ToursByLocals Serves Quarter Million Travellers

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Vancouver-based travel company connects 250,000 travelers with local tour guides around the world.

Travelers explore the Azores with ToursByLocals guide Sergio

To date, 98% of travellers have rated their private tour as a 4 or 5 star experience.

Today ToursByLocals – the world’s largest online travel booking site for private tours – officially served its first quarter million customers. In business since 2008, the Canadian company has altered the industry landscape, changing how people find local guides, and improving the way those tour guides earn a living.

Travelers who visit can search for, contact and book local tour guides in 130 countries around the world. The company carefully sources and works closely with each guide-partner on the site to ensure their private tour offerings are consistently excellent. As a result, to date 98% of travellers have rated their private tour as a 4 or 5 star experience.

In honour of the quarter million milestone, this morning ToursByLocals surprised a group of three travelers on tour in Iguassu Falls, Brazil. Their private tour with Brazilian guide Francis Almeida Barros brought the total number of travelers served to 250,000.

“We wanted to give this group a surprise for being our 250,000th travelers, so we’ve presented them each with a $250 ToursByLocals gift certificate for their future travels,” said Sara Cooke, Director of Communications at ToursByLocals. “As a company, our core value mandates that travel should have a positive impact on communities everywhere. To honour our mandate, and this recent milestone, today we also made a donation to Passports with Purpose, a fundraising effort that supports sustainable community initiatives.”

ToursByLocals’ outlook for 2015 is bright; the company is excited to connect the next quarter million adventurers with its growing team of insightful local experts.

Founded by Canadians, Paul Melhus and Dave Vincent in November 2008, ToursByLocals connects travelers with independent local guides in 130 countries worldwide. ToursByLocals guides offer private city tours, shore excursions, art and history-focused tours, culinary tours and outdoor adventures on six continents. Every tour is private and itineraries are flexible and customizable to the traveler's needs.

With over 1600 experienced guides in large and small cities, major and minor ports of call and remote destinations, travelers can always find a local expert to meet their needs, whether they're traveling to St. Petersburg, Dubai, Rio de Janeiro or anywhere in between.

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