Welcome Pickups is thrilled to announce the addition of 6 destinations to its portfolio; Boston, Washington, D.C., Nairobi, Mahe, Mumbai and Koh Samui.
Athens, Greece – October 2nd, 2023: Welcome Pickups continues to strengthen its global presence, nearing closer to its 2022 expansion goals with the launch of operations in 6 fantastic new destinations. As Welcome builds on the successes achieved in iconic cities like New York and Miami, the company introduces its personalised services to Boston, marking its 6th destination in the United States. Boston Airport welcomes approximately 25 million passengers annually, and with recent additions to the city’s accommodations such as the Hilton Canopy in Faneuil Hall and Raffles Hotel in Back Bay, the city’s tourism sector shows no signs of slowing down. Boston offers an enticing mix of historical richness, culinary diversity, and scenic beauty, with famous attractions like the Freedom Trail and Fenway Park. Welcome also launched its 7th U.S. destination this week, introducing its in-destination travel services to Washington, D.C. In 2022, around 21.9 million visitors flocked to the nation’s capital, with domestic tourism making a strong comeback, almost reaching pre-pandemic levels. Notably, the D.C. metro area secured the third spot in WalletHub’s 2023 ranking of the best summer vacation spots. The city’s appeal extends beyond its political significance, offering lush parks, iconic cherry blossoms, and hidden gems like Hillwood Estate and the Albert Einstein Memorial. Washington, D.C. is filled with museums, memorials and historical buildings, making it an ideal destination for history and culture buffs.
Moving on to Africa, positive results in destinations such as Morocco and Tanzania have paved the way for Welcome’s expansion into Nairobi, Kenya, its 8th destination in Africa. Kenya witnessed an impressive 32% increase in international tourist arrivals in the first half of 2023 reaching 847,810 visitors, representing a 92% recovery compared to 2019. Nairobi, known as the “Safari Capital of Africa,” offers a vibrant blend of wildlife and culture. This cosmopolitan city is a gateway to Kenya’s rich history, wildlife, and modern life. From bustling markets to cultural performances, Nairobi beckons with diverse experiences. It’s not just a stopover for safari lovers; it’s a city well worth exploring if you want to see Kenya in all its glory. Explore the Karen Blixen Museum, visit the Giraffe Centre, or marvel at Nairobi National Park’s black rhinos. Additionally, travellers can now take advantage of Welcome’s unparalleled services in Mahe, Seychelles, its 9th African destination. Seychelles International Airport, located on Mahe Island, recorded an 81% increase in tourist arrivals in 2022 and is on target to reach its 2023 goal of 330,000 visitors. A popular exotic getaway, Mahe is the largest Seychelles island and a paradise boasting 3,000-foot mountains, pristine beaches, and unique flora like the Jellyfish Tree. Whether you seek relaxation, romance, or adventure, Mahe offers a stunning backdrop for an unforgettable getaway.
Furthermore, expansion efforts have led the company to its 1st destination in India, Mumbai, where travellers can now feel reassured knowing that Welcome is there to support them throughout their trip. In May 2023, Mumbai Airport reported a 23% year-on-year growth in passenger footfall, with a 100% recovery in domestic and international sectors compared to pre-Covid levels. Often referred to as the “City of Dreams,” Mumbai is an energetic metropolis nestled by the Arabian Sea. From iconic landmarks like Marine Drive to eclectic markets and the glitz of Bollywood, Mumbai is a city that captivates the adventurous traveller. With its welcoming locals and captivating heritage, Mumbai is a must-see destination for those seeking a culturally rich and authentic experience.
Lastly, Welcome unveils operations in Koh Samui, its 4th destination in Thailand. In July, Koh Samui’s airport welcomed over 141,400 tourists, with projections indicating even higher numbers for the end of 2023. In preparation for the upcoming peak season, from December to February, the island has proactively increased daily flights to accommodate the expected surge in visitors. Koh Samui, Thailand’s second-largest island, combines its fishing heritage with contemporary charm. Its picturesque landscape, with lush jungles, powdery sands, and sapphire waters, attracts travellers seeking natural beauty and warm hospitality. Visitors can explore Bophut Beach Village, watch a local cabaret show, and take in the serene Buddhist temples dotted around the island.
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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 2,000 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.