The French start-up confirms its position as world leader in its field. Created in 2011, GuesttoGuest is revolutionizing home exchange. The platform offers users a more flexible service through a points system that allows non-reciprocal exchanges.
With this innovation and free registration, GuesttoGuest has democratized home exchange.
The young start-up has now reached a catalogue of more than 230,000 homes in 187 countries. For Emmanuel Arnaud and Charles-Edouard Girard, co-founders of GuesttoGuest: "With the acquisition of Trampolinn, 35,000 additional members will join our worldwide community, a significant contribution in view of our objective to acquire more than 100,000 new homes in 2016. In maintaining the Trampolinn platform, we will be able to open our market to a younger target population."
For Hugo Allary, founder of Trampolinn: “This acquisition by GuesttoGuest ensures the continued function of our platform and our community.”
In 2015, GuesttoGuest raised 4 million euros from MAIF insurance company. A sum which has allowed the young French start-up to multiply by six their number of available homes (38,000 in early 2014 compared with 235,000 today) and by 7 their number of associates (5 in 2012 compared with 35 in 2015).
Now available on Google Play and iOS, the app is available in five languages (English, French, Spanish, Italian, Portuguese), while the website also has German and Dutch versions.
Home exchange has met with unprecedented success since 2014. GuesttoGuest has thus seen its number of exchanges multiply by 5. This result confirms the anchoring of this collaborative phenomenon in international travel habits.
Home exchange has been around on the internet for more than 20 years. The concept is very simple: you stay at other peoples homes while they stay at yours. This system allows you to make considerable savings on your vacation budget, while also being a more authentic way to travel.
GuestToGuest is a social network whose members exchange their apartments or their homes during their vacation. It brings 3 major innovations to the home exchange concept:
The social network helps you find members that are similar to you. The GuestPoints system increases the number of exchanges you can make. The business model is based on being free: all of the paying services are optional.
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