Holidu raises £32m in Series D funding

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Holidu, a technology company in the holiday rental industry, today announced that it has secured £32m in capital.

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The Series D funding round is led by 83North with participation from existing investors Prime Ventures, EQT ventures, Coparion, Senovo, Kees Koolen, Lios Ventures and Chris Hitchen. Claret Capital (formerly Harbert European Growth Capital) also participated with both equity and debt. The new investment brings the company’s total funding to more than €100m since its foundation.

The company’s mission is to make the search and booking of holiday rentals easy. Holidu is active in 21 countries with its search engine that combines more than 15 million holiday rental offers from over a thousand travel sites and property managers.

Under the Bookiply brand, the company also helps holiday rental owners to get more bookings with less effort through a software-and-service solution.

Despite the COVID-19 pandemic hitting the travel industry especially hard, in 2020 Holidu’s revenues grew substantially compared to 2019. Moreover, its search business became operationally profitable. In July 2020 alone, more than 27 million travellers used the Holidu website, making it one of the largest platforms for holiday rentals worldwide. This growth was particularly evident in the UK market, where revenues tripled in 2020 compared to 2019. Also, Bookiply significantly expanded its customer base of holiday rental owners and has become the largest supplier of holiday rentals in important leisure destinations such as the Balearic Islands, Canary Islands and Sardinia.

The new funding will enable Holidu to further accelerate both the profitable growth of its holiday rental search engine and the expansion of its holiday rental software business with Bookiply.

Johannes Siebers, CEO and Co-founder of Holidu, says: “The desire to travel again is huge and holiday rentals are perfectly suited to serve the rebound. Despite ongoing lock-downs, our bookings in 2021 are already significantly higher than pre-pandemic levels of 2019 and we expect demand to soar this summer.”

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