HOMEAWAY HITS A MILLION
World’s Largest Marketplace for Holiday Home Rentals, HomeAway®, Breaks One Million Live Listings
Austin, TX., U.S. and London, UK – 25 June 2014 - HomeAway, Inc. (NASDAQ: AWAY), the world’s leading online marketplace for holiday rentals, today announced its one millionth live holiday home listing, owned by U.S. homeowner, Betsy Banks Saul. The milestone further establishes HomeAway as the world’s largest marketplace for holiday rentals – by renting an entire holiday home, families and groups have access to nearly three million rooms, more than the world’s four largest hotel companies have combined.
“We’re excited to reach this milestone, and not just because it proves the industry is growing and thriving,” said Brian Sharples, HomeAway co-founder and CEO. “But also because for nine years we’ve passionately pursued the goal of making it easy for families and groups to find and book the perfect holiday rental anywhere in the world, and this is another step in making that a reality.”
Launched in 2006 with 60,000 holiday homes in 90 countries, HomeAway now offers holiday home listings in 190 countries around the world. In 2013, owners and property managers collectively earned more than US$11 billion in rental revenue and travellers booked more than 144 million room nights.
Europe accounts for almost half of the global inventory listed with HomeAway, which highlights the dynamism of the continent on the holiday home rental market. In 2013, HomeAway’s UK websites generated more than US$945 million rental revenue* to owners and property managers who listed their properties. Travellers looking for their holiday rental on the HomeAway UK websites booked more than 14.2 million room nights*.
HomeAway’s one millionth live holiday home listing is owned by Betsy Banks Saul and located in Crystal Beach, Fla., U.S.A. The rental sits on a private, dolphin-spotting waterfront location on the Gulf of Mexico, just outside holiday hot spot Clearwater, Fla. Betsy started renting to share the happiness the home provides her family to those seeking their own seaside escape. Those looking to book a stay in the millionth listing can do so by clicking this link.
Today, travellers may experience the perfect holiday home stay by choosing from HomeAway properties in 99 percent of countries in the world, covering every type of location, including ocean front, lake front, downtown, mountain, and many more. Travellers seeking off the beaten path experiences can find their dream accommodation with properties ranging from cabooses to castles, yurts to yachts, tipis to treehouses and even an aeroplane.
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Notes to Editors
* Based on estimates from HomeAway’s internal data and global survey of customers
HomeAway, Inc. based in Austin, Texas, is the world's leading online marketplace for the holiday rental industry, with sites representing approximately one million paid listings of holiday rental homes in 190 countries. Through HomeAway, owners and property managers offer an extensive selection of holiday homes that provide travellers with memorable experiences and benefits, including more room to relax and added privacy, for less than the cost of traditional hotel accommodation. The company also makes it easy for holiday rental owners and property managers to advertise their properties and manage bookings online. The HomeAway portfolio includes the leading holiday rental websites HomeAway.com, VRBO.com and HolidayRentals.com in the United States; HomeAway.co.uk and OwnersDirect.co.uk in the United Kingdom; HomeAway.de in Germany; Abritel.fr and Homelidays.com in France; HomeAway.es and Toprural.es in Spain; AlugueTemporada.com.br in Brazil; HomeAway.com.au in Australia; and Bookabach.co.nz in New Zealand. Asia Pacific short-term rental site, travelmob.com, is also owned by HomeAway.