Voopter (headquartered in Sao Paulo) is the largest meta-search engine in Brazil, with over 2M monthly visitors, and is made by Brazilians for Brazilians; a decisive factor for achieving the leadership of this segment. Voopter can be found in-airport kiosks, online, via their mobile app, or through Partners offering intra and international flights from Brazil.
Travel Capitalist Ventures participated in the Series B round along with Global Founders, the venture arm of Rocket Internet.
Flapper is a mobile marketplace for private flights, powered by machine learning..Flapper was born of a need for accessible on-demand flying services, including flights to airports inaccessible to commercial aviation. Using its app and corporate platform, passengers can book affordable jet and helicopter flights.Flapper was incubated by ACE, the region’s largest accelerator and backed by Facebook Start. Paul Malicki (ex-Easy Taxi, Forbes 30 under 30) is Flapper’s co-founder and CEO. It’s inaugural market of equals 2.8 MM upper middle class users and an equivalent of USD 1.3B which can be further multiplied via sharing offerings.
Guiddoo is a one-stop shop for in-destination experiences. Whether you are looking to book tours and activities, checking out dining options, wondering where to shop, exploring the nightlife, or just looking to relax at the best spa facility in hundreds of cities around the world. Guiddoo was, runner up for People’s Choice Award at PhocusWright Travel Innovation Summit 2016.
The Guiddoo website or app provides you the best information about Monuments, Museums, Tourist Locations, Cruises, Trains, Festivals, Cuisine, Music Festivals and a lot more. With features like Tours and Activities Marketplace, Audio-Visual Travel Content, Information about Restaurants, Spas, Nightclubs, Shopping and Booking Tools to enjoy an in-destination experience of a lifetime.
As seen on CNBC Young Turks, PhocusWright 2016, Forbes, Arabian Business, and Web In Travel.
JetSmart India is a B2B and B2C platform for managing and booking charter flights within India online or by phone.
Charter operators can manage their aircraft in addition to selling dead legs and charter flights. Their web-based system ensures streamlined management of your fleet in addition to additional revenue when your equipment is not in use.
Executives, high net worth individuals, and celebrities avail themselves of JetSmart’s charter service to ensure a friction free travel experience within India. Be it a short day trip to save opportunity cost for a team of executives to multi-day experiences, JetSmart is relied upon.
JetSmart currently has the largest number of charters of any booking platform in India.
As seen on CNBC India, Economic Times, Forbes and India Times.
The leading fishing charter booking platform offers fishing charter experiences in cities around the world and a complete B2B platform for captains to earn revenue while efficiently managing their fleet. Starting in Kuwait, the company expanded to Dubai and, recently, to the United States (the largest fishing market) and is backed by leading investors in and outside the region, long after the firms interest in the company. Backed by a passionate group of fishing addicts, the company continues to expand having leveraged the strategy and hands on advice received in it’s formative stages by Firm Partners.
CCU Corporate Holdings
Kolkata is the 7th largest city in India and home to global multi-nationals like Birla Corporation, Bata India, ITC Limited, Tata Steel processing and more. With a completely renovated airport, port access and leading inbound airline service, Kolkata offers corporate and short term housing for executives and expatriates.
The firms $20M USD land and building investment in prime Park Circus real estate addresses this need in the form of 2 and 3 bedroom flats with all modern amenities, sought after parking, close proximity to the city center and Salt Lake areas, flexible rental agreements including all amenities for 3 months to 3 years, and a 3 step friction-free move-in experience.
The investment exemplifies our focus on traditional “non-tech” investments within travel, particularly in fast growing markets such as India.
SA Hotel and Golf Holdings
The R570M investment in real estate, hotel, and a golf course makes Travel Capitalist Ventures one of the largest investors in South Africa. This 273+ hectare (2,730,00 square meters) property is zoned and titled for 500 home sites, a golf course, a boutique hotel, corporate housing, residential and timeshares. The 18-hole golf course is one of the last to be built in South Africa and offers pristine views of the surrounding natural forest and sea. Scheduled to go live in stages in 2018, 2020, and 2022, the investment signifies the firms commitment to South Africa and its travel potential.
inCruises® is the world’s first travel membership club focused exclusively on the best value in cruising. inCruises enables individuals to enjoy cruising at deep discounts or to become a Partner to earn commissions by marketing cruises to their contact base. inCruises handles all the selling, fulfillment and support and is a member of the Cruise Line International Association (CLIA# #00516413) and is a registered seller of travel in California, Washington, Iowa and Florida.
Travel Capitalist Ventures (Private Equity) makes travel $50M – $150M USD ($30M USD in emerging markets) private equity investments in buyouts including rollups, spin offs, turnarounds and MBOs in the Middle East, North & South Africa, India, China, Singapore, Brazil and the United States.
Travel Capitalist Ventures (Venture Capital) makes travel venture capital investments across stages ($500k to $20M) in underserved niches within our proprietary B2C and B2B Traveler Framework model.
Travel Capitalist (Real Estate) invests in select hospitality land holdings in South Africa and India where there is a significant travel and hospitality offering and growth beyond underlying real estate yield.
The Private Equity team at Travel Capitalist Ventures seeks to make travel focused equity in the range of USD$30 million to $250 million (or equivalent) in buyouts, recapitalizations, growth equity capital, LBOs, and MBs. We focus on Middle East, India, Brazil, Asia Pacific, South Africa, US, and select UK/EU countries that have strong potential for superior risk-adjusted returns.
Capital is sourced from 8 pools, including our evergreen Investment Fund, our Travel Holdings Fund (2017), 5 leading sovereign wealth funds we represent before during and after investment (including being on the Board, managing milestones and compliance, and providing strategy advice on an as-needed basis), and one of the largest private equity funds in the world.
Our Private Equity Partners combine exclusive access to proprietary deal flow, extensive travel domain expertise to vet qualified opportunities, leverage a global pool of seasoned travel and financial executives on a given deal time, leverage the firms global proprietary purchasing volumes, portfolio company synergies, and a network of partners and suppliers.
The Early Stage and Venture Capital team seeks to make early stage and venture capital investments in the Middle East, India, Asia, and US travel companies that have strong potential for rapid growth, offer lucrative disruption to status quo legacy players (however large and entrenched they may be), a strong fit with our value adds (in addition to our capital) and team and, last but not least, mutual alignment on the most efficient and effective roadmap the investment needs to follow in order to be successful.
Travel Capitalist (Real Estate) invests in select hospitality land holdings in South Africa and India where there are significant travel and hospitality offerings and growth, in addition to the underlying real estate yield.