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Online Activity Portal, GetYourGuide, Expands Into France, Spain and Italy With Bespoke Language Websites

GetYourGuide, the world’s largest online portal for tours and activities at destinations around the globe, has announced today that it is expanding into the French, Italian, and Spanish markets.

Berlijn 18 februari 2013: GetYourGuide, the world’s largest online portal for tours and activities at destinations across the globe, has announced today that it is expanding into the French, Italian, and Spanish markets. This marks a major step towards further developing GetYourGuide’s position as a leader in the European tours and activities market. To support GetYourGuide’s international growth, Frederick “Fritz” Demopoulos, one of the most successful Internet and media entrepreneurs in China, has been appointed to its Board of Directors.

In less than three years, GetYourGuide has assembled the world’s greatest variety of tours, attractions, and activities. With this latest move, customers can book an activity from GetYourGuide’s extensive collection of 18,100 things to do in more than 1,780 destinations in French, Italian, and Spanish. The very plentitude of the offering and the safe and worry-free online booking provided by GetYourGuide has helped the business to build up a base of return customers in English and German. Achieving the same levels of returning customers is the main goal for the new markets.

Further strengthening the company’s prospects for global expansion, Frederick “Fritz” Demopoulos, a seasoned entrepreneur with ten years’ experience as an investor and business leader in China’s media and Internet spaces, has joined GetYourGuide’s Board of Directors. The sale of one of Demopoulos’ founding companies Qunar, China’s biggest travel website, became one of the largest investment deals in the history of China’s media and Internet sector. As an active entrepreneur, investor and with extensive experience in founding successful Internet companies, Demopoulos will lend significant support to GetYourGuide’s international growth strategy.

“I truly believe in the strength and the success of the business plan that GetYourGuide has built up in a short amount of time,” said Fritz Demopoulos. “I’m excited for the challenge that being a member of GetYourGuide’s Board of Directors represents. I’ll be supporting the team in growing GetYourGuide’s position in the worldwide travel industry and to take the company’s successful business strategy to new markets.”

“We are certain that we can achieve great success in these additional markets and that our new customers will be pleased with the variety of activities that GetYourGuide offers,” commented Johannes Reck, GetYourGuide’s CEO. “Working with Fritz Demopoulos will help us to cement our leading position in Europe and accelerate growth into new international markets.”

Over GetYourGuide
With more than 18,100 things to do in over 1,780 global destinations, GetYourGuide (www.GetYourGuide.com) is the web’s largest platform for tours and activities around the world. GetYourGuide’s assortment is vast and varied, offering everything from historic and sightseeing tours to sporting activities, and even entries to museums, shows, and events. GetYourGuide holds offices in Berlin, Las Vegas, and Zurich.

About Frederick “Fritz” Demopoulos
Frederick “Fritz” Demopoulos is an active business leader, investor, and entrepreneur in China’s Media and Internet spaces. Until August of 2011, Demopoulos was CEO of China’s biggest travel website, Qunar.com, a business he himself co-founded in 2005. Baidu purchased the majority of Qunar in 2011 after the site had developed into China’s largest online travel portal. This transaction was one of the biggest investment deals in the history of China’s media and Internet industry. He is also a co-founder and former CEO of China’s largest sport website, Shawei. Beyond that, Fritz Demopoulos has also held executive management positions at different online companies and traditional media businesses in China, among them Netease, Hai Run Media Group, Titan Sports, and News Corporation. At present, Fritz Demopoulos pursues his entrepreneurial activities as well as his investments through Queen’s Road Capital, a private equity firm that focuses on Internet opportunities in emerging markets worldwide.

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Lucie Meyer-Landrut
PR Manager
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