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Nature travel startup Campanyon closes €1.5m funding round

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Norway: Oslo-based nature and sustainable lodging reserving platform, Campanyon, has raised greater than €1.5 million [NOK 15.5 million] in funding in a bid to make nature accessible to all travellers.

The announcement was made lower than a yr after the travel tech startup closed a €499,000 [NOK 5 million] seed round and fewer than two years after Campanyon was fashioned.

By contributing to the newest round, Schibsted Ventures has develop into the biggest exterior investor in Campanyon, and joins present traders resembling Eirik Frøyland Ribe [Tise], Even Heggernes [Nabobil], Trond Riber Knudsen, Odd Reidar Øie, Aleksander Gamme, Jan Grønbech [former Google Norway country manager], Stratel and Startuplab in investing within the firm.

Campanyon’s digital market permits campers and adventurers to discover new locations and e-book a spread of nature travel experiences, resembling tenting, glamping, hammocks, cabin leases, motorhome parks and farms. Both travellers and hosts are actively inspired to work together earlier than the journey and share ideas and information about find out how to get probably the most out of the expertise and shield the setting.

In the house of two years, the startup has grown into 16 international locations, attracted greater than 400 hosts and created 900 listings. Campanyon already claims to have reached “several thousand” customers and is aiming to register 100,000 customers this yr.

Co-founder Alexander Raknes says that Campanyon is primed to supply a brand new travel proposition throughout Europe and globally, given the growing consciousness of nature travel and the potential for speedy progress sooner or later.

He mentioned: “Many have opened their eyes to camping, outdoor life and various types of farm tourism in recent years, and this market has enormous potential. Think of all those who sit on a gem, but who do not quite know how to organise a rental.”

Schibsted Ventures funding supervisor Christian Horn-Hanssen concurs, saying: “There is a growing market for sustainable tourism with proximity to good nature experiences. There is broad agreement whether these are trends we know will be even stronger in the years to come, and Schibsted Ventures is of course pleased to be early in a platform like this.”

The startup’s newly developed app additionally launches this month, which can assist it to achieve much more traveller demographics throughout the continent.

Looking forward, Campanyon desires to proceed rising its neighborhood and supply extra native and sustainable tourism alternatives. The startup plans to make use of the newest funding to fund sources for advertising and marketing, gross sales and growth in each present and new markets.

While corporations resembling The Dyrt and Hipcamp within the United States have made their mark within the nature travel phase, the idea is being rolled out en masse now throughout Europe as traders eye up a post-pandemic travel pattern. Austin-based rural lodging reserving platform Yonder expanded its operations into the UK in May, whereas tenting market Wildpoint secured £265,000 in pre-seed funding in July, and the idea can be being developed additional afield in international locations resembling Australia.