We invest in growth-ready SMEs

that are making European travel and tourism more sustainable.

WHAT WE SEE

We believe that vacations should be tailor-made, by local hosts.

And local host platforms offer the widest selection of destinations and local tour operators. We focus our investments on Custom Trip and Specialty Platforms, and related travel technology companies and local tour operators.

Some 50 local host platforms serve the multi-day tour sector across three main categories.

Package Tour Platforms - aggregate and distribution scheduled/fixed multi-days tours

Custom Trip Platforms - connect travelers with local operators to organize a custom itinerary

Specialty Platforms - offer trips from operators around a specific themes or type of travel

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Everyone loves to travel...

…but negative climate and social impact is making people reconsider where/when/how and even why they travel.

Travel is a privilege and it’s something we should want to pass onto future generations. So that they too can experience the breath-taking beauty of our planet and the extraordinary cultures of its inhabitants.

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Travellers want to have a positive impact

This is not just about the personal choices each traveller makes, it is about a major shift in the way the world travels

71 %

of global travellers think travelcompanies should offer moresustainable travel choices

10 000 000

travellers using Skyscanner selected thelowest CO2 emission flight option over the last 12 months

68 %

of people said that it was important thatthe money they spent on travel went back into the local community

Our difference

Whilst there are many sector specialist investors (ie in Health tech, Clean Energy, Agritech, AI, etc..)…, there are only a handful of travel sector funds globally, across VC and PE. And while there are more and more Impact funds, to date no Impact travel funds exists.

By focusing on (climate) Impact and by investing both in start-ups and mature companies, Destino is uniquely positioned. Destino invests in companies that will make zero emissions in the travel industry a reality. The time is now.

Local host platforms combined reach <5% of the market.

Most local host platforms have overfit their growth strategies to existing playbooks. As a result, on average these platforms offer <100 destinations and no platform is actively present in >5 source markets.

By applying true network effects, we see huge opportunities for consolidation and growth.

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WHAT WE DO

Our core activities are investment and growth

We’re set to act as both a holding and management company.

What We Do

  • Impact returns
    With each investment we actively seek to slash CO2 emissions, while making real money. We imbed climate impact measurements in the reporting of our investments.

  • Stage agnostic
    Climate impact can be achieved by both start-ups with revolutionizing ideas and mature businesses who transform to become more climate impactful companies. Therefore, we don’t limit ourselves to a particular stage of investment. We love the excitement of a new venture, of mentoring start-up founders and helping them and their team flourish. At the same time, we hugely respect the trajectory of a mature business and always see potential for change, for transformation, for the road to zero emissions.

  • Pro-Active
    Most VC and PE firms receive thousands of investment proposals per year, only to invest less than 1% of the time. Thanks to our sector focus and our need to remain lean, we flip the funnel. We actively search for investments, so we reach out to companies, instead of the other way around. We constantly study the market and assess companies. From a strategic and financial perspective, and always within a climate impact framework. If we think there’s a fit, we’ll reach out to start a conversation.

  • Deal by Deal
    With each investment we actively seek to slash CO2 emissions, while making real money. We imbed climate impact measurements in the reporting of our investments.

  • Pre-and Post Investment
    Our journey really begins with our very first meeting. In fact, we look to add value even before we invest. By sharing our deep travel sector experience and our global network. And once we’re invested, we provide continuous support based on proven frameworks for climate impact, management and finance.

What we do

Impact Returns

With each investment we actively seek to slash CO2 emissions, while making real money. We imbed climate impact measurements in the reporting of our investments.

Stage agnostic

Climate impact can be achieved by both start-ups with revolutionizing ideas and mature businesses who transform to become more climate impactful companies. Therefore, we don’t limit ourselves to a particular stage of investment. We love the excitement of a new venture, of mentoring start-up founders and helping them and their team flourish. At the same time, we hugely respect the trajectory of a mature business and always see potential for change, for transformation, for the road to zero emissions.

Pro-Active

Most VC and PE firms receive thousands of investment proposals per year, only to invest less than 1% of the time. Thanks to our sector focus and our need to remain lean, we flip the funnel. We actively search for investments, so we reach out to companies, instead of the other way around. We constantly study the market and assess companies. From a strategic and financial perspective, and always within a climate impact framework. If we think there’s a fit, we’ll reach out to start a conversation.

Deal by Deal

Rather than raising a dedicated fund with a strict mandate, we source investment capital on a deal-by-deal basis. This gives us speed and flexibility. It means that we can focus on each individual opportunity, instead of a ‘spray and pray’ approach. With both initial investments and potential follow-ons, we invest with absolute conviction. We appreciate, but look beyond, synergy as we build our portfolio on a deal-by-deal basis.

Pre-and Post Investment

Our journey really begins with our very first meeting. In fact, we look to add value even before we invest. By sharing our deep travel sector experience and our global network. And once we’re invested, we provide continuous support based on proven frameworks for climate impact, management and finance.

How we do it

We don’t have a one-size fits all process. But with each investment we focus on one or multiple of these areas

Vision

Making sure everyone is 100% on the same page about where we’re going and how we’re going to get there.

People

By coaching and mentoring we help people to grow, both professionally and personally, so that our companies grow

Issues

We help our companies to become effective in Identifying, Discussing and ultimately Solving any issues to make them go away forever.

Data

We help to boil down our businesses to a handful of objective numbers (climate impact, financial and operational) that give an absolute pulse on where things are going.

Process

In order to create consistency and scalability in our companies we assist in identifying core processes that define the way to run our companies.

Traction

We help to bring discipline and accountability into each company. We help to take the vision down to the ground and help to make it real.

Portfolio

These are companies we have currently invested in. Going forward we focus on growth-ready SMEs that are making European travel and tourism more sustainable.

2020 –A label, distributor and publisher in the Latin/Tropical genre. Latin Grammy award winner

2022 – An all-in-one adventure travel planner. Bringing back fun and ease in self-organized travel

OUR TEAM

Team

We know how to evaluate targets and  select the right investments. We offer unique perspectives to unlock growth.

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Eddie Lubbers

FOUNDER / MANAGING PARTNER

Eddie is the founder of several successful travel companies. He was part of the start-up teams at Booking.com, Hotels.com and Lastminute.com.

& associates and advisors in Operations, Marketing, IT, Legal

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