From a corporate finance point of view, we analyse the investments made in traveltech. In this case, we will analyse the €3.5m round of Exoticca and the acquisition of Travelgenio by the Dutch company Otravo.
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Travelgenio is an online travel agency, born in 2010 thanks to the initiative of its founding partners to bring their more than 15 years of experience in the world of tourism and new technologies. Mainly, the products and services they offer are flights, hotel stays and other services such as insurance, car rental and new technologies. Travelgenio is recognised as one of the fastest growing Spanish companies, the company is present in 32 countries in Europe, America and Asia-Pacific, with websites in 17 different languages, and plans to continue expanding its business in the coming years.
This future expansion comes from Otravo, an online travel agency controlled by Dutch private equity firm Waterland Private Equity, which has agreed to acquire Spain's Travelgenio. Financial details of the deal have not been made public. However, with this transaction Otravo will enter the top 5 of online travel agencies and Travelgenio is confident of achieving more competitive prices and making further progress. However, the finalisation of the acquisition requires the approval of the Bundeskartellamt, the German competition authority, which has so far not said anything.
Exoticca is a travel agency specialising in unique and exclusive plans for its clients. Its main obligations are to achieve the desired quality, comfort and innovation, always offering the most competitive prices. In addition, it is a platform where users can share information related to their trips, in order to satisfy their needs and thus meet one of its main objectives, to meet the expectations of its customers.
The Spanish startup, Exoticca, has closed a €3.5M funding round led by KFund, an investment fund, with 92 investments behind it, which aims to boost the evolution of the Spanish startup ecosystem by investing in digital and technology companies, and also underwritten by new shareholders Nero Ventures, Palladium Corporate Venture, and Smartech Capital, and previous shareholders Sabadell. Venture Capital (Banco Sabadell [BME:SAB]), and Grupo de Empresas e Inversiones Palau. The company will use the funding to accelerate its international expansion and enhance its technology platform.
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