Travelmob has partnered with Wego to offer an “authentic local experience” to travelers who can book boats, villas, castles and just about any property.
The holiday season is just around the corner, and travelers from around the world are looking to book accommodations. But hotels and resorts are no the only places of interest for tourists and travelers. Recognizing the need for alternative destinations, Wego has partnered with short-term peer-to-peer rental service Travelmob to provide accommodations in the Asia Pacific region, and is letting users book just about any form of accommodation from apartments to castles. Yes, they even let you look for beach houses, farms, villas and even boats.
These features are accessible through the new Wego Holiday Rentals tab. The service promises to offer an authentic local experience in the Asia Pacific region.
Travelmob has just secured a round of investment from Silicon Valley venture firm Accel Partners after earlier securing US$1 million seed funding from a consortium led by Jungle Ventures. Travelmob is widening its reach through its partnership with Wego.
Read the full press release below.
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 http://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, also 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 bohouse 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.
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