tourtuss is an online platform that empowers local tour guides and hosts, connecting them to tourists who are seeking authentic local experiences. The idea came from Pavel’s own personal experience. Whilst in India, he received an unsatisfactory personal tour in which the guide could barely speak English, wasn’t too knowledgeable, rude and therefore tainted his trip. Pavel has travelled to 27 countries and met other travellers who have experienced similar situations. tourtuss aims to prevent this from reoccurring. Through unique listings where guides and hosts can market themselves better, including feedback, categorisation and icons, all with the core principle to provide a refined user experience when booking. tourtuss allows tourists to tailor make their experiences and find a trusted local, and at the same time empowers locals to work on their own terms. tourtuss.com is currently in the early stages of development and working towards first-round funding.