MeetingPackage.com accelerates growth and internationalization with a 1.2 million Euro seed round that was closed earlier this year. Among the investors are several seasoned entrepreneurs in the travel industry. MeetingPackage.com has won several large deals recently, proving the value proposition towards both meeting venues and meeting bookers. The company aims to close an A-round by the end of 2017.
MeetingPackage.com is backed by several experienced travel industry entrepreneurs and executives including Jani Kaskinen, former CEO of Hotelzon (acquired by Travelport), Andreas Hansson, co-founder and previous CEO of Cabforce (acquired by CarTrawler), Jaakko Ollila, co-founder of CRF Health, as well as Takeoff Partners.
“Online meeting sector is interesting, emerging business and MeetingPackage.com has taken good position as a leading provider for booking meeting rooms online. Latest technology development opens up the market globally and I am excited to be part of this journey”, says Jani Kaskinen.
Joonas Ahola the CEO and founder of MeetingPackage.com says: “Our mission is to become the number #1 platform for searching, booking and managing offsite meeting rooms & venues globally by 2020. Our recent deals with companies such as Carlson Wagonlit Travel and Regus have provided us with encouraging feedback on our service offering. We have also made great progress on the service development side, most notably our recent announcement of being the first marketplace ever to be fully integrated with Oracle's Opera Sales & Catering system. This integration gives us direct access to the availability and pricing for meeting rooms from the majority of hotels in the world. And last but not least, while our customers get to book meeting rooms online in real-time, we also offer hotels an online booking engine that is embedded in their own channels which makes their meeting room inventory available online and maximizes the utilization of it”.
In addition to previous presence in the Nordic, Baltics and the UK, MeetingPackage.com has expanded recently to Italy, Spain, Czech Republic and Germany and is aiming to launch in France, Portugal, Netherlands and Poland in the coming months.
Ahola continues: “We will continue to press the pedal to the metal, pursuing rapid business growth. Towards the end of 2017, we’re looking at closing an A-round to accelerate our expansion particularly in the US market.”
MeetingPackage.com is a Finnish travel technology company established in 2014, providing users and hotels a common platform for searching, booking and managing meeting rooms and related service packages online, with an inventory of more than 250,000 meeting rooms around the world. The service is offered in all major languages. The CEO is Joonas Ahola, and the company has offices in Finland (HQ), UK, Spain, Italy, Czech Republic and Germany.