BPI joins forces with GlobeSailor, European leader in the online yacht charter

Boat chartering is on the rise! Accessible, original and eco-friendly, sailing holidays and other pleasure boats are becoming more and more popular. Pioneers in a sector punctuated by uberisation, GlobeSailor and its team of enthusiasts have made boating available to all in just a few clicks.

Paris, 23rd October 2017: Through its investment fund dedicated to tourism, France Investment Tourism, the BPI is partnering with GlobeSailor by participating in a fundraising of €800,000. These new financial resources will enable GlobeSailor to accelerate its international growth and development, as well as to come up with exciting new and innovative offers.

BPI fundraising: Spotlight on one of the key players in the sector

“See bigger, see further” are the watchwords of the Public Investment Bank (BPI) and GlobeSailor, the leader in the rental of pleasure boats on the web. The association of these two visionary leaders in their field highlights an undeniable current trend: vacations at sea, aboard small units, to discover every corner of the world. This exceptional fundraising supports GlobeSailor’s pioneering and innovative role in the boating, cruising and e-commerce industry that is reaching all audiences today.

The BPI will also replace some of the historic shareholders, including members of the Paris Business Angels association, who entered the capital in 2010. “We are delighted by this new collaboration with BPI, which will bring its know-how to the tourism industry, and essential financial support to achieve our ambitious goals. Paris Business Angels has been with us for 7 years and their early-stage support has been invaluable: both to validate our proof of concept and to find the best business model possible” says Olivier Albahary, founding president of GlobeSailor.

Founded in 2008, GlobeSailor has established itself in this fast-growing market. Since then, it has continued to undertake and create new products, reaching a turnover of 20 million euros in 2016, echoing the 40% growth that GlobeSailor achieves each year. With 25,000 customers on board per year, GlobeSailor is now the leading boat rental agency in Europe.

In almost a decade of operation, GlobeSailor has built a strong network of more than 800 professional rental bases around the world. As the European leader in yachting, the company also relies on the widest selection available on the internet by referencing more than 10 000 sailboats, yachts, catamarans and other motorboats for rent with or without crew, at the best price on the market.

A true online boat rental platform, www.theGlobeSailor.com has the first real-time availability system ever created, valid on more than 6,000 boats. A fast, efficient and responsive on-line service to book your boat and holidays 100% online! The success of GlobeSailor: Professionalism and Passion Olivier Albahary, founding president of GlobeSailor was the first to bet on the rental combination on the internet / yachting. Passionate about sailing, this daring entrepreneur graduated from the AgroParisTech engineering school in 2003. He began his career in the cleantech sector in the Agoranov incubator until 2008, when he embarked on a futuristic bet: to create his own pleasure boat rental business online.
Olivier Albahary’s team is composed of nautical experts who guide the passengers upstream and downstream in the handling of their boat: a group of sales people listening to the personal travel desires of each individual customer, in order to find them their ideal boat in the perfect destination for their future cruise. At GlobeSailor, each customer is paired with a dedicated adviser who makes tailor-made quotes and provides all the necessary information on boats, cruises and destinations within a maximum of 24 hours.

The powerful teams of the company and Internet users both have access via the site www.GlobeSailor.fr, to a revolutionary tool allowing them to consult the fleets available to rent in a destination, then to reserve directly with the lessor manager of the boat. This multicriteria search engine, developed by GlobeSailor, refers to boats in hundreds of professional renters’ fleets throughout more than 150 destinations in the world. In addition to the search engine designed by GlobeSailor, the company’s employees have real expertise in their field, nourished by a passion for the sailing and the sea! Today, composed of 20 employees, GlobeSailor is based in Paris, La Rochelle, Milan and Madrid. It also opened its first travel agency in March 2017, and now offers different types of cruises and other solutions: all-inclusive packages, thematic offers, shore extensions, local guide services and much more.

Find more information by following GlobeSailor’s YouTube and Facebook pages.

The GlobeSailor meeting: GlobeSailor will be present at the Paris Boat Show from the 2nd to the 10th of December Porte de Versailles, stand 1D12, to present its new cabin cruises and other unpublished products. It will also award, in partnership with Voile magazine, the famous Charter Company of the Year award for the best practices of professional hirers.

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