YACHTICO.com Sets Course for the US

Yachtico.com Raises Fresh Funding – The Leading Boat Search Engine in Europe Sets Course for the US

 

–  IBB Beteiligungsgesellschaft and other companies invest in an expansion round

–  Looking forward to the US market for strategic growth potential

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Yachtico.com, the international online search engine for boat rental and yacht charger completed a second round of funding. The capital injection provided by the investors is in the low seven figures. The investors for this round include existing institutional investors such as the VC Fonds Kreativwirtschaft Berlin (managed by IBB), as well as new partners and ProFIT, a special program supporting research, innovation and technology in Berlin. Yachtico.com plans to use this round of financing for international expansion, with a focus on the US market.

The platform has always been international, available in German and English since its launch. Hence, half of its users come from other countries than the German-speaking area. With over 17,000 boats worldwide available to book on the site, there are frequent charter requests from as far away as Asia, Australia, New Zealand. Co-founder Steffen Brünn however thinks that the US market offers the greatest potential for the strategic growth of Yachtico.com: “There are three favorable factors combined in the USA. There is an extensive coastline as well as many private and commercial boat and yacht owners. At the same time, Americans are more accustomed to booking travel online. Last but not least, the trend for independent holidays and private rentals in Europe creates mutual synergy in the US market.”

Founder Steffen Brünn thanks the commitment of the existing investors: “we are very happy to have the trust of our existing investors in this new round. We are confident that Yachtico can offer attractive chances to generate revenue on the invested capital.”  “With over 17,000 boats on the platform and growing, Yachtico.com is clearly on the right course for growth and we want to continue to expand our investment“, adds Rima Thadani, investment manager at the IBB Beteiligungsgesellschaft.

 

In 2012, 24 percent of Germans booked their vacation homes online. Back in 2009, only 17 percent did so (Federal Statistical Office 2013). Yachtico benefits from the growing trend of online travel planning by providing their users with comprehensive information for their trips, such as detailed destination and route guides, transparency on the actual costs involved, and local sailing requirements. In keeping with the motto “book in three clicks” Yachtico offers its customers a user friendly experience.

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About Yachtico.com

 

Yachtico.com is an international online search engine for boat rental and yacht charter. We enable our users to find and charter yachts quickly and easily by bringing boat seekers and providers together. There are over 17,000 boats on the platform for rental worldwide, including Germany, Mediterranean countries, USA, Caribbean and Asia. The target demographic includes sailors and watersport fans at any age or skill level. Founders of Yachtico.com are Yier Erin Bargeld, Steffen Brünn and Ron Hillmann, who together have extensive experience in founding start-ups as well as business angels. Over 150,000 users currently visit the portal each month and search for yacht charter offers.

Full time Sales & Customer Care position available

(Berlin RAH) – Full time Sales & Customer Care position available with the worlds #1 boat rental & Yacht charter platform Yachtico.com 

The Company: Yachtico.com is an international online search engine for Boat & Yacht Charter. We allow our users to find and charter yachts quickly and easily. We bring boat “seekers” and providers together.

The Yachtico.com team consists of motivated and open-minded employees who are efficient and reliable. We are currently looking for experienced sales professionals, driven toward success with a genuine interest in assisting our customers experience sailing all over the globe.

Job Description: Your main responsibilities will be to generate revenue through achieving sales targets, with the expectation to meet and exceed our customers’ needs and expectations. As a Yachtico.com sales member you will promote and represent the Yachtico.com brand through exceptional communication, follow-up, and customer-ready presentation skills. On a day- to-day basis, your tasks will include (Though will not be limited to):

  • Establish new accounts, obtain orders and service existing accounts by planning and organizing your daily work schedule to call on existing or potential sales outlets and other trade factors.
  • Focus sales efforts by studying existing and potential clients and services.
  • Develop detailed proposals to meet customer challenges.
  • Use CRM to record all prospective activity and account management activity on a daily basis.
  • Keep management informed by actively submitting results and reports, such as weekly & monthly work plans as well as annual territory analysis.
  • Recommend changes in products, services, and policy by evaluating results and competitive developments.
  • Provide additional revenue by being aware of development opportunities within existing engagements, or new opportunities within a customers’ organization.
  • Resolve customer complaints by investigating problems; developing solutions, preparing reports, and making recommendations to management.
  • Contribute to team efforts by supporting and accomplishing targets and results as needed.

