More than 35m people have signed up as members of this website, which says it aims to inspire the world to escape. They can choose from 500 deals each week for four and five-star hotels and holidays, ranging from UK country house hotel and city breaks to luxury European getaways and long-haul travel. The company has raised £51m from tech investors including Google Ventures and Index Ventures, helping it to launch websites targeting America and nearly 20 countries in Europe and Asia. Founders Alex Saint, 46, and Tom Valentine, 36, started the business in 2010 and have used television advertising to bring it to the public eye, helping to boost sales, which represent commissions, to £48.7m last year.
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