LCO-Creation Singapore (LCO for short), the Japanese startup behind mobile app Travel Door, announced today that it has secured an undisclosed sum from Tokyo-based Internet company Digital Garage (TSE:4819).
Since its launch in August 2012, LCO has been funded by Singapore’s technology incubator TechCube8 as well as National Research Foundation, the technology incubation scheme by the government of Singapore. The company is based in Blk71, a startup hub in Singapore, expanding their business into the Asian market, primarily focused on its home turf of Japan.
Travel Door is a mobile app serving local travel information, maps, and a route planning function for 55 cities from 31 countries worldwide. Travelers can use it offline so that no international data roaming charge is required while being away from their home country. In partnership with local travel agents and other companies, the app offers coupons, tour packages, rewards services at travel destinations, travel search functions, and other campaigns allowing users to earn airline mileage points. In this way, the company explores O2O (online-to-offline) business models focused on the overseas travel sector.
With the partnership with Digital Garage, LCO will focus ways to better serve tourists to Japan, aiming to build a new business model using sightseeing content provided by local governments in Japan.
Translated by Masaru Ikeda
Edited by Kurt Hanson
Proofread by “Tex” Pomeroy