Easyvoyage Supports Strong UK Growth with Acquisition of Dealchecker

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Easyvoyage, Europe’s second largest travel portal, has acquired leading UK price comparison and travel deals website, http://www.dealchecker.co.uk, in a major expansion move that strengthens Easyvoyage’s position as a top travel referral website. Easyvoyage.co.uk now ranks as the seventh largest travel portal* and the fourth largest travel comparison website** in the UK.

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We felt that Easyvoyage was a great fit for our business and for the team here. Easyvoyage is fast becoming Europe's leading travel search and information business and we believe that dealchecker.co.uk will flourish within that environment.

Easyvoyage, Europe’s second largest travel portal, has acquired leading UK price comparison and travel deals website, http://www.dealchecker.co.uk, in a major expansion move that strengthens Easyvoyage’s position as a top travel referral website. Easyvoyage.co.uk now ranks as the seventh largest travel portal* and the fourth largest travel comparison website** in the UK.

Created in 2005 by Alex Saint, Troy Collins and Andrew Bredon, dealchecker.co.uk has grown rapidly to become one of the UK’s most successful online travel companies. Its website offers search engines for flights, hotels, holiday packages and car hire. The company also provides a weekly selection of great, hand-picked travel offers known as Real Deals - to its one million newsletter subscribers.

Easyvoyage also announced it has acquired top German price comparison website, TravelJungle, operating in Germany, France and the UK, and online e-marketing agency FSI, which manages four million active subscribers. As a result of these three acquisitions, which total just over 10 million Euros, in 2011 Easyvoyage estimates that it will generate 800 million Euros worth of travel sales for its clients.

Founded in June 2000 by Jean Pierre Nadir, Easyvoyage is a travel portal offering editorial content, price comparison, hotel reviews, travel deals and a community forum. The group covers the five main European markets; France, UK, Germany, Spain and Italy, and has 3.4 million unique users per month – an average of 10 million unique users annually***. Easyvoyage also has eight million active newsletter subscribers in Europe, boasting the largest number of newsletter subscribers for a travel portal in Europe.

Jean-Pierre Nadir, founder and CEO of the Easyvoyage Group, said: “We’re incredibly pleased to have made these important additions to our business which have reinforced our leading position. Our footprint already reaches 21 per cent of travel internet users in the world****, and these new acquisitions provide a great worldwide growth potential. We have ambitious expansion plans for the UK and we aim to achieve one billion Euros worth of sales to our partners in 2012. We also hope to grow our UK email database to 7 million subscribers in 2013.”

Alex Saint, CEO, dealchecker.co.uk, which ranks among the top five travel comparison sites in the UK, comments: “We felt that Easyvoyage was a great fit for our business and for the team here. Easyvoyage is fast becoming Europe's leading travel search and information business and we believe that dealchecker.co.uk will flourish within that environment.”

Troy Collins, Commercial Director, dealchecker.co.uk, adds: “There's clearly a very strong similarity of approach between the two teams. We’re both focused on providing a quality audience to our advertising partners and the combined business will have a terrific client base.”

Gereon Krahn, TravelJungle, said: “Easyvoyage is a proven market leader, with vision, technological leadership and unique approach to metasearch. Partnering with EasyVoyage will help us to grow the TravelJungle historic brand in the UK and Europe, and combine the strengths of one of the first meta-searches with highly topical content.”

Thomas Thiollier, FSI Travel, said: “We believe this is a fantastic opportunity to join one of the European market leaders in database monetisation with a clear focus on the travel sector. This move fits our strategy to become one of the leading email marketers in the UK.”

NOTES TO EDITORS

*Top travel portals in the UK following the acquisition

Number    Media    Number of visitors
1    Tripadvisor     4,592
2    Cheapflight     1,835
3    Travelsupermarket.com     1,640
4    Yahoo! Travel    1,129
5    Skyscanner.net    1,097
6    Teletextholidays.co.uk    1,039
7    Easyvoyage + Dealchecker    981
8    MSN Travel    924
9    Kayak.com network    823
10    About.com travel    707
11    Travelzoo.com     664

Source:
Comscore July 2010 (Deduplicated figures)

**Top price comparison websites in the UK following the acquisition

Number    Media    Number of visitors
1    Cheapflight sites    1,835
2    Travelsupermarket.com    1,640
3    Skyscanner.net    1,097
4    Easyvoyage + Dealchecker    981
5    Kayak.com network    823

