The Hotels Network forges ahead with new growth, defining latest category in hotel marketing and sales tech
New funding round of $3.7M led by Seaya Ventures
Innovative hotel technology company The Hotels Network, has today announced it has successfully closed a new funding round of $3.7M drawing in leading investors from Europe and the US to be part of its growth story. The round was led by Seaya Ventures with the participation of SeedRocket 4Founders. Existing investors include US fund NFX.
The current product offering includes a comparator of reviews and prices, a full suite of personalization options, and predictive analytics that successfully help hotels bring back direct sales, increasing website conversions and equipping them with the right software to compete for customers online. The technology has shown proven results, with clients using The Hotels Network tools reporting a significant uplift in conversion rates– some seeing as much as +42% with sizable returns.
Investors coming on board and contributing to the funding include Spanish Venture Capital Fund Seaya Ventures, the founders of Europe's largest independent online travel agency eDreams-Odigeo, SeedRocket 4Founders Capital and US Venture firm NFX.
The Hotels Network Founder and CEO Juanjo Rodríguez commented, "We are delighted to have secured this funding. The company started as we identified a big gap between the quality of technology used by the large online players and that of hotels themselves, so we wanted to create a product to bridge that gap.
This new investment will help us on our mission to define a new category in the hotel tech stack, focused on improving user experience, increasing direct bookings and revenue. With our latest product developments, we are able to assist hotels in more areas – with a strong focus on data and machine learning. We've found the way to transform data into revenue at scale," he continued.
At the core of what The Hotels Network does is personalization, offering each hotel a tailored approach represented through all its products and integrations. "Each hotel has its own challenge when it comes to increasing conversions through direct bookings, so we work with our clients on a very personal level to identify the right set of tools to help them," added Rodríguez.
With exceptional growth over the last three years, investors have now come on board to take the company to the next phase, recognising the potential of the product to help improve the marketing funnel of any hotel, to win (or win back) customers online.
Antonio Gimenez de Cordoba, Partner at Seaya Ventures said, "We were impressed with the team's achievements to date. The Hotels Network is a perfect fit for us – the product is fantastic and the potential for huge growth is inevitable. Just what the hotel industry needed."
Javier Perez-Tenessa, from SeedRocket 4Founders Capital, and Founder of eDreams-Odigeo commented, "We have been impressed with Juanjo´s performance since THN's inception, especially its model of strong cooperation with hotels which empowers suppliers."
Mauricio Prieto, Co-Founder of eDreams-Odigeo joined the company's board after following its evolution over the past two years. He said, "I followed The Hotels Network closely as I believed its approach was unique and would bring extraordinary value to hotel groups and independent hotels around the world. I am thrilled to have joined the board as we grow the company and its product offering."
James Currier, Managing Partner at NFX, who has been with The Hotels Network since its inception added, "I met Juanjo in the US three years ago and was instantly captivated by his vision. The hospitality industry badly needs an alternative to the growing power of the major online travel agencies, and The Hotels Network is the best one out there, building network effects within a very fragmented industry."
About The Hotels Network
The Hotels Network is an innovative technology company working with over 3,000 hotels around the globe. Boasting an international team of specialists with deep expertise in hospitality, product design and consumer marketing, the company offers hotels the latest technology to increase their direct bookings by adding a layer of tools to their website and booking engine. The tools provide a comparison of reviews and prices, a full suite of personalization options, and predictive analytics.
The Hotels Network helps partners bring sales back to the hotel direct, increasing conversions on hotel websites and equipping any hotel with the right software to compete for customers online. The company"s mission is to improve the booking experience and bring transparency.
About Seaya Ventures
Seaya Ventures is a Spanish venture fund, founded in Madrid in 2013, that invests in early and growth stage Internet and technology-enabled businesses in Europe and Latin America. With more than €140M assets under management and offices in Madrid and Mexico City, Seaya transforms early and growth stage companies into category leaders at every level, helping them with their international expansion and creating lasting value. Seaya Ventures has invested in 16 companies so far.
About SeedRocket 4Founders Capital
SeedRocket 4Founders Capital is a venture fund founded in Barcelona in 2017, that invests in early-stage Internet and technology-enabled businesses in Europe. SeedRocket 4Founders team's international DNA and extensive experience as Founders and CEOs of successful technology companies allows them to assist entrepreneurs and maximize their chances of success to build high impact global technology businesses. SeedRocket 4Founders has invested in 12 companies so far.
NFX is a seed and series A venture firm based in San Francisco. Founded by entrepreneurs who built 10 companies with more than $10 billion in exits across multiple industries and geographies, NFX is transforming how true innovators are funded. @NFXguild