SAN FRANCISCO, CA and BERLIN, GERMANY (April 28, 2016) — HomeToGo, the world’s largest search engine for vacation rentals and Vacatia, the resort marketplace for vacationing families announced today, the integration of Vacatia’s curated resort residence listings into HomeToGo’s comprehensive vacation rental search engine.
Vacatia, which publicly launched its resort rental marketplace in November 2015, offers real-time rental listings, instant booking, and guest care for resort residences at leading hospitality, vacation ownership (timeshare) and premier independent resorts. Vacatia continues to expand rapidly across popular leisure destinations, offering Hawaii (Maui, Kauai, Oahu, Big Island), Florida (Orlando, Pensacola, Panama City, Destin, Daytona Beach), Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, Branson, Missouri and Phoenix/Scottsdale, Arizona.
“We are excited to introduce Vacatia resort rentals to HomeToGo’s rapidly growing global audience,” said Caroline Shin, CEO and Co-Founder of Vacatia. “The addition of our resort rentals to HomeToGo will allow vacationing families to discover and book resort residences that combine the space and utility of a home, the services of a hotel, and fun and relaxing resort amenities and locations, all supported by Vacatia Guest Care.”
HomeToGo, with over six million vacation rental offers, including the world’s largest selection of nearly four million directly bookable accommodations, has a sleek, user-friendly interface which makes it easy for travelers to discover and book choice accommodations from the leading global vacation rental websites, eliminating time-consuming internet research.
“We are very pleased to partner with Vacatia. Their resort rentals complement our large and expanding U.S. vacation rental offers,” says Camaley Jennings, U.S. Country Manager at HomeToGo. “In addition, their 100% instantly bookable resort rentals match our progress on directly bookable accommodations.”
Vacatia, which secured an $8.8 million Series A funding round last April, led by Javelin Venture Partners, is guided by a senior executive team that has created industry-leading travel, logistics, and computer e-commerce businesses, grown “sharing economy” marketplaces for event tickets and private jets, and has built multiple successful resort/vacation club businesses.
Vacatia works with carefully selected resort-condominium complexes — where originally access was exclusive through purchase options such as whole, fractional, or timeshare ownership — as they expand making resort residences available through vacation rental. Vacatia Guest Care is available online or over the phone, answering questions guests may have about resorts, residences, amenities, or nearby activities. Vacatia Guest Care also handles large group and special requests, as well as confirming accommodation details with resorts.
Earlier this month, HomeToGo announced a $20 million Series B investment led by New York-based Insight Venture Partners, as well as Series A investors DN Capital and Acton Capital Partners. The growth capital will be used to further international expansion and accelerate product innovation.
HomeToGo allows you to filter its comprehensive vacation rental search results by dates, location, budget, accommodation types, and amenities desired (such as family-friendliness, pool availability, or pet-friendliness).
HomeToGo (www.hometogo.com) is an independent vacation rental metasearch engine that allows you to quickly and easily search and compare listings from over 6 million offers in over 200 countries from more than 250 providers. With features such as smart filtering, users can find their ideal vacation rental by sorting according to their preferred destination, travel dates, budget and amenities. Headquartered in Berlin, the founding trio comprises of Patrick Andrä, Wolfgang Heigl and Nils Regge. The company currently employs more than 70 employees and operates local sites in nine European countries and in the U.S.
Vacatia is the resort marketplace for vacationing families. Our mission is to make family vacations better and to help family resorts thrive. We help families find the perfect resort residence — their spacious home base for creating fun, shared vacation memories. Vacatia provides real-time rental listings, instant booking, and guest care for resort residences at leading hospitality, vacation ownership (timeshare) and premier independent resorts — professionally managed and serviced resort-condominium complexes combining home-like comforts and delightful amenities. No hotels or private homes allowed! Vacatia, a member of the American Resort Development Association (ARDA) and Family Travel Association, is venture-backed, was founded in 2013, and is headquartered in San Francisco, CA.
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