As the year is coming to an end, we’re excited to share with you some of the accomplishments we have achieved together this 2022, a year of growth and success for Winedering.
This year, we achieved over 3500 bookings, an increase of over 500% from last year, with over 7500 people visiting a winery. We also provided over 1400 unique and authentic experiences from all over Italy, thanks to our partnerships with more than 700 wineries.
We are also proud to confirm that Winedering is the most visited wine tourism marketplace in Italy, surpassing even TripAdvisor.it and all of our competitors, with a market share in terms of organic presence on Google of more than 40% in the destinations we cover to date. This year, we have seen impressive growth, with more than half a million visitors to our website and a 409% increase in traffic compared to last year. Our organic presence on Google has also grown by 650%.
In addition to our strong performance, we have also been recognized for our potential and have received several exciting opportunities for growth. In October, we were selected for ICE/ITA's Global Startup Program, which allowed us to participate in a two-month acceleration program in Silicon Valley. We are also grateful to have received funding from Invitalia through the Smart & Start call for proposal for €323,000.
And, thanks to Google for Startups, we have received approval to spend $100,000 in Google Cloud tools, including machine learning systems that will help us support our experience providers. Finally, we are in the process of closing a new capital raise with U.S.-sourced funds in the first quarter of 2023.
As we look ahead to 2023, we are excited to continue building upon our success, aiming to become the world's leading wine tourism marketplace. We have a long list of technological innovations in the works that will support wineries, tour operators, and wine tour guides in showcasing their fantastic experiences to travelers around the globe.
Thank you again for your partnership and support. We wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. Here's to a bright and successful 2023 full of wonderful wine experiences and adventures!
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