Terms

Tripsguru

Applicability of the Terms & Conditions

Any use of our website and/or services, as a website visitor, a guest or a host, constitutes an agreement to all terms and conditions and warrants that users understand, agree to and accept all terms and conditions contained here.

Hosts on the platform and guests using the platform are in compliance with the TripsGuru Code of Conduct, part of these Terms & Conditions.

Terms and Definitions

In the present Terms & Conditions, these terms are used and defined as follows:

HOSTS

HOSTS: Hosts are the suppliers of TripsGuru offerings. TripsGuru hosts are defined as such when their profile appears online on the platform and they can receive requests via TripsGuru.

GUESTS

Guests are the customers of TripsGuru, using the platform to make a reservation or communicate with local hosts.

Legal entity

TripsGuru Srl is a private company registered in Italy, with offices located at Via Pastrengo 14, 20159 Milano, Italy.

It is registered with the Chamber of Commerce in Milan under number 2568232.

Reservations (for Guests)

All reservations made via TripsGuru (on website or app) are automatically transferred to the host requested.

On Request bookings are subject to the host confirmation based on their availability or the one of the activity or tickets when relevant. Guests are committing to their payment, and TripsGuru guarantees that the reservation will be either confirmed or denied within 48 hours.

A reservation is only valid when confirmed by TripsGuru via e-mail.

Guests making a reservation with TripsGuru app.

Reservations (for Hosts)

All reservations made by guests via TripsGuru engage the hosts to providing the service booked. 

Hosts understand that cancellations and transfers have a negative impact on guests satisfaction and will affect their performance on the platform.

Applicable taxes

We provide services to our hosts and therefore we treat the host as our legal customer. We will invoice the host. On this invoice we will state our details, any applicable taxes and details of the service(s) provided by the host to the traveler. As a host you are responsible for providing the traveler with any documentation and/or invoice needed in compliance with the applicable tax law(s).

It’s a host’s sole responsibility to determine which taxes are applicable and required to comply with the applicable local tax law and pay any corresponding taxes. These taxes can include, but are not limited to, taxes such as value added taxes, surcharges, sales taxes, personal or corporate income taxes imposed or any other taxes which are levied upon reservations made through our website or the payment thereof. Hosts represent and warrant that they will pay such taxes in time and in compliance with the applicable tax law.

Proprietary Material

TripsGuru content may not be used or copied without explicit authorization from TripsGuru. All text, graphics, editorial content, data, formatting, graphs, designs, HTML, look and feel, photographs, music, sounds, images, software, videos, designs, typefaces and other content (collectively "Proprietary Material") on this website is owned by TripsGuru, or is used with the owner’s permission. This Proprietary Material is protected in all forms, media and technologies. Users may not copy, download, use, redesign, reconfigure, or retransmit anything from this website without TripsGuru' prior written permission.

Quality of information

While we do our utmost best to verify the quality of the events hosted by our hosts, we cannot guarantee these are flawless and neither can we guarantee that all content on our website is without errors. In the event of misleading representation or misconduct on our website or in the framework of the events held by hosts through our website and/or services, we may decide, in our sole discretion, to credit the traveler with a refund for the reservation amount paid or part thereof and charge the host with this amount. No action of us may be construed as accepting any liability other than as mentioned herein.

When rendering our service, the information we disclose is based on the information provided to us by the hosts. Although we will use reasonable skill and care in performing our service and verify (most of) the hosts we cannot guarantee that all information is accurate, complete and/or correct. Each host remains responsible at all times for the accuracy, completeness and correctness of the (descriptive) information displayed on our platform.

Therefore, use your own best judgment when using any of the services provided by our hosts. Notwithstanding the foregoing, we, including without limitation any content, data and any information related hereto, is provided on an “AS IS” and “AS AVAILABLE” basis, without any warranties of any kind, express or implied, including but not limited to warranties of title or non-infringement or implied warranties of use, merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose or use.

Warranties

TripsGuru does not warrant that this website and/or our services will be uninterrupted or error-free. It may correct, modify, amend, enhance, improve and make any other changes to the website and services at any time or discontinue displaying or providing any content or features without a notice to any user.

Disclaimer

We do our very best to make sure all the information we provide you is 100% correct. However, as we are human beings too, errors are made. We hereby disclaim all warranties and conditions with regard to the use of our website and/or services, including, but not limited to the availability, reliability, or quality of our website and services, the events distributed through us, including the nature and quality of the events, and is not and shall not be responsible for any error, fault or mistake of any and all content and information received through our users , including by hosts or travelers. We do not endorse any entity, product or service mentioned in any user generated content available on our website.

