GoZayaan becomes the first travel-tech platform in Bangladesh that has acquired a company beyond its borders.
GoZayaan started its journey with the mission to shift the tourism scene into the digital space. The company’s passion for solving problems through rapid technology adoption was proven when it saw near 10 times growth over the year 2021 – a time when tourism was at its lowest due to the pandemic.
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For this acquisition, GoZayaan raised another undisclosed amount of seed extension round which was backed by existing investors, Nordstar Partners, Saurabh Gupta, Partner at DST Global and Alexander Rittweger, Founder of PAYBACK. Last year, GoZayaan closed its $2.6M seed round which was led by Wavemaker Partners and joined by VCs such as Ratio Venture, 1982 VC, Iterative, Century Oak Capital along with current and former Airbnb Execs.
Previously, Go Zayaan had raised its pre-seed round from BRAC Osiris Impact Ventures. GoZayaan has been trying to find digital solutions to travel problems by building an end-toend automated travel booking system. The core reason for acquiring a Pakistani travel-tech platform is the similarity in geography, internet penetration and user behavior in terms of travel booking.
This acquisition will play a key role in shaping the future of travel in the South Asian region as GoZayaan expands overseas, paving a path of tech-enabled innovative solutions.
GoZayaan CEO Ridwan Hafiz says, “Bangladesh has the potential to create not just local, but also regional or global companies. We are going to try exactly that. This unlocks a total addressable market for us which is massive because together, Bangladesh and Pakistan constitute 5% of the world’s total population. We said we were going to create the future of travel; well the future starts now.”
GoZayaan plans to cater to more customers with better user experience, technological support and offer further digital solutions to make travel more convenient. A new notion of pride is added as GoZayaan’s acquisition of a Pakistani travel-tech platform sets the stage for future deals overseas, signaling an OTA boom in the South Asian market.
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