3 Tourist Guide Business Success Stories [2022]

3 Tourist Guide Business Success Stories [2022]
Start A Tourist Guide Business

There's no denying the profitability of a tourism business. If you know the state and cities well, starting a tour guide business can be a very lucrative idea. All you need is a license, and you can soon start working as a tour guide.

Listed are the steps on how to start a tour guide business.

  • Register your tour guide name business
  • Obtain necessary licenses
  • Open a bank account for business transactions
  • Organize your business operations
  • Start to promote and get clients

Here are some real life success stories of starting a tourist guide business:

1. SmartGuide ($360K/year)

Jan Dolezal (from Prague, Czechia) started SmartGuide over 4 years ago.

$30K / month
3 founders / 15 employees

Case Study

My name is Jan Doležal and I founded SmartGuide with the mission to turn tourists into explorers. The SmartGuide app turns every phone into a personal tour guide. It guides travelers using audio, geolocation, and Augmented Reality like a live guide, outside of the crowds, safe from Covid-19.


2. No Code Map App ($2.4K/year)

Nan Zhou (from Hong Kong) started No Code Map App 10 months ago.

$200 / month
2 founders / 0 employees

Case Study

Hi! I am Nan and I am the founder of No Code Map App - a no code builder for creating custom interactive maps with dynamic filters. It is designed for businesses to build an agency-quality interactive map without coding.

We launched 3 months ago and started monetizing at the end of March. April was our first full month of taking payments and we made >$400.


3. ToursByLocals ($97.3M/year)

The tours and experiences market is projected to be worth $183 billion this year, and today a startup that has made inroads into the space through bootstrapping is announcing its first outside investment. ToursByLocals — which sources local guides in some 162 countries, then helps tourists search and book them for either individual or small […]

Paul Melhus (from Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada) started ToursByLocals over 14 years ago.

$8.11M / month
1 founders / 290 employees

Case Study

Paul Melhus is the CEO and founder of ToursByLocals, one of the top suppliers of private tours worldwide.

ToursByLocals offers exceptional travel experiences in more than 190 countries worldwide. It connects discerning travelers looking for customized private tours with handpicked tour guides.

This company now operates in more than 130 countries with 1700 carefully chosen tour guides.

They have provided their guide partners while serving more than 220,000 customers.


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