bookingkit’s software as a service (SaaS) platform is bringing the international tours and activities market into the digital era. The web-based solution gives activity providers control over their business processes, including bookings, payments, management and marketing, through a single digital interface. At the same time, the company operates as a neutral Global Distribution System (GDS) to provide travel agencies and marketing networks access to tours and activities in the form of a digital inventory. The result is a highly-automated and multifaceted range of activity offerings that can be booked in real time, with global reach, few barriers and efficient cost structures.
Currently, only about 25 percent of the activities market — valued at an estimated $100 billion USD — is digital. bookingkit’s effective business model lowers the technical and financial requirements for market newcomers to make the switch to conducting their businesses online. Despite their structural differences, activity providers operate on similar business models and processes. This makes it possible for a single platform to serve the business needs of each and every one of them. bookingkit maintains partnerships with the world’s most renowned marketing platforms and is the leading solutions provider in all German-speaking markets and in other individual sectors within Europe.
bookingkit was founded in Berlin in early 2014 by Christoph Kruse and Lukas C. C. Hempel. The company is backed by an advisory board consisting of travel and IT professionals. As early as the start of 2015, bookingkit received investments from Germany’s largest early stage investor, High-Tech-Gründerfonds (HTGF), and the Hamburg-based angel investor Robert Kabs. In 2016, Intermedia Venture, a Medien Union holding company and a leading media group in Germany, came on board as an additional investor.
Headquartered in Berlin, bookingkit boasts an international team of experts from the areas of tourism, IT, sales and marketing, with additional development teams located in Münster. The company is currently looking for talented professionals with fresh ideas, a committed attitude and a passion for the activities sector — outdoor, indoor, from cooking classes to paintball — to actively support all areas of business and push development of the bookingkit software solution throughout all of Europe.