AUSTIN, Texas--(BUSINESS WIRE)--
To further support its mission to provide travelers with access to the largest selection of vacation rentals around the globe, HomeAway, Inc. (AWAY), the world’s leading online marketplace for vacation rentals, today announced the migration of more than 11,000 rural vacation rentals on HomeAway-owned Toprural.com to 23 additional websites in the HomeAway Network of sites including its leading US sites, HomeAway.com and VRBO.com.
Rural travel has long appealed to Spanish travelers seeking an escape from city life. However, in recent years, interest and bookings in rural travel among non-Spanish travelers have increased year-over-year according to the National Statistics Institute (INE). With the addition of this inventory, which is primarily located in Spain, US and non-Spanish European travelers now have the ability to choose from more alternative accommodation options and discover the beauty and authenticity of rural Europe.
“By adding Toprural’s vacation rentals to our network of sites, Spanish rural tourism is now on the international stage,” says HomeAway® CEO, Brian Sharples. “Beyond the benefit to travelers, owners and property managers gain greater visibility for their homes and the country benefits from an increase in tourism.”
Toprural.com is the leading site for independently-owned rural accommodations in Southern Europe and was acquired by HomeAway in April 2012. HomeAway also operates the largest vacation rental site in Spain, HomeAway.es, with more than 470,000 listings.
About HomeAway, Inc.
HomeAway, Inc., based in Austin, Texas, is the world’s leading online marketplace of vacation rentals, with sites representing over 742,000 paid listings of vacation rental homes in 171 countries. HomeAway® offers an extensive selection of vacation rental 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 includes the leading vacation rental websites 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 in Spain; AlugueTemporada.com.br in Brazil; and HomeAway.com.au in Australia.
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.
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