3 Travel Directory Success Stories [2022]

3 Travel Directory Success Stories [2022]
Start A Travel Directory

An online travel directory is a site that provides travelers with tons of trusted reviews and tips to help people travel across the globe. Users can add destinations from their travel agent’s listings or local business listings based on reviews and testimonials from the online travel directory.

Here are some real life success stories of starting a travel directory:

1. Hotels Etc. INC ($3M/year)

Shawn Pigg (from Loganville) started Hotels Etc. INC over 26 years ago.

$250K / month
1 founders / 14 employees

Case Study

Hello, my name is Shawn Pigg and I am the CEO of Hotels Etc. Launched in 1996, I purchased the company more than 15 years ago to bring true discounts to travelers and to help businesses increase revenue.

Hotels Etc. is now a multimillion-dollar company and one of the oldest membership programs on the net today.


2. CuddlyNest ($2.8M/year)

Ritesh Raj (from Orlando, Florida, EE. UU.) started CuddlyNest almost 6 years ago.

$233K / month
2 founders / 72 employees

Case Study

I’m Ritesh Raj, the co-founder, and COO of CuddlyNest, an accommodation booking platform for travelers. I have a travel tech background of over 13 years—so I’ve been at it since 2009!

That means focusing on all kinds of travelers, who are looking for all kinds of property types, with all kinds of budgets. Our inventory currently includes over four million properties of all types in 80k+ cities!


3. 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.


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