TRAVEL CAPITALIST VENTURESCHANGING THE TRAVEL LANDSCAPE
WHAT WE DO
Travel Capitalist Ventures is the first multi-stage travel-focused investment firm.
We identify and grow successful travel companies of all sizes in high growth verticals and niches within travel.
Our focus on select travel verticals allows a wide geographic scope which allows investments in the United States, United Kingdom, Brazil, Europe, South Africa, Singapore, Hong Kong, India, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates.
Our team of partners brings an operational view of travel given all Partners have experience managing companies. This helps us identify and provide hands on actionable real world help (capital, advice, introductions, purchasing power) to our portfolio companies.
The majority of the firm’s investments (80%) focus on Travel Growth Equity or Travel Private Equity stages. This includes key shareholder investments, buyouts, rollups, spinoffs, recaps, MBOs, and LBOs.
A portion of the firm’s investments (20%) also fall into the Angel or Travel Venture Capital stage. Funds are sourced from evergreen firm Partner funds in select travel startups around the world.
Select hotel land investments, corporate rentals and tour operator/DMC specific land holdings (including distressed or liquidation stage) holdings in India and S Africa.
Our team speaks at Economist Events, IATA, SITA, closed door meetings with government and regulators, Innovation Days, at universities like Tulane and Loyola, at hackathons and to travel media (CNBC, India Times, Tnooz, Skift, etc.) on prevailing travel trends, travel investments, differentiating signals from the noise in travel and travel investments, opportunities within a specific region or sector, and what trends to look for or avoid.
WHERE WE FOCUS
THE RIGHT VERTICAL
We know the niches, verticals and sub-verticals with in the 1 trillion dollar travel and hospitality industry to pursue (and avoid investing in) based on the geographic region, target client, current landscape, macro level trends, your resources and team and our value add beyond capital.
THE RIGHT TIME
Investing in a consumer facing mobile destination content provider in one area would be a recipe for disaster whereas the same content in a different region to different target client disproportionately increases the chances of success for everyone.
THE RIGHT TEAM
The right management team, two Travel Capitalist Partner, outside experts and a growing network of worldwide contacts ensures an experienced brain trust to maximize mutual success. We focus on the history, experience and dynamic of the team (do we think your team can execute on what needs to be done?) and its prospective fit within the Travel Capitalist family of investment professionals and portfolio companies.
WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING
“Abrar is a highly versatile, strategic thinker who brings value across the organization…[H]is experiences bring value to rapidly growing companies in highly competitive markets.”
SCOTT DUFFY – Keynote Speaker, Best Selling Author & former Virgin Charter CEO.
“His (Abrar Ahmad) wealth of hands-on experience on the matter stems from his investment activities around the world as well as an active position within the region’s start-up ecosystem.”
“Abrar impressed me with, not only his incredible intellect, but also his integrity and, most of all, his personable character. I hold Abrar in the highest regard and recommend him unequivocally.”
AFEEF KHALIL – Vice President, CVENT Corporation
“Abrar is one of the rare minds that can connect the dots to guide a compelling vision for how technology will shape our world tomorrow, specifically in the travel industry. His insights, can-do attitude and leadership are an inspiration and make up for an outstanding working dynamic. “
FILIP FILLIPOV – Director – Product, Skyscanner
% Firm Partners with Operating Experience
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Travel Private & Growth Equity Investments
Travel Niches We Monitor