Firstly, let me introduce you to the founder of LocalGuy,  Mr. Anuj Sharma. Localguy is the first recognized Start-up of Himachal Pradesh and it was lunched in November 2018 by Honourable Chief Minister Shri Jairam Thakur ji, in presence of Honourable Minister of Industries Shri Vikram Thakur ji and Honourable Minister of Education Shri Suresh Bharadwaj ji.

 

 

LocalGuy is a web based Software as a Service portal that enables local people of Himachal to become local hosts and offer activities directly to travelers.

•It’s aims to cater unorganized sector and enable micro – entrepreneurs in cities to connect directly with travelers and give travelers a chance to access the unexplored local experiences in a city/village which would be invisible on other tourism agency portal.
•It helps travelers discover local experiences in cities they travel and book them on the go.
•Local experts to host experience based activities on the portal with their profile attached and enables travelers to book the experiences according to duration , cost and interest.
•It aims to empower Local micro – entrepreneurs with micro – finance credit facilities depending upon their needs and profile.
•It is impacting the people throughout Himachal Pradesh and from past one month more than 200 people who have registered themselves as a local hosts on our portal.
•Localguy is a website where it helps the travelers to know about each and every places and also experiences outdoor activities.
So it becomes interesting when experiences is unique. And therr is  online booking available on the portal. So that you can connect with the host directly.

 

Tourism Business in Himachal Pradesh largely depends upon Local people, running small and medium enterprises and freelancers who make most of the transactions in cash. Life was running smoothly until our PM announced a currency ban on the 500 and 100 denominations. With the winter tourism season gaining pace in Shimla, the small service providers, like Horse riding guys, freelance local guides, small home-stay owners, adventure and other experience curators landed in a mess with tourists handing them the banned currency notes.

How Tourism Businesses in Himachal are using technology during Currency Ban

Among all of this turmoil, long queues outside ATMs and rush in Banks, local guys are joining portals like Paytm to accept money and Localguy.in to list their business and get instant bookings from tourists and travelers. Startups like Localguy.in are building market places where any local service provider can list their activity or experience based service with their authenticated profile and get instant bookings.

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The service is so simple to use that anyone can list their activity with their photograph and profile and get bookings front he travelers.  Activities such as sight-seeing, horse-riding, guided walks, curated lunch/dinner experiences, special occasion celebrations, adventure activities and many more.

Only condition being that the local person has to submit valid ID and details of their activity using a simple form on the portal itself.

The recent move by the government is being considered a game changer in local commerce and is leading to a big leap towards digitization on local grounds.