Skyscanner, the fast-growing global online travel search company, has opened its Miami office, which will serve as headquarters for the U.S., Latin American and Canadian markets.
The Brickell office employs a few people so far, and is aggressively marketing for 11 managers in business development, marketing and public relations, social media, search and mobile marketing, some for Latin America and others for the U.S. and Canadian markets.
The aim is to grow the Miami regional office to 50 people — most of them in sales, business development and marketing — in 2014, a Skyscanner spokesperson said. Other regional headquarters of the Edinburgh, Scotland-based company are in Singapore, Beijing and Barcelona.
Skyscanner, which offers free flight search service as well as online comparisons for hotels and rental cars, also announced Thursday an investment from Sequoia Capital that values Skyscanner at $800 million. Michael Moritz, chairman of Sequoia Capital, has joined the Skyscanner board.
Skyscanner would not disclose the investment, but said it’s one of the largest investments in any company Sequoia Capital has made to date. Scottish Equity Partners, one of Europe’s top venture capital firms, remains the company’s largest investor.
Founded in 2003 by CEO Gareth Williams, Skyscanner has doubled its growth year over year the past four years, the company said. In July the company announced it planned to double its worldwide staff to 500 employees over the next year. Its mobile app has been downloaded over 25 million times and its website attracts over 25 million unique users a month, the company said.
Skyscanner also recently acquired Fogg, a Barcelona-based online hotel search company.