Former CEOs of Booking.com and Qunar.com lead $4.5 million investment round in GetYourGuide
Berlijn 30 januari 2014 - Online travel industry experts Kees Koolen and Fritz Demopoulos bring travel industry expertise to GetYourGuide’s board of directors
GetYourGuide, the world’s largest online platform for tours and activities, today announced a strategic $4.5 million Series A extension round led by Kees Koolen, former CEO of Booking.com, and Fritz Demopoulos, founder and former CEO of Qunar.com. Sunstone Capital, a European venture capital firm, also participated in the capital increase. Along with their investments, Koolen and Demopoulos bring a wealth of expertise to GetYourGuide’s board, where they serve as independent directors.
The new investment caps off a tremendous year of growth for the company. GetYourGuide has grown to become the world’s largest platform for tours, attractions and activities, offering over 23,700 activities in over 2,250 destinations.
“We’re thrilled to have such industry all-stars as Kees and Fritz investing in our company and lending their immense expertise to our board,” said GetYourGuide CEO Johannes Reck. “Kees and Fritz know what it takes to build a global company that understands and services the need of the customer well. This is an important strategic step on our journey towards success.”
Over the last decade, Kees Koolen and Fritz Demopoulos have built some of the world’s biggest online travel businesses. As Booking.com’s former CEO (and current Chairman), Koolen oversaw Booking.com’s transformation, during his tenure the company grew from a small Dutch start-up to the world leader in hotel reservations. Since 2012, Koolen has served as an advisor to Uber to help the company scale globally.
Fritz Demopoulos is the co-founder and former CEO of Qunar, the world’s largest Chinese-language online travel information provider, with over 75 million monthly unique visitors. Qunar went public on the NASDAQ in 2013.
“The global market for travel activities is enormous. In the next years, we will see this market shifting towards online and mobile bookings, similar to what happened in the hotel market over the last decade,” said Kees Koolen. “GetYourGuide’s growth path is incredibly impressive. This is a global scale opportunity.”
GetYourGuide biedt 23.000 activiteiten aan over de hele wereld, zodat mensen minder hoeven te zoeken en meer kunnen ontdekken. Op GetYourGuide.nl vinden reizigers alles: historische wandeltochten, skip-the-line tickets voor de Eiffeltoren, tickets voor sportevenementen en shows en zelfs toegang tot musea en attracties. GetYourGuide heeft kantoren in Berlijn, Las Vegas en Zurich. Bezoek voor meer informatie over GetYourGuide onze website: www.getyourguide.nl.
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