Do you love surfing, discovering secret shopping destinations, or hiking in the hinterland? An Australian company is calling on Gold Coasters to share an experience they love with tourists… and get paid for it!
localyokl will officially launch on the Gold Coast in March and is seeking Guides who want to offer authentic local experiences for tourists.
“It doesn’t matter if you are 18 or 80, if you have a unique hobby or skill that offers visitors an authentic local experience localyokl want to hear from you,” said Experience Creator Ben Crisp.
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localyokl is an online platform that connects locals with visitors wanting to experience the Gold Coast from a local perspective. Visitors can book and pay for real and authentic experiences with local guides through the website.
Ben said the they come up with the idea for localyokl as they hated the feeling of being herded like sheep through tourist attractions while on holidays. “localyokl is about ‘doing it with a local,’ no queues, nothing manufactured or cookie cutter, just an exciting experience with people who know the area better than any travel book,” Ben said.
“localyokl Guides set the price and their availability and have the potential to make doing what they love their full time job.”
Gold Coast Mayor Tom Tate says localyokl has his full support and looks forward to seeing what kind of experiences Gold Coast residents can dream up. “I remember when I moved here with my family in 1992, the friendliness of locals was a huge draw card. That open spirit and warmth remains, so let’s showcase the best of the beautiful places we call home.’’ Mayor Tate says.
After its Gold Coast launch, localyokl plans to expand nationally and internationally. To register as a Guide, log on to: localyokl.com