German traveltech company Holidu raises €37 million to continue expansion

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Holidu, a leading technology scaleup in the holiday rental industry, today announced that it has secured €37 million, in capital. Last year we interviewed Johannes Siebers, co-founder of Holidu, about their fast-growing traveltech company and his predictions for the industry post-COVID.

This Series D funding round was 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 €100 million since its foundation.

Founded in 2014, Holidu’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. The company plans to double its technology organisation and to invest in new partnerships for supply acquisition to best meet the increased demand of travellers for private accommodation. To offer the best possible service for regional holiday rental owners, the company is opening further Bookiply offices across Europe.

Johannes Siebers, CEO and Co-founder of Holidu (who also pitched at the first EU-Startups event in Munich back in 2014), said: “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. With Bookiply we have become the number one supplier of holiday rentals in several regions. Thanks to our regional approach and our technologically optimised processes, we are able to economically acquire new holiday rentals. This round of financing is a testament to how far we’ve come in that regard, and how much opportunity is still ahead of us.”

Co-founder and Holidu CTO Michael Siebers added: “We have been quick to build new features that users want in the current situation, for example, flexible cancellation and payme nt solutions. With this funding, we will invest further in product development and will double our technology organisation.”

Laurel Bowden, Partner at 83North commented: “Holiday rentals are a very competitive market and Holidu’s growth throughout the pandemic has been highly impressive. We are attracted by their strong operating efficiency and proven ability to grow market by market. As early backers of global category leaders like Wolt, Mirakl and JustEat we believe Holidu and Bookiply can build a similar position in the holiday rental market. We look forward to the road ahead and I’m glad to be on their board.”