Gidsy is now a part of GetYourGuide
Combined company creates the world’s largest online portal for discovering and booking unforgettable travel experiences.
Berlin April 24, 2013 -
GetYourGuide, the world’s largest online portal for tours and activities at destinations across the globe, has announced that Gidsy, the Berlin-based, peer-to-peer platform for discovering local experiences and things to do, is now part of GetYourGuide. GetYourGuide will integrate Gidsy’s marketplace of authentic experiences and make them bookable on www.getyourguide.com. In addition, Gidsy’s full team will join GetYourGuide in its mission to create the best user experience out there for booking tours and activities across the web, mobile and social channels. The terms of the deal were not disclosed.
Gidsy, which connects like-minded people in real life through unique experiences, has built a huge online and offline community of passionate individuals organizing and booking activities in more than 140 cities and 40 countries. The company has been backed by Sunstone Capital, Index Ventures and by names such as Werner Vogels, Christophe Maire and Ashton Kutcher.
GetYourGuide’s move to integrate Gidsy will further strengthen its market-leading position as the internet’s largest portal for things to do all over the world. In less than three years, GetYourGuide has partnered with more than 19,700 activities provided by professional suppliers in more than 1,930 destinations worldwide and has distribution partnerships with more than 1,500 online travel agencies, travel operators and media companies, such as TripAdvisor.
“GetYourGuide is very excited to gain Gidsy’s great expertise and know-how in the world of online tours and activities,” said Johannes Reck, CEO of GetYourGuide. “By combining Gidsy’s proven excellence in design and expertise in building engaging mobile and social experiences with GetYourGuide’s fast-growing web platform and strong distribution network, we are positioned to completely transform the way travel activities are discovered, bought and sold. Thanks to this move, GetYourGuide is providing consumers with an unmatched resource for finding and booking travel experiences.”
“We're psyched to join the GetYourGuide team. It’s a huge market, and joining forces will help us realize what we set out to do with Gidsy: bringing people together around activities. It’s amazing how complementary both teams are to one another, and we can’t wait to see where this will take us,” said Edial Dekker, CEO & Co-founder of Gidsy.
Founded in 2011 on the belief that “the best things in life aren’t things,” Gidsy (http://gidsy.com) is a place where anyone can explore, book & organize unique things to do, anywhere in the world. From unique city tours to cooking classes, DIY workshops, and much more, Gidsy allows passionate locals and travelers to connect and share experiences in over 140 cities and 40 countries.
With more than 19,700 things to do in over 1,930 global destinations, GetYourGuide (http://www.getyourguide.com) is the web’s largest platform for tours and activities around the world. GetYourGuide’s assortment is vast and varied, offering everything from historic and sightseeing tours to sporting activities, and even entries to museums, shows, and events. GetYourGuide holds offices in Berlin, Las Vegas, and Zurich.
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