Feature the story of these villages and transform the future of travel


Feature the story of these villages and transform the future of travel

Welcome to our press page

We started Duara because we believe people are seeking for real encounters and cross-cultural understanding wherever they go. Duara is  for anyone looking for something more than hotels and beaches filled with other travellers. Cover our story to make travelling more responsible and bring income to those who deserve it – local families.

Duara's story

May 2015
Winner of the Impact Business Competition by Aalto University

Company founded and brand launched

December 2015
Business partnership grant of 50 000 euros from Finnpartnership

January 2016
First country, Tanzania, launched

May 2016
Participant in Summer of Startups accelerator by Aaltoes

August 2016
Second country, Sri Lanka, launched with Weconomy Program of World Vision

October 2016
FFF Round with valuation of 250 000 euros

November 2016
Selected to Pitch at Slush100 among 6% of companies attending Slush

December 2016
Indonesia and Vietnam launched

February 2017
A grant of 50 000 euros from Finnish Funding Agency for Innovation, Tekes

March 2017
Participant in Cherry on Top accelerator

June 2017
Ambassador Program launched

September 2017
Nicaragua launched

February 2018
Thailand launched 

March 2018
Kenya launched

August 2018
1 000 booked nights (from the start),
travellers from 24 countries

September 2018
New partners join Duara


Lola Akinmade (SWE), October 2017
Spotlight on Duara Travels – staying with locals

Salt in our Hair (NL), May 2017
Staying with locals on Bali, Indonesia

Phenomenal Globe (NL), October 2017
Get to know the real Bali: live like a local in Sebatu village 

Miss Filatelista (US), January 2018
Discovering Balinese Culture in Sebatu

Ma Famille Voyage (FR), October 2016
Notre semaine chez l’habitant dans les plantations de thé au Sri Lanka : une expérience décisive !

Finnpartnership Success Stories, Finland, September 2017
Duara Travels offers real experiences in developing countries

Impact Iglu (FI), August 2016
Duara gears up for future

Espoo Innovation Garden (FI), August 2016
Summer of Startups: Live like a local

Adalmina's Adventures (FI), September 2017
Duara Travels – Koe Bali uudella tavalla

Hippie in Heels (US), June 2017
My Little Guide to Bali

Ikilomalla (FI), October 2016

Seikkailijattaret (FI), January 2017
Duara Travels vie paikallisten koteihin

Alanmaailma (FI), April 2016
Entä jos eläisit lomallasi kuin kalastaja Sansibarilla tai käsityöläinen Sri Lankalla?

London & Beyond (FI), April 2016
Inspiroiva yrittäjätarina matkailun parista

This is Finland, November 2015
On the trail of Sustainable business at Slush

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