Liability

TripsGuru’ responsibility is limited to facilitating the availability of our website, application and services. The participation in any of the events hosted by the hosts is at your own risk. TripsGuru’ liability for damages shall be limited to the amount paid by guests. Except as provided herein, in no event shall TripsGuru be liable for any indirect, special, incidental or consequential damages of any kind, whether in an action of negligence or other tortuous actions resulting from or arising out of participation in any of the events hosted by the hosts.

Issues and Complaints

We'll assist you in case of issues or complaints where possible. In case of a complaint about, or issue with the platform, app or services, please contact TripsGuru to resolve the problem. In case of a complaint about an event you agree to contact TripsGuru within 1 day after the complaint has arisen and you agree to cooperate with and assist TripsGuru in good faith. You also agree to provide TripsGuru with such information and take such actions as may be reasonably requested by TripsGuru. As a host you agree that in case of a no show or dissatisfactory deviations in the event caused by you, the guest will be refunded and you won't receive payment. As a guest you understand that in case of a no show or no completion of/interruptions during the event caused by you, you as a guest are responsible for any damages up to the amount paid. In case of any damage claims or other complaints related to the event exceeding the amount paid, TripsGuru will mediate in finding a reasonable solution between traveler and host. Any claim or complaint against TripsGuru in respect of the service must be promptly submitted, but in any event within 14 days after the reserved event has taken place. Any claim or complaint that is submitted after the 14 days period, may be rejected and the claimant shall forfeit his/her right to any (damage or cost) compensation. To the extent permitted by law, these T&C’s and the provision of our services shall be governed by and construed in accordance with Italian law and any and all dispute arising out of these T&C’s and our services shall exclusively be submitted to the competent Court in Milan, Italy.

Code of conduct for TripsGuru hosts

TripsGuru hosts are expected to adhere to and respect the TripsGuru Hosts Code of Conduct. The TripsGuru Hosts Code of Conduct contains quality standards as well as basic requirements for hosting. I. Quality Standards Host quality at TripsGuru is defined by the following standards: Passion Passionate hosts are the heart of TripsGuru. Our promise to travelers is to offer them a unique experience, led by hosts that are passionate about the topic of the experience, have a personal connection to it, and deep knowledge of it. As a host, you are expected to communicate this passion with your guests: • Know your topics in depth, extra research and preparation work can make a world of difference. • Be fully present during the experience, for example avoid getting distracted by your mobile. • Be open and reactive to the feedback you receive from guests and TripsGuru. Authenticity TripsGuru hosts want to share the real soul of their city, offering an authentic experience to guests. Provide an authentic experience by sharing a unique perspective, unveiling secret gems, providing unique access to your guests. Remember that guests booked you because they are looking to experience something they could not do by themselves! Connection Connecting cultures and people is our mission. Connect with your guests at all the steps of their TripsGuru journey. Before meeting the guests:  • Be available to reassure your guests and answer their questions. They might need some extra information, or simply reassurance that they picked the right host and experience. • If any changes are necessary on the route or plan for the experience, communicate it clearly to your guests. Make sure that they are comfortable with the changes.  During the experience: • Pay attention to your guests' needs: specific groups (elderly, children, persons with disabilities) may need special care. • Face your guests and make pauses when giving an explanation to make sure everyone in the group feels involved and engaged. • Be mindful of cultural differences, remember that different people may expect different behaviors and have different sensitivities. Remain curious and keep an open mind.  After the experience: • Following up on the experience and sharing extra information and tips with the guests can go a long way! Not meeting these standards will result in an incompatibility to work as a TripsGuru host. If you need any extra support or coaching, we are here for you! Check our Learning Center or get in touch with our team to receive help & resources. 

Hosting requirements

The following requirements are minimum standards that hosts must fulfill to keep a TripsGuru profile. Any breach of these requirements will result in a performance breach and may lead in your removal from the platform.

Professionalism

The following requirements are minimum standards that hosts must fulfill to keep a TripsGuru profile. Any breach of these requirements will result in a performance breach and may lead in your removal from the platform. Hosts are required to respect the following professional standards: • Being available and reachable by both the guests and the office, in particular for any urgent or time sensitive issue, and around the time of a booking. • Having an appropriate and professional presentation and outfit, respecting hygiene standards. • Communicating with guests and TripsGuru in a polite and respectful manner. • Respecting the commitment that is a booking. Unforeseen situations can of course happen, but being late, cancelling or not showing up to a booking without informing your guests and without a valid reason is not acceptable. • Avoiding any inappropriate behavior such as smoking during a tour.

