Campspace pegs €3M round, acquires German competitor Pop-Up Camps

An acquisition and a seed investment round for Camping areaa platform with more than 2,000 games to stay under the tent in 30 countries.

The company, created in 2017 and based in the Netherlands, brought in 3 million euros in an initial funding round led by VNV Global.

David Vismans (previously Head of Product at Booking.com) and Andrea Carini backed the round as angel investors.

Campspace simultaneously announced the acquisition of Pop-Up Camps, a German competitor in the campsite booking business.

The company says it will use the investment and the acquired brand to enter the German market and elsewhere in Europe.

It also builds on a growing trend for travelers to consider sustainable options for their accommodation selection, highlighting a recent study by Booking.com which claims that 81% of consumers will opt for greener types of hospitality.

Hugo van Donselaar, CEO and co-founder, says: “Currently, the travel industry accounts for around 10% of global CO2 emissions. Due to continued population growth and prosperity, the number of tourists and the negative impact on our environment will only increase.

“By opening up hidden outdoor stays closer to you, we’re making tourism more sustainable and meeting the needs of the next generation of travellers. We live in the most connected time in human history, but on an individual level, we remain incredibly disconnected.

“Our platform provides people with unique experiences and memories, but not at the expense of the planet and local communities.

Since its launch (van Donselaar was joined by Merijn Straathof and Jeroen Wielaards in the founding team), Campspace claims to have grown at a rate of 300% per year and claims that the surge in popularity of outdoor travel after the pandemic “hasn’t slowed down yet”. .”