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15/05/2018
Counting On Success Episode 3: Secret Escapes


Cofounders: Alex Saint & Tom Valentine
Date of creation: June 2010
Headquarters: 120 Holborn, London, EC1N 2TD, UK
Employees: 800
Sector: Travel


Date of investment: February 2016
Followed by: Guillaume Durao
Amount invested: €23.9m

 

Alex Saint, CEO

After graduating with a degree in Geography from the University of Nottin-gham in 1993, Alex spent 7 years in sales and marketing management at Unilever. He then moved into the media industry, working as a Publisher for both Associated New Media and Associated Newspapers, where he was in charge of online travel operations. Building on his experience in this sector, he then became a consultant at Telextext Holidays, a British travel agency. In 2005, Alex joined DMC Digital as Chief Executive, where he launched dealchecker.co.uk, the travel price comparison website out of which Secret Escapes was created in 2010.

PRESENTATION OF SECRET ESCAPES

Secret Escapes is a London-based international online marketplace for affordable luxury travel deals, offering its members exclusive deals on hand-picked hotels and holidays at up to 70 per cent off. Since the brand's arrival onto the global travel scene in 2011, Secret Escapes has launched in 21 territories in Europe, Asia and the US, and has taken leading positions in Germany, Sweden and Poland.


A WORD FROM GUILLAUME DURAO, INVESTMENT DIRECTOR AT IDINVEST

"A clear leader in the travel flash sales industry, Secret Escapes has proved to be the preferred and trusted partner of thousands of hotels owners in Europe and beyond. We have been proud to support the team for the last few years, and we are convinced that Secret Escapes can become a global multi-billion turnover business in the coming years and the place for smart consumers looking to book their holidays".




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