Brand loyalty

TripsGuru hosts represent the TripsGuru community, and are therefore expected to respect the following limitations: • TripsGuru tours should always be private. Unless specifically stated otherwise, or requested by TripsGuru with the agreement of all parties, groups from different bookings cannot be mixed, and no other participants but the guests are allowed to join. • Experiences must always be led by the host of the booking, hosts should never send another person to fill in for a booking. • Hosts must refrain from expressing negative feelings about TripsGuru, or complaining about the company or any of its parties in front of the guests or on public platforms. All complaints and feedback should be addressed directly to the TripsGuru team. • Be mindful of your online presence and set your privacy settings accordingly. Keep in mind the TripsGuru image when sharing your social profiles. • Use the TripsGuru platform genuinely to promote your profile and offer experiences to guests but refrain from using the TripsGuru platform to conduct other business with guests (for example by trying to bypass the online booking system) or other hosts. • Remain impartial and keep a service mind and a calm temper when interacting with guests. • Hosts should not solicit tips and do not discuss remuneration with guests.

Safety

Hosts commit to maintaining high standards of safety and security when providing a service to guests. The following standards apply: • TripsGuru hosts should always avoid unsafe situations and assess tour activities for potential hazards or critical points.  • Informing guests of relevant safety procedures when necessary, keeping the relevant emergency numbers and being aware of the closest medical facilities is a must. • Hosts must never be intoxicated on a tour/experience. Drinking alcohol is forbidden if wine or beer tastings are not included in the tour for guests (for example, Wine & Tapas tour).
In addition, hosts commit to never purchasing an alcoholic drink for a minor. • Possession or use of illegal drugs on tour will result in instant removal from TripsGuru platform.  • Emotional or intimate involvement with any guest – whether real or perceived, and as assessed by TripsGuru in its sole discretion, will lead to the instant removal from the platform. TripsGuru hosts are in a position of trust and are expected to act accordingly at all times while on a tour.
Hosts should never enter guests’ hotel rooms to avoid any possible misunderstandings or misinterpretations.

Code of conduct for TripsGuru guests

TripsGuru connects guests to local hosts around the world, offers genuine experiences and builds bridges between cultures. To ensure the connections created are mutually beneficial and respectful, any usage of the TripsGuru platform must be in line with our Code of Conduct by which users agree: 1. To respect the professionalism of their local host
2. To not behave in an offensive, aggressive, threatening, harassing, racist or xenophobic nature, or with sexual connotations, inciting violence, discrimination or hatred towards their local host and surrounding people
3. To not to try to bypass the online booking system of the Platform and arrange a tour without booking it on the platform
4. To not contact a TripsGuru host for a purpose other than:
- Arranging details of the booking for a TripsGuru experience;
- Arranging details of the meeting with the host;
- Asking for local tips & advice
5. To respect local customs and rules & regulations

TripsGuru services to guests

TripsGuru is an online platform for travelers seeking to engage with locals all over the world to offer them the most outstanding eat experiences, tours and activities. We are a marketplace where demand (travelers) meets supply (local hosts). Through our website, travelers can book experiences, tours and activities with local hosts all over the world. By making a reservation through our platform, guests enter into a direct contractual relationship with the host with whom they make a reservation. From the point when the booking is made, TripsGuru acts solely as an intermediary between the guest and the host. TripsGuru is not a party to any agreement between the guest and the host and is not liable for any (attributable) failure to perform or other damages arising out of this relationship. With every booking it is required that at least on person from 18 years or older is present during the experience.

TripsGuru services to hosts

TripsGuru is an online platform for locals seeking to engage with travelers from all over the world to offer them the most outstanding eat experiences, tours and activities. We are a marketplace where demand (travelers) meets supply (local hosts). TripsGuru offers local hosts and guides the possibility to offer tours and activities to guests via the platform (website and app) as well as through partnerships with other companies. TripsGuru promotes the host's profile as well as offerings and help them succeed in their endeavor as a TripsGuru host.

Diversity, equity and inclusion

By facilitating access to different cultures and everything the world has to offer, we hope
to inspire people to learn, create equity in pay for local hosts and increase awareness and
empathy to spark positive change. This intention underpins everything we do. We believe that celebrating the diversity of our local host community, all of
our guests, and our team will make the world a better place.