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Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Valiant, Norwest and Intel Capital invest Rs 200 crore in Yatra.com

It's raining dollars for online travel portal companies operating in the Indian market. Just a few days ago Cleartrip.com raised $40 million (approximately Rs 180 crore) from Concur and now it's Yatra Online Pvt Ltd that has received a little over $40 million (approximately Rs 200 crore) funding from investors like Valiant Capital Management, Norwest Venture Partners (NVP) and Intel Capital.

The investment, Yatra said in an official statement, will help accelerate growth plans by enabling the company to increase sales and marketing activities, expand its hotels and holidays business and selectively pursue strategic acquisitions.

Dhruv Shringi, chief executive officer, Yatra, sais, the company has witnessed exponential growth over the last four years and is now one of the leading brands and household names in India. "This round of funding will enable us to broaden our reach and brand awareness in Tier II and Tier III towns, which are experiencing tremendous growth in e-commerce. In addition, we will use the funds to accelerate our expansion in the hotels and holidays segments," he said.

A leading consolidator of travel products, Yatra.com provides reservation facility for more than 3,800 hotels across 336 cities in India and over 90,000 hotels around the world.

“When we made a seed investment in Yatra.com in 2006, the online travel market in India was still at a nascent stage, but there was a tremendous need for innovation in this sector. We were confident that Yatra was at the forefront of the changing face of travel in India and the company was poised for tremendous growth,” said Promod Haque, managing partner at Norwest Venture Partners and Yatra chairman and board member.

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