Evaneos, a French online specialist for customized travel, closed a $6m financing round.
The company intends to use the funds to develop new services.
Founded in 2009 by Eric La Bonnardière, CEO, and Yvan Wibaux, CTO, Evaneos.com allows users to estimate the cost and book a personalized trip by receiving advice and assistance of local agents established in the destination country.
These local agents are tourism professionals (also called DMC – Destination Management Company) who traditionally provide services to major tour operators. Through the platform, they work directly for travelers and provide with a tailored service, specialized expertise and assistance on site (pick-up at the airport, assistance number 24/7).
The company is already established in France, Spain, Italy and Germany and to date has served 30,000 travelers to discover countries such as India, Tanzania, Costa Rica, Indonesia or China.
These are the figures of Evaneos:
– 2010 : 1400 travelers – 2M€ sales – 6 employees
– 2011 : 6000 travelers – 7M€ sales – 12 employees
– 2012 : 10000 travelers – 14M€ sales – 20 employees