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This article was published on January 7, 2013

    Online tour booking startup GetYourGuide raises $14 million

    Online tour booking startup GetYourGuide raises $14 million Image by: Alex Kalina
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    Zurich, Switzerland-based startup GetYourGuide has raised $14 million in fresh funding, according to Swiss publication Der Sonntag (via VentureVillage). The capital injection comes from Spark Capital and Highland Capital Partners Europe.

    GetYourGuide enables people to book tours and activities (think: shark diving) online to avoid the usual hassle and skip the queuing at popular attractions all around the world.

    According to its website, GetYourGuide currently offers ‘more than 16,900 things to do in over 1,680 destinations’ for instant booking.

    In addition, the company partners with a host of online travel agents, hotel chains, travel communities, government tourism boards and more.

    In March 2012, GetYourGuide announced that it had raised $2 million in seed funding from PROfounders Capital and others, so this round brings its total to approximately $16 million.

    The company, actually a spin-off of the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, was originally founded in 2008 and currently employs 75 staff in its offices in Zurich, Berlin and Las Vegas.

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