South Korean startup Travelous said Dec. 13 that it plans to launch an open beta version of its website Dec. 16, to connect Korean travelers through the app at certain overseas tourist spots.
At launch time the online service, called Traveli, will be available in Bangkok and the Vietnamese city Da Nang.
The website’s key function is to verify the identities of solo travelers by checking their passports. Verified users -- traveling solo or in a small group -- can create and join chat rooms to connect with each other in real time without having to exchange personal information like names or points of contact. Users in chat rooms can arrange to get together offline and visit destinations such as restaurants or markets, where group travel is often preferred.
“Finding travel companions often enhances one’s travel experience and results in fond memories, but in reality, it is difficult and tedious to find someone with a similar taste, hoping to do the same activity on the same day,” Travelous CEO Chang Joon-hyuk said. “In that sense, Traveli is designed to offer travelers a delightful experience.”
Chang added that the mobile app is poised for launch by the middle of next year.
Travelous teamed up with Seoul-based big data consultancy Data Marketing Korea to enhance the user experience.
By Son Ji-hyoung (firstname.lastname@example.org)