Wyzgo Vacations offers a dynamic solution where you can $1$ any vacation package to fit your personal preferences. It gives travelers full control over their vacation or business travel activities. The services are geared to maximize enjoyment and deliver better value at the lowest possible cost.
In summary, here is what Wyzgo offers :
It started with Translation
The company developed a semi-automated method that cut the cost of translating a website by half. However, the market was not ready for this at the time and the company achieved limited success. Zai was convinced that the solution had merit and explored new sectors that could benefit from the solution. The travel industry remained his main focus. The accommodations sector was facing difficulties and besieged by online travel agencies like Expedia and bookings.com. Hotel operators were besieged with technologies that promised greater benefits.
A Big Problem – The lucky break
Zai is knowledgeable about the travel industry from his years with the Canadian Tourism Commission. He is also a seasoned traveler having made many business as well as personal trips through the USA, Canada, the Caribbean and Europe. In 2014, Zai and his wife took a break to the Dominican Republic, at the beautiful resort called Bahia Principe. As beautiful as the resort was, there was a big problem. It was isolated from the rest of the country. Getting out of the resort meant signing up for a tour offered at the hotel. Not only were they expensive but you had to wait for a day, join a group of strangers and be on time for the tour bus. Included in the one day tour werea couple historical sites, two shopping center stops, one souvenir store and a North American style restaurant. We wanted a more local experience. So the next day we hired a local cabbie for the day. It cost about the same as the tour bus and the cabbie knwe his way around. We visited two other popular historic sites of our choice, stopped at couple street side shopping areas bustling with locals, got a restaurant that served local food and had enough time to stopoff at a popular beach along the way.
Looking back, we had wasted two and a half a days of your five day trip! He met others at the resort who expressed similar disappointments.
Zai knew that where there is a problem there is an opportunity . He had his eyes open for opportunities and this seems to be one.
The WYzgo Idea is born
After returning home, Zai started digging deeper. The large tour operators were not prepared to adapt their offering to technology initiatives that were offering better and more cost-effective tour packages. There were some tour operators offering exclusive customizable private tours but planning was done by conversing with a tour operator and they were quite expensive. Some tour operators were offering ‘customized’ packages but these were restricted to a choice of hotel room type and alternative static tours. Again quite a bit more expensive than the regular tours. All tours were based on a per person price.
While doing his research, Zai came across an article about how a company named Air B&B was impacting the accommodations industry in a new trend called ‘the sharing economy’. Mention was made of a similar initiative called Uber in the transport sector where vehicle owners were sharing personal transport with people as an alternative to taxicabs. That’s when the light bulb lit up! Customizable vacations that incorporated sharing components for local transport and accommodation. Zai had met locals in the Dominican Republic who were willing to provide loocal transport and tour services. A couple of them were willing to assist with finding private local accommodations for vacationers. He was estatic when he came across an article written by Tom Bacon a 25 year veteran of the airline industry, that endorsed the exact same idea Zai had in mind. Personalization and customization of tour packages were touted by many but none of them delivered an online solution that gave the traveler full control.
Getting to First Base – The basic solution
Zai immediately set about putting together a solution for customizable vacations with locals providing the transport and tour services. Everyone he spoke to had intentions of taking a trip sometime in the near future and the idea intrigued them. Zai and his developers incorporated many of the suggestions offered by travel buddies who reviewers the initial site and made suggestions for improvement. The product was branded as ‘Wyzgo’. The plan was to launch across the world in different languages. The translationtechnology developed in earlier years was well suited for this.
Wyzgo Vacations offers a dynamic solution where you can $1$ any vacation package to fit your personal preferences. It gives travelers full control over their vacation or business travel activities. The services are geared to maximize enjoyment, deliver better value at the lowest possible cost
Your Help Needed – Before others jump in
The first version of Wyzgo is now available. We launched the Wyzgo Ambassadors Club where we are inviting early adopters to sign up for an early trial. Some of my close friends have already committed to the trial. We are looking for broader support and offering some generous incentives to try Wyzgo Vacation packages.
We look forward to your support in helping us get this exciting travel alternative off the ground!