To achieve these goals, you will be working as a part of our friendly Yachtico.com Customer Care team. Your work will enable our company to maintain its image as the world’s number 1 Yacht search engine.

Requirements: Customer Service, Closing Skills, Territory Management, Punctuality, Prospecting Skills, Negotiation, Self-Confidence, Product Knowledge, Presentation Skills, Client Relationships, Motivation for Sales.

Skills/Qualifications: We require a highly motivated & organized team player with extensive sales and customer relations experience, preferably in travel, with a minimum of 3 years’ experience in the sales field. You will have demonstrated strong skills in Customer Service and meeting Sales targets as well as a positive attitude, along with a strong drive to achieve and progress in the workplace. Applicants should be native English speakers. Knowledge of German is an advantage.

How To Apply: Applications may be submitted in English online at http://jobs.yachtico.com/ or by e-mail no later than June 30th 2013 to:

Yachtico.com Headquarters: Poststr. 21, 10178 Berlin

phone: +49 30 5770 6644, fax: +49 30 6098 6397

email: sb@yachtico.com http://jobs.yachtico.com 
Attention: Steffen Bruenn

Meet & Greet Yachtico at Düsseldorf Boat Show – Boot 2013

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The annual Düsseldorf international boat show, more commonly referred to as ‘boot Düsseldorf’, has been running for over 40 years and is now one of the world’s premier boat shows with over 1,600 exhibitors.

 

 

 

The focus this year at ‘Boot Düsseldorf 2013’ is to prepare for the future of the European marine industry, which confronts major demographic challenges in an ageing society.

YACHTICO.com, as the world’s leading online yacht booking platform with over 16,000 boats available, is attending the Düsseldorf Boat Show 2013 for the second time to showcase why working with the platform is highly beneficial to all involved in the industry and to establish even more contact with both new and existing partners.

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Bruenn / Hillmann

Our CEOs Steffen Bruenn and Ron Hillman alongside the new Head of Marketing Mirko Oestergaard will be appearing at the Boat show between Monday and Wednesday in Düsseldorf. If you would like to set up a meeting with one or all, please forward your contact details and enquiries to simone @ yachtico.com or call Yachtico head office on +49 30 5706644 to organize a time and we will be in touch with you shortly.

 

The Rolex Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race 2012

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Since it’s inauguration in 1945, the Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race has become one of the top three offshore yacht races throughout the world and it continues to grow as more sailors wish to experience the challenge of the Tasman sea – well known for its treacherous waters and unpredictable nature.  Those who follow the race and its history will know that this Yacht race has been known to claim many vessels to the ocean as well as honorable sailors’ lives.

The race typically begins in Sydney’s harbor of Vaucluse, where the larger boats will lead off before the fleet converge out to sea and make their way down the eastern coast of Australia to Tasmania’s capital of Hobart. In the beginning years this race could take anywhere between 6 and 11 days for all boats to complete, however fast forward to 2012 and the entire race has been recorded to finish in as little as 2-3 days.
The fastest record was set in 2005 by a New South Wales entered yacht that completed the journey in 1 day and 18 hours & prompted the praise of the race’s ability to enhance performance in racing and yacht design.

With so many entrants, including the return of last year’s winner and the new arrival of relatively unknown international entrants, the race is predicted to be a big success and the winner will be anyone’s guess. Keep your eyes peeled this Christmas for more news of this wonderful race and perhaps consider your own entry for a challenge next year!

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