There’s something most unusual about one of L.A.’s newest tour companies … none of the guests knows where they are going until they get there.
Mystery Trip, founded last year by former executive recruiter Dave Green, is aimed at companies looking for fun outings to unusual places that will serve as bonding exercises for executives and regular staff.
“It breaks down barriers because of the shared experience,” said Green, 45, who has given himself the title of chief mysterious officer.
Companies find his firm by word of mouth or social media promotion and guests are transported by hired buses to quirky settings such as Culver City’s Museum of Jurassic Technology or Chinatown’s Velveteria art gallery. Scavenger hunts, comedy shows, and body painting are some of the activities organized by Mystery Trip.
“I’ve never done the same trip twice,” said Green. “It’s something I’m really proud of.”
While there is no set price, he typically charges between $150 and $250 a person and takes parties with as many as 175 people. The company, which has hosted groups from AOL Inc., Yahoo Inc., and Google Inc., will run nearly 40 trips this year, twice as many as in 2015 when it became Green’s full time endeavor. He declined to share revenue figures but said his business is profitable.
“Now I’m in the process of working on how to grow the company and what is the right next step,” said Green. “I’d like to spread Mystery all over the world.”
– Natalie Schachar
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