Source:
Comscore July 2010 (Deduplicated figures)

*** 3.4 million unique users per month (figure sourced from Comscore – July 2010)
     Average of 10 million unique users annually (figure sourced from Xiti)

**** Source: Comscore October 2010

K €    2010    2011    2012    2013    2014
Estimate of OTA worth of sales generated by Easyvoyage    450,000    800,000    1,000,000    1,200,000    1,500,000

About the group Easyvoyage.com
Launched in January 2001 by Jean-Pierre Nadir, http://www.Easyvoyage.com is the first editorial portal devoted to travel with trade intermediation. Easyvoyage presents an original approach combining four dimensions in one site: high-quality editorial content (a team of nearly 100 people, with 25 journalists who work non-stop seven days a week), comparison of market offers (flights, tours, holidays and hotels), classification of hotels (over 6,000 hotels qualified) and community approach (forum and product grading by the clients). To fulfil this all-inclusive approach to the market, Easyvoyage has specifically dedicated micro-sites for each topic developed on the portal: easyvols.fr, forum.easyvoyage.com and reserver1hotel.fr. Easyvoyage receives an average of 100,000 visitors a day, amounting to more than 6 million a month, with 10 million pages viewed, and at the end of 2007 it acquired all the sites developed by the company CNI: Alibabuy.com, Prixdesvoyages.com, Prixdesvols.com and Hoymevoy.com. Today, 10% of French Internet surfers use Easyvoyage to prepare their trip (holidays and tours). In 2009, Easyvoyage generated a volume of sales in excess of 450 million euros with all the trading partners on the site. In June 2007 the site was set up in Spain with Easyviajar.com, in March 2008 in Italy with Easyviaggio.com, In December 2008 in England with Easyvoyage.co.uk and on 25 November 2009 in Germany with Easyvoyage.de.

Easyvoyage: 2010 Achievements
New functionalities:
o    Implementation of a flight price predictive model: Price History (on line) and Price Forecast (coming soon)
o    New hotels search-engine functionality
o    Database with 250,000 geolocated hotels, representing over 90% of the hotel offer available online
o    EasyOpinions re-development : Short reviews that favour instant information exchange. Member registration and community logic. Users create their own profiles
o    Iphone app. launch: Over 100,000 downloads already
o    Flights Search / Cheap Flight Alert / Flight Offers World Map / Holiday Selector Game
o    Launch of unique Weather Comfort Index tool for over 200 tourism destinations based on a number of factors, including: Temperature / Wind / Water Temperature / Rain / Sunbathing

About dealchecker.co.uk
Created in 2005 by Alex Saint, Troy Collins and Andrew Bredon, dealchecker.co.uk is an informediary travel portal based in London. The company has grown rapidly to become one of the most successful online travel businesses in the UK. Its website contains search engines for flights, hotels, packages and car hire, and the company provides a selection of Real Deals both on its website and to its one million subscribers.

Dealchecker’s key figures:
Audience Comscore July 2010: 636,000
Audience Comscore July 2009: 317,000

o    Nominated as one of the five best price comparison websites of the year in the UK
o    Top 3 websites with the highest growth across Europe in this industry
o    An average of 1.5 million clicks per month
o    20 employees: Technical Development: 7 / Sales: 6 / Finance and Editorial: 7
o    Sales multiplied by 2 between April 2007/ March 2008 and April 2009 / March 2010
o    Sales FY April 2010 / March 2011(estimated): 5.6M€
o    Sales FY April 2011/March 2012(forecast): 8.1M€, revenue growth: 44%
o    One million subscribers to the newsletter: 2nd after Travelzoo

About TravelJungle
German brand and price comparison website which operates in Germany, Spain and in the UK. TravelJungle was created in Germany in 2001 by Roland Krahn and has been present in the UK since 2003 and in Spain since 2005.
o    Top 3 in the German comparison market
o    1M€ turnover at its peak
o    Today, consolidated turnover (200K€), which just needs to be boosted again.
o    In partnership with leading OTA’s including Ebookers, Opodo and Lastminute

About FSI Travel
o    Online agency managing four million subscribers in the UK, founded by Thomas Thollier
o    Business model: monetizing third party subscriber databases through advertising campaigns
o    To grow Easyvoyage, Dealchecker and FSI databases to 7 million subscribers by 2013
o    Targeted turnover for FSI Travel: 2M€ first year, 5M€ from the third year

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