Touring Online Marketplace TourRadar Secures $10M in Further Funding
TourRadar, the leading multi-day tour marketplace, has closed its Series B round securing $10 million USD from new lead investor Endeit Capital and existing investors Cherry Ventures and Hoxton Ventures. Launched in 2010, TourRadar pioneered the transformation to digitize the touring industry, allowing travellers to compare and book multi-day tours online for the first time.
“Our focus on technology and customer experience has really made us stand out in the industry,” said Travis Pittman, CEO & co-founder at TourRadar. “Endeit Capital’s expertise in scaling consumer brands will propel TourRadar to new heights and we’re beyond excited for the journey ahead. With this investment, we’re one step closer to our vision of connecting people to life-enriching travel experiences.”
TourRadar is offering a genuine, innovative solution for the next generation of travellers and tour suppliers
With this Series B investment, TourRadar will double its headcount, mainly in its tech and product department across all offices in Vienna, Brisbane and Toronto. “This unique convergence of travel, technology and growth trajectory allows us to find and recruit world-class talent,” said Pittman.
On top of scaling the team, TourRadar is planning to increase their performance marketing channels along with building up their brand awareness through video and content partnerships. These pieces of content will highlight the unique experiences that you can have while on a multi-day group tour.
Martijn Hamann, Partner at Endeit Capital, said: “To date, travellers can’t easily find & book multi-day tours online. TourRadar is offering a genuine, innovative solution for the next generation of travellers and tour suppliers in an efficient, trusted and user-friendly platform. Its proprietary booking and marketing technology in the large $50 billion touring market is ready to further scale online. We are delighted to be supporting the founders and their excellent team, bringing our experience of building international brands in marketing technology and e-commerce companies.”
TourRadar was the first online marketplace for the touring industry and is committed to offering travellers the easiest, most trustworthy way of booking multi-day tours at the click of a button. Pittman also says that the next steps in technological innovation will “provide travellers with an improved user experience across all devices via inspirational, highly personalized travel content.”
“TourRadar shines in our portfolio,” said Hussein Kanji, founding partner of Hoxton Ventures. “There is a large market opportunity to help tour operators offer their unique experiences and bring them customers across the world. We’re excited to help Travis and his team build a leading company in a market that has waited too long to go online.”
“TourRadar is operating in an extremely fragmented supply market with a very low technology standard,” said Daniel Glasner, founding partner at Cherry Ventures. “Not only has TourRadar acquired the best suppliers across the globe in the most attractive destinations, its unique technology allows TourRadar to connect its suppliers’ inventory to its marketplace and provide TourRadar’s customers with the convenience of real-time booking.”
TourRadar is an online marketplace for travellers to compare and book multi-day tours. The company works with over 500 tour and river cruise operators including: Avalon, Contiki, G Adventures, Globus, Intrepid Travel and Topdeck. TourRadar lists over 1 million tour departures, so that travellers are guaranteed to find a trip that fits their needs. On top of that, it is also the hub of over 50,000 real traveller reviews for customers to sift through and learn from.
With global offices in Vienna, Brisbane and Toronto, there’s a dedicated Customer Support team available 24/7 to ensure customers have the best possible experience while booking and on vacation. Since launching in 2010, the company has made massive leaps, becoming the leader in its industry and continuing to grow rapidly. With travel styles from marine to cultural to festivals to luxury and more the company caters to every demographic. TourRadar also founded the annual Guide of the Year and Tour of the Year awards, recognizing the industry’s top rated guides and tours.
Source: TourRadar press release