“Thinking a good travel, and now growing a good business.”
‘Amuse Travel’ Seoyeon Oh
There is a young venture company that presents the vitality and joy of life to the people with disabilities around us who can not see or hear or move freely.
Amusement Travel, which is attracting attention by showing ‘Travel for the Disabled’ to the world, is the main character.
I visited the office of Amuse Travel near Cheonggyecheon, Jung-gu, Seoul and met Mr. Oh (37).
Mr. Oh said, “It is an honor to look at us as a good trip or good business in perspective of providing the socially disadvantaged with travel contents,” but, “Looking at us in the frame of social enterprise is a bit of a burden”, said Mr. Oh.
“In our society, it is true that a social enterprise is a non-profit corporation that receives a lot of support and benefits from someone. But we started Amuse Travel because all of our members are interested in our current business model, and there is a clear market for social needs. We offer reasonably priced trips that make it easy for people with disabilities to make good trips at reasonable prices and services. It is different from a social enterprise in the general sense of being operated by a non-profit management. As there is clear customer’s demand, a clear market, and a reasonable price. “
Challenge to where others don’t
How did Mr. Oh start the amusement Travel that brought the business model of traveling with disabilities to the world? He said, “I have renewed my awareness of people with disabilities by the chance during my volunteer service. I was able to come up with a trip to the disabled by changing my perception of disabled people in our society.” Mr. Oh explained the situation more specifically. “There are people with physical disabilities who can not move their whole body and can not even reach the bathroom. In 2011, we spent the night sleeping with them to help people with disabilities live and move. At this time, I was told that my friend who was doing volunteer activities with me at that time, said, “If I can go on a trip with these people, I can feel something about my life and I can relieve the stress.”
It has been a year since Travel showed up in the world. The members of Amusement Travel, which started with the first three, including Mr. Oh, have now increased to seven. As well as growing the market’s attention with good start-ups, they are also making outward growth. The amount of the transaction, which was slightly less than $90,000 last year, is already $215,000 by September this year. At the end of the year, it is expected to achieve $360,000 based on Gross Merchandise Value.
At the end of the interview, Mr. Oh said, “Travel is a way for people to know about others with disabilities, and conversely, this travel is the key to open the door of their hearts to those who are not the disabled.” Venture company Amuse Travel is making exciting and happier trips for everyone today as well.
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