In an industry that thrives on innovation and adventure, two South African expats embarked on a remarkable journey that began with a modest £800 and a shared passion for travel. Today, TourAxis, the parent company of Expat Explore and Group Tour Shop, stands as a testament to their unwavering commitment to revolutionise the travel industry.
Approximately 18 years ago, Carl and Jakes’ vision of creating a travel company sprang to life during a trip to London, where they were surrounded by like-minded travellers from around the globe. Observing the profound impact of travel on people’s lives, they harnessed that energy and soon gave birth to Expat Explore. This venture offered adventurers the opportunity to explore Europe, create lasting memories, and
connect with fellow explorers. Today, Expat Explore proudly stands as a leading tour operator, trusted by thousands of travellers annually.
In 2021, the dynamic duo unveiled their latest innovation: Group Tour Shop (GTS). Recognizing the challenges faced by tour operators in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, they set out to empower the industry with the tools and resources needed to thrive. GTS was launched as a B2B DMC platform, with a vision of providing meticulously crafted, ready-to-go group tour itineraries with customizable options along with bespoke tours. Featuring mapped-out routes, confirmed accommodations, easy add-ons, and instant booking capabilities, GTS will redefine the way group tours are booked and sold.
Driven by an unyielding entrepreneurial spirit, Jakes and Carl forged ahead with their next venture, TourAxis. This visionary parent company encompasses Expat Explore and Group Tour Shop, and its mission is clear: to push the boundaries of technology and innovation within the travel industry. By providing a space for incubating new products, services, and technologies, the tight-knit and entrepreneurial team at TourAxis aims to bring the joy of travel to even more people every day.
As TourAxis and its portfolio of brands chart new territory, Jakes and Carl remain steadfast in their commitment to their roots. They pledge to infuse a culture of fun and family into everything they do, ensuring that the journey ahead remains as enjoyable and enriching as the one that began 18 years ago.