An Oslo-based ecological and sustainable lodging booking platform, Campanyon, has received over EUR1.5 million in funds to help ensure that nature is accessible to all.
The announcement came less than a year after the travel tech company closed a EUR499,000 seed round in less than two years since it was established.
Campanyon’s online marketplace allows campers and travelers to explore new places and book various outdoor experiences like camping, glamping, hammocks, motorhome parks, cabin rentals, and farms. Hosts and travelers are encouraged to communicate before the trip and share knowledge and tips on how to get maximum enjoyment from the experience and also help protect nature.
The business has grown to 16 countries in just two years, attracting more than 400 hosts and creating 900 listings. Campanyon has already claimed that it has attained several thousand users and plans to add 100,000 users by the end of the year.
Co-founder Alexander Raknes says that Campanyon is well-positioned to provide new options for travel across Europe and globally, given the growing awareness of the benefits of nature tourism and the possibility of significant growth in the coming years.
“Many have opened their eyes to outdoor activities, camping, and various forms of farm tourism in recent times. This market has immense potential. Imagine all the people who are sitting on a treasure and don’t exactly know how to arrange the rental.” Raknes said.
The brand-new app developed by the startup is also available this month and will allow it to reach even more of the demographics of travelers across the continent.
Campanyon aims to continue expanding its reach and provide more sustainable and local tourism opportunities in the future. Campanyon is planning to utilize the most recent investment to finance the marketing, sales, and development, both in existing and emerging markets
While companies like The Dyrt and Hipcamp in the United States have made their presence in the nature travel sector, the concept is being implemented all over Europe as investors are focusing on an emerging post-pandemic trend in travel.