online travel agency Traveloka has raised $250 million in what it calls “a
strong vote of confidence in [its] resilience and the viability of the regional
company does not name the global financial institution it says led the round. It
also says additional participation came from existing investors.
to this, Traveloka’s most recent fundraise was in April 2019, a private equity
round of $420 million led by GIC with participation from EV Growth.
a doubt, Traveloka has been profoundly affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. We
have experienced the lowest business rate that we have ever seen since our
inception,” says Ferry Unardi, co-founder and CEO of Traveloka.
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we always believed that the company will prevail by rapidly adjusting our strategy,
working with our industry and ecosystem partners, as well as continuing to
innovate for our users, our ultimate focus.”
says it will use the funding to build “a more robust and integrated Travel
& Lifestyle portfolio in key markets as well as expanding its Financial
Services solutions to better support ecosystem partners.”
the past few months, the company has developed several initiatives related to
COVID-19, including partnering with healthcare providers to enable users to schedule
a COVID-19 test at the same time they are booking travel.
has also created an open date “Buy Now Stay Later” voucher for hotels, online
experiences and weekly live streams showing virtual tours of hotels and cities
that are prioritizing hygiene standards.
am happy to share that on the business front, we are seeing encouraging
recovery across all of our key markets. Our business in Vietnam is approaching
steady pre-COVID-19 levels and Thailand business is on its way to surpass 50%.
Indonesia and Malaysia are still in the early stage, but they continue to
demonstrate promising momentum with strong week-to-week improvement, especially
in accommodation with the emergence of shorter-distance staycation behavior,” Unardi
acknowledge that the sector may go through further turbulence as it navigates
new waves, but we feel we are prepared to take on the challenge and emerge on
the right side of it.”