Welcome Pickups is on track to achieve its 2023 expansion goals as it launches in yet another 5 destinations: Tirana, Tivat, Chiang Mai, Mexico City and Durban.

August 10th, 2023, Athens – Welcome continues to meet its expansion goals as it announces the start of operations in 5 fantastic new destinations. Motivated by its success in Europe, Welcome Pickups is now offering its premium airport transfer services in Tirana, the company’s 1st active destination in Albania. The bustling capital is a thriving economic, social, and cultural centre and an up-and-coming destination amongst travellers. With Tirana Airport recently celebrating its 5 millionth passenger, the city’s popularity is clearly on the rise. Hailed as one of Europe’s last hidden gems, Albania promises unspoiled beauty and a fascinating past. With a Mediterranean climate, charming churches, and historic landmarks like the 1789 Et’hem Bey Mosque and the Sahat-Kulla Clock Tower, the city boasts an intriguing tapestry of culture and architecture for visitors to explore.

Moreover, inspired by the positive results of the recent Podgorica launch, Welcome is now operating in Tivat, its 2nd destination in Montenegro. From seamless airport transfers to enriching experiences, visitors can now explore this underrated city with Welcome’s support. Tivat Airport records over 1 million visitors annually and the city offers a range of accommodations, from luxurious resorts and swanky hotels to cosy guesthouses and budget apartments. Travellers can drink in picturesque landscapes and explore captivating attractions like Porto Montenegro Marina, a popular spot for yachting enthusiasts, and the historic town of Kotor, a UNESCO World Heritage site, with its mediaeval architecture and stunning bay views.

Moving further afield to Asia, recent expansion efforts led to Welcome’s debut in Chiang Mai, the company’s 3rd destination in Thailand. Chiang Mai’s tourism is making a promising post-covid recovery, with hotel occupancy rates reaching 75% in the first 5 months of 2023. Otherwise known as the “Rose of the North,” the city draws visitors with its rich cultural heritage, lush landscapes, and colourful markets. Holidaymakers can check out ornate temples, such as Wat Phra Singh and Doi Suthep, explore the city’s night bazaars and bustling streets, or sample the sumptuous street food. Following the success of operations in Cancun, Cabo San Lucas and Puerto Vallarta, Welcome brings its personalised services to its 4th destination in Mexico, Mexico City. In 2022, Mexico City Airport welcomed over 46.25 million passengers, illustrating the immense potential for airport transfer services. The city embodies a vivid blend of culture and history and offers a myriad of attractions. From ancient wonders like the Templo Mayor to the Frida Kahlo Museum, travellers will have an unforgettable experience exploring this vibrant city.

With an established presence in Cape Town and Johannesburg, Welcome is excited to kick start operations in its 3rd destination in South Africa, Durban. As the gateway to Durban and the KwaZulu-Natal province, King Shaka Airport receives approximately 2 million travellers annually. The city’s dynamic mix of urban life and coastal charm makes it a haven for leisure and business travellers alike. From its stunning beaches along the Golden Mile to the cultural richness of the Victoria Street Market and uShaka Marine World, Durban captivates diverse audiences and continues to attract more visitors year on year.

With a transfer solution specially designed to support companies within the travel industry, partnering with Welcome Pickups is a surefire way for hotels, affiliates, vacation rental managers and travel agencies to provide a seamless travel experience for their customers whilst increasing their revenue and staying one step ahead of the competition.

If you’re tempted to join the 50+ travel partners partnering with Welcome every month, you can book a demo 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 turned 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 with a rating of 4.9 out of 5 stars on TripAdvisor, Trustpilot, and other top review platforms.
– 145 destinations in 67 countries – with goals to reach 400 by 2024 EOY.
– 45 new destinations launched in 2022.
– Over 2,000 travel partners – adding 50+ new ones to its portfolio monthly.
– Over 1 million happy travellers every year.

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Welcome Pickups is a leading ground transportation solution, offering travellers the best end-to-end in-destination experience. Beyond our transfer services and sightseeing rides, the technology we provide and the data we collect enables our trusted drivers, accommodation providers and partners to seamlessly enhance and personalise a travellers entire stay.