Posted On 2017/06/29 By In News, Destinations, India Domestic, India Inbound, India Outbound, Social Media With 9 Views

Guiddoo – India’s Growing In-Destination App – raises $300K in Pre-Series A Funding

Guiddoo, India’s growing In-destination brand has raised funding of $300,000 in Pre-Series A funding by existing investors Pawan Borle & Nirmal Singh as well as new Investors including Manish Prasad, Vineet Varma, Nick Haulkoury, and Abhai S. Rao. Guiddoo will utilize the funds to support product and technology development through their newly opened Technology & Data Unit based in Pune as well as focus on building Pan-India Distribution for its Tours & Activities & Holidays products.

Guiddoo offers unique and targeted experiences with content across 15 destinations that is available to Indian International Travelers through institutional partners like Cleartrip and Yatra, 2000+ Travel Agent Partners as well as its Web and Mobile Products. The company has already handled over 10,000+ Customers with 40,000+ activities in the past year across its destinations. This has resulted in Guiddoo seeing a 12X growth in revenue in the last year and is forecasting another 10X in sales turnover in the next 12 months. Since it is a selective aggregator that has strong ground control leading to unique and consistent experiences bringing a high level of assurance to a traveler’s trip.

Mr. Vineet Budki, Co-Founder and CEO, Guiddoo, commented, “Guiddoo has seen a strong 12X growth in the past 1 year post its pivot into the In-Destination Experience Model which is an estimated market of $20Bn annually. With further strong growth projected, we believe the required funds will help us become a significant player in the Indian Outbound Traveler segment, where our focus is to provide great new experiences with an assurance of service quality to Indian Outbound Travelers through extensive use of technology and ground relationships. We are excited to welcome Manish, Nick, Vineet and Abhai as investors in Guiddoo and will surely build a valuable travel brand for Indian travelers”.

“I am delighted to be part of the new investors in Guiddoo and impressed by the exponential strides they have made in the holidays as well as tours and Activities space,” said Manish Prasad.  He further added, “I have been part of the Guiddoo journey from the start and I believe what is interesting is Guiddoo’s phenomenal growth in terms of revenue as well as loyalty it commands with its partners due to the uniqueness and consistency of experiences it provides. In my opinion the India Outbound Travel space holds tremendous promise and I am confident the Guiddoo Team has the required intent and expertise to be a leader in the same.”

Founded in 2014 by Nidhi Varma, Vineet Budki, Prashant Choudhary and Biswajeet Karmakar, Guiddoo started as a tour guiding app but pivoted last year into an In-Destination platform offering Tours & Activities, Dining, Shopping and Entertainment options for the Indian International Traveler.


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Stefan

Stefan (from Austria, Europe) has been living, studying and working in China since 2010. Stefan has worked on several research, publication and consulting projects focusing on the China Travel Market. He holds two Masters degrees and is an expert on China Outbound Tourism, Marketing and Social Media in China. Stefan works with BMG on the Global Ready China Seminars as well as the Global Ready China News and related projects. He also has teaching engagements in the areas of eMarketing and Tourism Strategy.

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