GetYourGuide Acquires Gidsy

GetYourGuide, an online portal for tours and activities across the globe, acquired Gidsy, a Berlin, Germany-based peer-to-peer platform for discovering local experiences and things to do.

The sum of the transaction was not disclosed.

As a part of the deal, GetYourGuide will integrate Gidsy’s marketplace of experiences, which will be available at Gidsy’s team will join GetYourGuide. For the acquirer, which operates offices in Berlin, Las Vegas, and Zurich, the move aims to further strengthen its position as a portal for things to do all over the world.

Founded in 2011 by Edial Dekker, CEO, Gidsy is a marketplace that allows people to explore, book and organize experiences, in over 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 (read here).

Read below the letter signed by any member of the team, which appeared on Gidsy’s home page

Gidsy is now a part of GetYourGuide

Just over a year ago, we set out to change the way people travel and explore the world. The idea was sparked from a failed mushroom hunt – we couldn’t find a local expert to help us pick wild mushrooms for a risotto – and grew from there. Together with a Community of local guides and experts, passionate explorers, makers, foodies, pilots and more, Gidsy quickly expanded from Berlin to over 140 cities across the world.

Together with you, we brought Gidsy to every corner of the globe, started a Food Revolution, DIY’d over Maker Weekends, got together for Meetups and most importantly, had fun. We were constantly inspired and humbled by the wonderful stories we heard, and the people we met and were lucky to work with through Gidsy. Above all else, we must extend a heartfelt thank you to the amazing Gidsy Community, for everything.

We’re thrilled to be joining forces with GetYourGuide to help connect travelers with unique experiences worldwide. GetYourGuide is the world’s leading platform for tours, attractions and activities, with over 19000 things to do all over the globe. We’ve known the awesome GetYourGuide team for some time now, and share a common vision, which is why we couldn’t be happier with this next big step.

Our goals haven’t changed; we want to help anyone, anywhere to organize and find unique things to do. We want to foster connections between curious travelers and passionate locals. We believe the best things in life aren’t things, and we want to help change the way we all travel and experience the world.

We’re very excited to get started on this next adventure, and hope you’ll come along.

Keep exploring,
The Gidsy team.



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