Outdoorsy, a growing peer-to-peer, on-demand RV rental firm, today (May 16) announced its expansion to the Asia-Pacific region following a highly successful launch in Canada late last year.
According to a press release, Outdoorsy hosts the largest bookable inventory of recreational vehicles, campervans, motorcoaches and travel trailers worldwide, and includes other outdoor gear and accessories to power outdoor travel experiences. The marketplace is now live in Australia and New Zealand and includes partnerships with well-established global campervan providers, Jucy and SpaceShips.
“With Australia and New Zealand being synonymous with outdoor adventures, road trips and beautiful landscapes, this region is the next natural step in our robust global growth plan as we build the world’s third lodging category,” said Jeff Cavins, co-founder and CEO of Outdoorsy. “We also have many Australian and New Zealand customers using our platform in the U.S. and Canada, and urged us to bring the marketplace to their homeland. Beyond the Jucy and SpaceShips partnerships, we have hundreds of peer-to-peer RVs listed as well. This growth is yet another proof point that we are tapping into a cross-cultural consumer travel trend focused on the desire for unique experiences over material possessions.”
Having booked more than 300,000 travel days over the last year alone, while generating more than $130 million through the platform, the company’s future expansion plans include Germany, France, Italy and the U.K. as Outdoorsy continues toward its goal of mobilizing more than 18 million idle recreational vehicles around the globe.
The Asia-Pacific region will now have immediate access to Outdoorsy’s investments in technology, safety and its fast growing, global community of users. Powered by a state-of-the-art technology platform that has enabled both the world’s largest RV enterprises and at-home operators to list and rent their vehicles safely and legally, Outdoorsy offers the first-ever commercial insurance for peer-to-peer RV rentals in North America and the Asia-Pacific region.
Outdoorsy also recently announced at the beginning of the year that it raised $25 million in Series B funding led by Aviva Ventures and Altos Ventures. The Series B funding is helping to expand the company’s sales and marketing efforts, broaden its geographic footprint and grow its engineering and product teams.