredible travel experiences, has been named to Fast Company’s prestigious annual list of the World’s Most Innovative Companies for 2019. GetYourGuide achieved the ranking of No. 3 most innovative company in travel, marking the highest placement of any company in the tours and activities sector.
Fast Company’s annual List of The Most Innovative Companies honors the businesses making the most profound impact on both industry and culture, showcasing a variety of ways to thrive in today’s volatile world. Half the companies on this year’s list are appearing for the first time, including GetYourGuide.
“This recognition from Fast Company is an honor and a validation,” said Johannes Reck, CEO and co-founder of GetYourGuide. “We've been on a journey to help travelers love where they're going by bringing the world’s greatest experiences to their fingertips. 2018, our best year yet by any measure, was a turning point on that journey; and this award is a recognition of the ingenuity and hard work of our global team. Yet, 2019 is set to be even bigger for GetYourGuide.”
According to Fast Company, GetYourGuide was named a 2019 Most Innovative Company in Travel for the positive impact it has made on the travel planning experience. GetYourGuide connects a global audience of travelers with thousands of tour and activity providers around the world, offering an intuitive booking platform with translation services, multi-currency support, and same-day booking capabilities via digital ticketing and mobile-friendly vouchers. Today, over 97 percent of the 36,000+ activities on GetYourGuide can be booked same-day.
GetYourGuide was also recognized for its custom-branded Originals tour category. Launched in August 2018, GetYourGuide Originals is the first vertically-integrated product in tours and activities. Based on a decade of customer happiness data, seven Originals tours in four iconic European destinations now offer curated itineraries and special access to top attractions and landmarks. Since launch, more than 20,000 Originals tours have been booked; these experiences consistently garner review scores 30% higher than non-Original tours. At least 30 new Originals tours are slated to launch in 15 destinations by Summer 2019.
Fast Company also heralded GetYourGuide’s impact on the effects of overtourism in the world’s most visited cities. The platform’s digital ticketing solution helps attractions more effectively forecast tourist traffic, makes entry points more efficient, and distributes visitors more evenly throughout the day. In one case study, Amsterdam’s Van Gogh Museum found that crowds thinned, lines shortened and the museum was able to better predict visitor numbers, resulting in a 10 percent increase in the museum’s visitor capacity.
The World’s Most Innovative Companies is Fast Company’s signature franchise and one of its most highly anticipated editorial efforts of the year. It provides both a snapshot and a road map for the future of innovation across the most dynamic sectors of the economy. Fast Company’s Most Innovative Companies issue (March-April 2019) is now available online at https://www.fastcompany.com/MIC, as well as in app form via iTunes and on newsstands beginning February 27th. The hashtag is #fcmostinnovative.
GetYourGuide is the booking platform for incredible travel experiences. Powered by a global team of over 400 travel experts, GetYourGuide helps travelers find the best things to do wherever they’re headed — including skip-the-line tickets to the world’s most iconic attractions, walking tours by top local experts, immersive food and beverage tours, cooking and craft classes, bucket-list experiences and niche offerings you won’t find anywhere else. Since its founding in 2009, travelers from more than 155 countries have booked over 15 million tours, activities and attraction tickets through GetYourGuide. The company is based in Berlin, Germany and has offices in 14 countries around the world. For more information, please visit www.getyourguide.com.
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