Holidu, the Munich-based vacation rental headquarters, now lively in 21 nation markets, has raised € 40 million in Sequence C financing.
The spherical was led by Prime Ventures, with the participation of coparion and MairDuMont Ventures. Current traders, together with EQT Ventures, Enterprise Stars, Senovo and enterprise angel Chris Hitchen, additionally adopted.
Based in 2014 by brothers and sisters Johannes and Michael Siebers after saying that that they had a irritating expertise reserving a vacation residence for a browsing journey in Portugal, you’ll be able to simply search and e book vacation lodging with the Holidu search engine.
Holidu claims to make use of its personal picture recognition know-how and compares the costs of greater than 15 million rental properties on 600 completely different web sites, together with Airbnb, Reserving.com and Homeaway. This enables customers to avoid wasting "as much as 55%" on their reserving by mechanically seeing value variations for a similar property in numerous presents.
"Lots of the websites supply the identical rental, however at completely different costs," co-founder and CEO of Holidu Johannes Siebers TechCrunch said again in 2016. “There may be additionally numerous rejected bookings as a result of the completely different websites don’t synchronize agendas and lodging are booked twice. It’s not possible for shoppers to get a clear overview. "
To resolve this, Holidu has additionally developed a service for vacation residence homeowners. Dubbed "Bookiply, & # 39; Gives a single interface for viewing options on main journey websites, together with synchronizing calendars, creating multilingual descriptions, and trying to find skilled pictures. Furthermore, the Bookiply crew takes care of passenger communication.
Holidu says that Bookiply already manages 5,000 lodging and claims to be the market chief in varied European leisure locations. "The main target is on homeowners who should not but on-line or whose digital presence could be optimized," the corporate says.
Within the meantime, Holidu has taken over its Spanish competitor final yr to stimulate progress Hundredrooms. The startup now claims 10 million guests per 30 days and says it is going to use the Sequence C funding for product growth (each the Holidu web site and the Bookiply software program). It’s going to additionally develop its Holidu companions and register extra property homeowners with Bookiply. To attain this, the corporate says it plans to open a number of regional workplaces.