Dutch Goboony which was founded in 2015 just announced it has landed a €6 million funding backed by Amsterdam-based venture capital firm No Such Ventures for the subject platform designed to connect motorhome owners and travelers.
Looking at the European markets, it’s been observed motorhomes have been embraced as a traditional way of traveling in Europe based on their popularity as it offers users the freedom to hit the open road. While travel and tourism are yet faced with massive impacts from the coronavirus pandemic, motorhomes have proven to shape the whole picture since it is a safe way to travel as they are a naturally socially distanced option, as a result, the industry has seen a boom over the past couple of years have witnessed a tremendous increase in interest fuelled by stay-at-home tourism.
According to data published recently by the NCC (National Caravan Council) which reveal record numbers of motorhomes coupled with campervans were sold in the United Kingdom in the 12 months from 1st July 2020 to the end of June 2021, is believed to have been fuelled by continued growth in demand for UK holidays. It’s also been figured out that a total of 16,608 new motorhomes were registered with the DVLA, a representation of an 8.25% increase on the previous record of 15,342 notably in the same period of 2018/2019 (pre-COVID).
In 2015, the Dutch Goboony which focuses on the motorhome and camper van community actually got inspired by Airbnb, Foppe Mijnlieff, and Mark de Vos. As a result, the aforementioned entities started the subject platform which allows motorhome owners to earn back what they spent to purchase and maintain their vehicles. However, based on the latest development Goboony’s CEO ‘Mark de Vos’ commented:
“In the past two years alone, the business has experienced triple-digit supply growth (236%) as a result of a strong increase in motorhome ownership across Europe and the growing popularity of ‘van life’ amongst the younger generations. Our platform is an international community where motorhome enthusiasts – owners and travelers – are connecting and sharing their passion for having freedom and adventure on the open road. It’s an incredibly exciting place to be”.
Currently, the subject startup has more than 5,000 vehicles on its platform and has already served over 100,000 people on holiday from the Netherland, Italy, the United Kingdom, and Belgium. According to a source familiar with the matter, noted that Goboony launched activities in Germany and France, while the company is equally working on the launch of a new range of products across all regions that will include insurance policies.
Nonetheless, the latest fundraise from No Such Ventures will enable the young company to double down on ‘share the freedom’ across Europe, and will also enhance the business in focusing on further international expansion, with the aim of establishing its footprint as Europe’s top sharing platform for motorhomes.
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