“We are at a true inflection point in travel. As the world rolls out vaccine programmes, we see significant pent-up demand for in-person, incredible travel experiences. According to the UN World Tourism Organization, 2021 and 2022 will feature a double-digit rebound for global tourism, returning leisure travel close to pre-pandemic levels,” said Johannes Reck, CEO and co-founder of GetYourGuide.
Around 49 percent of consumers in Germany and 41 percent in the US express a desire to travel over the next 12 months. This is after a year in which travel bookings fell to near-zero after the increase in COVID cases drove severe lockdowns across the globe. In the context of the current accelerated switch to online, GetYourGuide invested in its core digital product by helping some of the world’s top attractions shift to the "new normal" of a more touchless and digital travel experience. In 2021, GetYourGuide will continue to build deep relationships with its partners, grow its highly rated Originals portfolio of tours, and innovate its digital customer experience. To capture the market opportunity and accelerate momentum in a post-pandemic world, GetYourGuide plans to continue to invest in strategic initiatives and develop its world-class digital product and signature Originals experiences. The Company will also build out its global inventory, catering to post-pandemic travellers’ preferences and hygienic standards.
“We want to help the world rediscover travel in the post-pandemic world – from the most iconic attractions to unique local and cultural experiences,” Reck added. “This new financing underlines the confidence in the travel industry’s recovery and allows GetYourGuide to invest in the rebound of global tourism.”
“We are very happy to help GetYourGuide continue its growth trajectory during this extraordinary situation that we find ourselves in”, says Jan Kupfer, Head of Corporate & Investment Banking Germany at UniCredit. “The successful financing also shows once again our unique tech advisory approach, where we combine our deep tech expertise with the broad product range of a pan-European commercial bank.”
This RCF follows the €114 million convertible note GetYourGuide secured in October 2020 to ensure the Company could invest in strategic opportunities to build out its market-leading position and ignite post-pandemic travel demand.
HypoVereinsbank is part of UniCredit, a simple and successful pan-European commercial bank with a fully plugged-in Corporate & Investment Banking division. With its Berlin-based Tech Team, the bank supports innovative and high-growth tech companies across Germany. Right from the start, tech companies benefit from an advisory structure that is similar to that of multinational clients, but which also speaks the "language of the tech industry". This gives these companies early access to the extensive range of products and specialists of an international commercial bank. In addition, UniCredit’s Tech Team is an active network partner of the Tech Scene, including Venture Capital Firms.
KfW’s Venture Tech Growth Financing programme provides loans to technologically innovative and rapidly growing companies with a resilient and promising business model to finance further growth. KfW provides a total of EUR 50 million every year under the program, which is set to run for at least five years. The prerequisite for financing from the KfW Venture Tech Growth Financing program is the involvement of a private lender as financing partner who generally contributes 50% of the financing on the same terms (“pari passu”). Moreover, private venture capitalists must already have a stake in the company. The funds are made available directly to the company at market conditions.
GetYourGuide is the booking platform for incredible travel experiences. Travelers use GetYourGuide to connect with the best things to do wherever they’re headed — including skip-the-line tickets to the world’s most iconic attractions, walking tours by top local experts, immersive food and beverage tours, cooking and craft classes, bucket-list experiences, and niche offerings you won’t find anywhere else. Since its founding in 2009, travelers from over 170 countries have booked more than 45 million tours, activities, and attraction tickets through GetYourGuide. Powered by a global team of over 550 travel experts and technologists, the Company is headquartered in Berlin, Germany and has offices in 14 countries around the world.
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