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iPad 'tour guides' for visitors to Singapore

Tablet-rental company helps tourists make the most of their holidays here

Published on Nov 5, 2012 6:00 AM
Mr Joshua Wong, co-founder of TouristPads, explaining to Australian tourists Warren and Monica Gray how they can use their rental iPad. The device comes preloaded with more than 70 apps such as HungryGoWhere. -- ST PHOTO: NURIA LING

When Australian couple Warren and Monica Gray were in Singapore last week, they used a "tour guide" - in the form of an iPad loaded with apps offering help to maximise the holiday experience.

The rental business, called TouristPads, was launched in July and helps those on the go to find information more easily via iPads which are 3G-enabled. The idea came to co-founder Joshua Wong during a trip to Europe last year when he had difficulty finding his way to an opera performance in Vienna.

He founded the business together with his brother, Caleb, 25, with an initial investment of about $8,000, which came from their savings. There are at least three other tablet-rental services here but they said TouristPads is the first to target primarily tourists.

The business is modelled on a similar service offered in Madrid. For a daily fee, $30 initially and $20 from the third day, visitors can use an iPad loaded with more than 70 apps.

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