Welcome Pickups expands its footprint in North America with the launch of 7 exciting new destinations: Austin, Houston, Seattle, Tampa, Atlanta, Panama City, and Barbados. 

Athens, Greece – December 18th, 2023: Welcome Pickups extends its premium ground transportation services to 5 additional US cities, including two in Texas – Austin and Houston. Austin, famously known as the “Live Music Capital of the World,” is Welcome’s 8th destination in the United States. With approximately 27 million annual visitors, the city’s renowned festivals, live music venues, exceptional dining options, and outdoor activities contribute to Austin’s universal appeal, making it an ideal destination for a diverse range of travellers. With an average of 20 million tourists each year, Houston is the company’s 9th US destination. Visitors can immerse themselves in a thriving arts scene, explore a diverse culinary landscape, and visit attractions such as Space Center Houston, which showcases NASA’s historic Mission Control.

Following the success of New York, Washington D.C. and Boston, travellers can now book Welcome transfers in Seattle, the company’s 10th destination in the US. Surrounded by lakes, waterfalls, and three national parks, Seattle is a magnet for outdoor enthusiasts. Moreover, the city’s arts scene, charming eateries, and attractions like the Glass Museum and the Central Public Library make it an exceptional destination for short stays or mini-breaks.

In addition to this, Welcome also launched operations in Tampa, Florida. Tampa International Airport welcomes 22 million annual passengers and recently achieved the top spot in the Hospitality Group and Business Performance Index. Tampa boasts an exciting art world, enchanting walking trails, and a thriving craft beer and dining scene. Ranked 5th in the US for domestic overnight visitation and crowned the 4th best city in Lonely Planet’s top 10 cities list in 2022, Atlanta, Georgia marks Welcome’s 12th US destination. Known as the “Capital of the New South”, the city boasts historical landmarks such as the Atlanta History Center and the Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site.

Moving away from the US, Welcome makes its debut in Panama as it kick-starts operations in Panama City. Tocumen Airport welcomed a total of 18.2 million passengers in 2023, showcasing a full post-pandemic recovery. Known for its stunning natural surroundings and historical attractions, the vibrant multicultural city offers plenty of outdoor activities and iconic sights such as the Panama Canal. 

Lastly, Barbados joins the likes of Antigua and Aruba, marking Welcome’s 10th destination in the Caribbean. Following a full pandemic recovery, Barbados averages 500,000 visitors annually, with hotel room occupancy rates averaging 82.3% over the 2023 peak season. The island’s rich cultural heritage and stunning landscape make it perfect for romantic getaways and adventure activities.


With a transfer solution specially designed to support travel and hospitality businesses, partnering with Welcome Pickups is a surefire way for hotels, affiliates, vacation rental managers and travel agencies to add value to their customer experience whilst boosting revenue. If you’re tempted to join the 50+ travel partners partnering with Welcome every month, sign up for free and find out more details about Welcome Pickups’ personalised transfer service, carefully curated private tours, trained English-speaking drivers and 24/7 customer service.


About Welcome Pickups

Founded in 2015 in Athens, Greece, Welcome Pickups is a VC-backed travel/tech startup that has transformed simple airport pickups into value-driven travel experiences. As the company continues to grow and scale its operations to significant destinations globally, Welcome is quickly becoming a global category leader for in-destination travel services.

– One of the highest-rated global transportation companies, rated 4.9 out of 5 stars on TripAdvisor, Trustpilot and other top review platforms.

– 2022 TripAdvisor Travellers’ Choice Award Winner for Transportation.

– 180 destinations in 70+ countries – with goals to reach 400 by 2024 EOY.

– Over 3,000 travel partners – adding 50+ new ones to its portfolio monthly.

– Over 1.5 million happy travellers every year.

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