After two years of strict social distancing and masking mandates due to the COVID-19 pandemic, South Korea has now largely abandoned its aggressive restrictions. The country has opened up to international tourists, eliminated quarantine rules and made domestic travel easier.
South Koreans are rushing to travel domestically and abroad – in what’s being called ‘revenge travel’ – a trending term on social media as people scramble to book trips to the abroad delayed by coronavirus restrictions. Korean travel startups are regaining momentum and expecting a boom in business in the coming years.
Travel agencies offer innovative packages to entice customers, offering special package tours, individual tours and personalized trips. Travelers are looking for more personalized options to plan their trip, choose exciting destinations, select the best hotels and enjoy unique experiences.
Korean startups are innovating the travel experience with unique services that help travelers buy trips, select the best destinations and hotels, and choose the best experiences based on the reviews and experiences of other travelers. Find out how exciting apps and services from Korean startups are helping travelers get a complete “personalized travel experience”.
Shopping for travel
Company in retreat, a start-up that operates an AI-powered video review service “V Review”, helps customers purchase travel items.
V-Review allows users to view products in 3D to have a more vivid shopping experience than photos. V-Review only uploads high quality video reviews from genuine buyers. Users can complete the first step of preparing for a trip with a hassle-free shopping experience, Indent claims.
Also, suggesting the increase in travel is that recently there has been an increase in video review uploads of various travel and outdoor camping articles. Camping supplies such as tents, folding chairs, etc. are often uploaded directly on site. Users can check them in advance through video reviews to increase their understanding of the product. In addition, users can experience the liveliness and unique sensibility of the campsite in advance through video reviews of lanterns and lights that enhance the atmosphere of the campsite. Now, video reviews go beyond simply providing product information and serve as unique content to share and expand the shopping experience.
Tripbtoz, a startup specializing in travel, is developing a service allowing users to share their travel videos on the platform. Other users who have viewed them can book hotels in the video in real time. It does not just trade accommodation services, but provides animated travel video content for general users to help them indirectly discover various travel destinations and connect accommodation bookings in the region.
When accessing the Tripbtoz app, other users’ travel videos are shown on the main screen. You can find various accommodations in the area via the side booking button. In particular, by subdividing the categories according to the purpose of travel into business travel, family travel and pets, it is possible to compare and book accommodations optimized for each user.
What to live
As there are countless restaurants, accommodations and tourist facilities in travel destinations, many people find it difficult to plan their itineraries. “Yeoda”, a domestic travel itinerary service operated by Stority, uses artificial intelligence technology to provide a personalized travel experience with personalized travel itineraries. Customers planning a trip are asked questions in eight areas, including companion information, travel style, interests and accommodation preferences. When the customer completes an answer, a personalized travel itinerary is provided free of charge within 3 minutes.
Yeoda’s recommendation algorithm, which works based on unique travel destination data, recommends the most suitable place to the user and optimizes the travel route between the recommended places. Since the launch of the ‘Yeoda’ service in May 2021, he has created more than 80,000 travel routes through this service.
Recently, a function allowing users to freely change the travel schedules created by ‘Yeoda’ has been released, further improving the convenience of customers. In addition, “Weekly Yeoda”, a curation service that recommends new travel locations and travel routes, is also attracting attention.
No worries about extra luggage
The “Good Lugg Company” global luggage service provides users with a lighter travel experience with the vision of “total travel luggage freedom”. It provided same-day luggage delivery service between hotels and airports in 11 Asian cities, including Singapore, Osaka and Bangkok. It continued its luggage storage services in 250 cities, including Europe and the United States.
In addition, by launching Korea’s first “direct luggage delivery service”, it is designed to deliver luggage directly between home and hotel for customers traveling in Jeju and Busan. If a traveler drops off their bags one day before departure, they can be delivered to the hotel the same day. Conversely, if the traveler leaves his luggage at the time of departure, he can collect it at home the next day. So travelers can shop as much as they want without worrying about excess baggage on flights.
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