PRAGUE – Mews, leading hospitality cloud, has formally launched Mews Ventures, the new investment arm of the business. The Mews M&A team (mergers and acquisitions) has been operating since 2018, but in line with its continual growth and following the latest acquisitions of Cenium PMS in February and Bizzon POS in March, Mews Ventures has been formed to fuel hospitality’s growth and innovation.
Mews Ventures will bring together the brightest minds in technology, hospitality and beyond to collaborate and identify ways in which remarkable guest experiences can be created across the industry.
“There’s going to be considerable consolidation within hospitality over the next few years, and this puts us in a great position to take advantage,” said Richard Valtr, founder of Mews. “I’m proud of the team we have assembled, who have already shown tremendous talent and tenacity on several big projects. We are constantly on the lookout for talented teams to help us in our mission to become one of the largest hospitality companies in the world.”
Another highlight for Mews Ventures was the acquisition of Hotel Perfect, one of the UK’s leading PMSs, in August 2021. The Hotel Perfect team and product has since equipped Mews with extensive market knowledge for the UK in order to arm UK-based hoteliers with state-of-the-art technology coupled with impeccable support.
“Mews Ventures took the time to understand not only our business, but the people working for us,” said Andrew Risley, Managing Director of Hotel Perfect. “The introduction of Mews to the wider Hotel Perfect team has been seamless and has given us all an injection of confidence. To be a part of the Mews family and growth trajectory is an incredibly exciting moment for us!”
Mews Ventures also acquired Base7booking from Trivago, while the first major deal was in 2019 with Planet Winner, a Belgian PMS. Ria de Temmerman and Dirk Leysen were the owners of Planet Winner, and they’re now both an integral part of the Mews Ventures team.
“We know what it’s like to be on the other side of the process,” said Dirk, now a Director for Mews Ventures. “We use everything we learned to ensure that every deal goes as smoothly as possible, and that our ambition goes hand in hand with openness and collaboration. It’s such an exciting time not only for us, but for the industry as a whole.”