Welcome Pickups now operates in Verona, Reykjavik, Düsseldorf, Muscat and Riyadh.

Athens, Greece – November 16th, 2023: Welcome Pickups proudly announces its latest expansion into five new destinations, strengthening its presence across two continents. As a result of focused efforts on launching more destinations in Europe, Welcome introduces its premium transfer services to its 12th destination in Italy, Verona. Following a significant rise in tourist arrivals in the region of Veneto, Verona saw roughly 4.9 million arrivals in 2022, indicating a successful post-pandemic comeback. Renowned for its mediaeval old town and as the setting of Shakespeare’s “Romeo and Juliet”, the charming city offers visitors a romantic backdrop and a rich history dating back to Roman times.

As Welcome continues its expansion across Europe, the company lands in Iceland for the first time, bringing its services to the country’s famous capital, Reykjavik. The CEO of the Icelandic Travel Industry Association predicted that 2023 could be a bigger year for tourism than the record years before the pandemic, and this year’s numbers suggest Iceland has in fact experienced an impressive surge in tourism. Situated on Iceland’s coast, Reykjavik is a base for exploring the country’s natural wonders and boasts attractions such as the Blue Lagoon Spa, the Northern Lights Center and a vibrant nightlife.

Following the success of operations in Berlin, Munich and Hamburg, Düsseldorf joins the ranks as the company’s 6th destination in Germany. Düsseldorf’s position as an international business hub makes it an ideal location for business travellers and a great addition to Welcome’s portfolio. Considered one of the top cities for foreign direct investment, the city offers a blend of contemporary architecture, modern spaces, world-class shopping experiences, and a diverse culinary scene.

Moving across to Asia, Welcome’s next exciting debut allows travellers to take advantage of its services in Muscat, Oman. As the country’s tourism industry continues to flourish, Oman’s international tourist arrivals numbers are on track to hit the projected 20.8% annual increase for 2023. Surrounded by towering mountains, Oman’s port capital is one of the Middle East’s oldest and most beautiful cities, making it a history and culture buff’s dream. From historic sites and mosaic-covered mosques to vibrant souks and spectacular seafood, Muscat is the perfect destination to immerse yourself in Arab culture.

Finally, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is the latest country to join Welcome’s network, as the company launches operations in its capital, Riyadh. Saudi Arabia ranked second globally in terms of tourist arrivals during the first seven months of 2023, marking a notable milestone for the Kingdom. Where dazzling high-rise buildings and designer boutiques sit alongside traditional souks and ancient architecture, Riyadh doubles up as a cultural gem and one of the wealthiest cities in the world. Some must-sees include the Al Rajhi Mosque and the At-Turaif UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Welcome Pickups’ dedicated transfer solution is tailored to meet the unique needs of hotels, affiliates, vacation rental managers, and travel agencies, allowing travel businesses to add value to their customer experience and boost revenue. If you’d like to join the 2,500+ travel partners working with us, sign up for free and explore how Welcome Pickups can revolutionise your business today.


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.

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

– Over 2,500 travel partners – adding 50+ new ones to its portfolio monthly.

– Over 1.5 million happy travellers every year.

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