Portbooker.com, the worlds largest berthing CRS (Computerised Reservation System) and online Marina Guide has announced office openings in the USA (San Francisco), Dominican Republic, Genoa (Italy), Monaco, Southampton (UK), Singapore and Chile. These additional delegations add local support to the headquarters based in Mallorca, Spain. Inaugurated in 2006, the revolutionary online berth booking platform, often referred to as the Expedia for yachts, offers berth reservations in more than 8.500 marinas in over 120 countries.
Despite the current economic conditions, Portbooker.com continues its positive global growth phase and the investment in the new office openings for local support in regions of influence, after the opening of the New York office in February 2010 and Amsterdam in March 2011, has been given support by the investment fund Mola.com, headed up by ex director of the Globalia hotel Group, Mr Paco Gimena.
Jorge Velasco, the co-founder and CEO of Portbooker.com, assures “ the berth booking portal had more than 800.000 visitors in 2011, with users mainly originating from Italy, Spain, Germany, France and the USA, which have assisted us in accelerating growth and expanding the company globally.
“Although the Internet now allows us to have a global presence, it is essential for us to have physical and local representation in the major yachting destinations. It’s the best way to strengthen partnerships not only with marinas and ports in those countries but to assist yacht captains and owners with online berth reservations with an instant price confirmation. The increase in pleasure craft production worldwide along with the fact the berth demand outweighs supply, positions us favourably in the marketplace, adds Velasco.