Welcome surpasses 160 destinations as it announces the launch of 6 new destinations: Belfast, Hamburg, Lanzarote, Tbilisi, Yerevan and San Juan.
Athens, Greece – October 13th, 2023: With its continued commitment to delivering exceptional in-destination services to as many destinations as possible, Welcome Pickups is proud to announce its expansion into six exciting new destinations. Travellers can now enjoy personalised transfers in Belfast, Welcome’s latest destination in the United Kingdom. According to the Irish Tourism Industry Council, close to 1.7 million overseas visitors arrived in the first three months of 2023, with strong demand from mainland Europe and North America. With a population of almost 300,000, Belfast has transformed into a cosmopolitan hub that offers an energising getaway for all types of travellers. From the iconic Ulster Folk Museum to the historic Belfast Cathedral, award-winning restaurants and lively bars, Belfast has something for everyone.
Following successful launches in Berlin and Frankfurt, Welcome Pickups is now live in Hamburg, the company’s 4th destination in Germany. With over 7.6 million overnight stays in the first half of 2023, Hamburg remains one of Germany’s most popular tourist destinations. The energetic city, often called the “Venice of the North”, boasts an impressive harbour, red-brick architecture, an array of fine dining spots, and a lively university quarter. Hamburg’s unique blend of culture, history, and nightlife makes it a must-visit destination. Another European destination, the beautiful Spanish island of Lanzarote, becomes Welcome’s 13th destination in Spain. Despite its small size, Lanzarote attracts around 3 million tourists annually. The island offers stunning volcanic landscapes, sweeping beaches and year-round warm weather, making it the perfect destination for relaxation and outdoor activities like hiking and scuba diving. Additionally, visitors can enjoy their stay with a wide variety of accommodation options, from luxury hotels to budget-friendly flats.
As Welcome’s expansion efforts in the Middle East and Africa continue, the company is thrilled to introduce Tbilisi as its debut destination in Georgia. The country has seen remarkable tourism recovery since the pandemic, with 2.86 million international travellers visiting in the first half of 2023. Tbilisi, a capital city straight out of a Gothic fairytale, offers a deep valley backdrop, quaint cobblestoned streets, a burgeoning art community, and fantastic cuisine. The city’s alternative culture and techno scene add to its cosmopolitan charm, making it a vibrant destination for young travellers and culture seekers. Moreover, globe-trotters around the world can now rely on Welcome’s support in Yerevan, its 1st destination in Armenia. The capital city combines a fascinating history with a growing contemporary scene. Visitors can explore the Matenadaran library which houses ancient manuscripts, and the ruins of the Erebuni Fortress, built in 782 BC. The city’s architecture, marked by grand Soviet-era buildings, offers a unique setting for its dynamic culture and warm hospitality.
Finally, in a move to further consolidate its presence in the Caribbean, Welcome kick starts operations in San Juan, its 1st destination in Puerto Rico. San Juan is a cultural capital and sunny Caribbean beach destination rolled into one. The city boasts Spanish colonial buildings in El Viejo San Juan, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and impressive fortresses like El Morro. Visitors can enjoy the Isla Verde resort strip, beautiful beaches, and vibrant nightlife.
Partnering with Welcome Pickups allows hotels, affiliates, vacation rental managers and travel agencies to offer premium services to their guests whilst simultaneously boosting revenue. If you join the 50+ travel partners partnering with Welcome every month, you’ll be able to provide a seamless travel service, add value to your customer experience and upgrade your operations. You can book a demo here to discover more about Welcome Pickups’ personalised transfer services, integrated booking platform, trained English-speaking drivers and 24/7 customer support.
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.
– 150 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.
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.