SINGAPORE, November 28th, 2012 – Wego, the leading travel metasearch site in the Asia Pacific and Middle East is today launching a natural extension to its travel comparison site, with the addition of Holiday Rentals.
Recognising a growing demand for alternatives to conventional hotel and resort accommodation, Wego has worked with travel industry leaders to bring together 400,000 diverse alternatives at 15,000 locations worldwide, from villas, holiday homes and apartments through to houseboats and castles, giving users the opportunity to browse, filter, share and book them all at https://www.wego.com/holiday-rentals.
The new tab, appearing alongside Wego flights and hotels search on all of the company’s 52 customised sites worldwide, expands one of the largest searchable accommodation databases on the web into many new market segments.
“The time for Holiday Rentals has come. Wego has provided a platform to bring all the options together helping users to find the perfect accommodation experience online,”
Ross Veitch, Chief Executive Officer for Wego explained.
“Working with some of the world’s leading brands, Wego now compares a wealth of incredible accommodation selections; there’s something for everybody, whatever the budget, taste or holidaying style.”
Bringing travellers the myriad opportunities beyond a hotel stay opens up a world of unique travel experiences, immersed in local life and spectacular natural environments. Properties include private homes in the heart of a city, beach houses, farm stays, villas, alpine chalets, riads and mas, even yachts.
This more relaxed style of accommodation is perfect for families, some with pet-friendly options, friends who enjoy holidaying together, and many with more specific travel purposes in mind such as skiing, golfing, hiking or wildlife encounters. For breaks in the city, rooftop apartments or studios within walking distance of elegant dining centres, entertainment venues and shopping hotspots add a touch of difference in some of the world’s most pulsating cities.
At launch, Wego has partnered with holiday specialists including HomeAway, Inc., the world’s leading online marketplace for holiday rentals, award-winning vacation rental site FlipKey, part of the world’s largest travel network, Stayz – Australia’s largest choice of holiday homes and travelmob, a social stay marketplace leader in Asia as the preferred partner for this region, as well as South East Asia specialist, TheVillaGuide.
“Few partners are better positioned than Wego to help HomeAway build awareness of holiday rentals in the Asia Pacific region,”
says HomeAway® CEO Brian Sharples.
“This partnership will introduce new travellers to the joys of having more space, value and privacy and enrich the travel experience for those looking for an alternative to hotels.”
Eric Horndahl, VP at FlipKey adds,
“We’re excited to work with Wego as a distribution partner. We appreciate Wego’s focus across Asia and many international travel markets that are ideally suited for the vacation home rentals that FlipKey provides.”
“The unique experience a holiday home provides is an attractive option for many overseas visitors looking to come to Australia. We’re excited about this partnership as it means that people from all over the world can easily find and book one of our huge range of over 30,000 Australian holiday homes,”
says Stayz Group General Manager, Anton Stanish.
Turochas Fuad, CEO and co-founder of travelmob concludes,
“We are delighted to work with Wego and be a part of the Holiday Rentals launch. With unique, affordable accommodation options across Asia Pacific – from a traditional boathouse in Halong Bay, Bohemian-style studio in Taipei to cliff-top villas in Bali, travelmob caters to a growing group of travellers seeking authentic experiences and local hospitality.”
The new Holiday Rentals tab appears on the home page of all Wego sites today.
For more information, contact:
Wego Pte Limited
Email: [email protected]
Tel: +65 6438 8242
Wego.com is APAC and MENA’s leading travel metasearch engine, operating in over 50 markets worldwide and used by millions of travellers to save time, pay less and travel more. The company provides powerful yet simple to use tools that help travellers research trips, compare prices and book travel online. Wego shows users an unbiased and channel neutral view of travel prices, providing users with a choice of booking direct with a hotel or airline, or via an OTA or aggregator site. In Q3-2012 Wego referred in excess of $1.2 Billion in potential bookings to the websites of its travel partners. Wego.com was founded in 2005 by former executives of Yahoo!, InterContinental Hotels Group, Priceline and ZUJI. Shareholders include Tiger Global Management, News Digital Media and OWW Capital Partners. For more information, please visit https://www.wego.com/about/
About HomeAway, Inc.
HomeAway, Inc. (NASDAQ:AWAY), based in Austin, Texas, is the world’s leading online marketplace of vacation rentals, with sites representing approximately 720,000 paid vacation rental home listings throughout 168 countries. HomeAway® offers an extensive selection of vacation homes that provide travelers with memorable experiences and benefits, especially more room to relax, for less than the cost of traditional hotel accommodations. The company also makes it easy for vacation rental owners and property managers to advertise their properties and manage bookings online. The HomeAway portfolio of websites includes HomeAway.com.au in Australia, HomeAway.co.in in India, HomeAway.co.nz in New Zealand, HomeAway.com, VRBO.com and VacationRentals.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, Toprural.com in Spain; AlugueTemporada.com.br in Brazil; and HomeAway.com.ar and HomeAway.com.co in South America.
In addition, HomeAway operates BedandBreakfast.com, the most comprehensive global site for finding bed-and-breakfast properties, providing travelers with another source for unique lodging alternatives to chain hotels. For more information about HomeAway, please visit www.HomeAway.com.
• The Stayz Group is the number 1 holiday rental group in Australia, with over 40,000 property listings from over 1,200 locations throughout Australia.
• The Stayz Group is visited by over 1 million unique browsers per month (Nielsen Market Intelligence, October 2011).
• The Stayz Group has over 800,000 subscribers to the Stayz, TakeABreak and rentahome e-newsletters.
• The Stayz Group offers Australian property owners an opportunity to list their rental properties online and make the most of their investment.
• The Stayz Group is a subsidiary of Fairfax Media Limited.
FlipKey is a leading vacation rental website featuring the world’s largest collection of verified vacation rental guest reviews. FlipKey currently features more than 170,000 vacation homes offering vacationers the unique advantages of more personal space, superior amenities and ideal locations throughout the world. FlipKey has won awards from Travel & Leisure, Sunset Magazine, the New York Post and others. Millions of travelers visit FlipKey every month to find the perfect vacation home. For more information, please visit www.flipkey.com.
travelmob is a leading online marketplace whose vision is to enable travellers around the world to experience Asia like a local. Launched in 2012, travelmob provides a secure platform for property owners in Asia Pacific to list unique accommodations and experiences, and host global travellers seeking to experience true local hospitality and culture. You can get news and updates from travelmob on its Blog: blog.travelmob.com, Twitter: twitter.com/travelmob or Facebook: www.facebook.com/travelmob.
TheVillaGuide.com is your complete guide on private luxury villas in Indonesia (Bali, Lombok), Sri Lanka, and Thailand (Phuket, Pattaya, Koh Samui and Chang Mai). The site features inspections from our villa specialists and customer reviews from over 500 holiday rentals in Asia. Follow us on http://www.twitter.com/