Friday, May 17, 2013

Elephants in the Room: Homeaway, Wyndham & Tripadvisor Compete

Many vacation rental owners have been watching nervously as Homeaway.Com has bought up more and more listing sites, listing fees have risen, and more and more of the guest selection and booking process is being handled by outside parties.  In spite of some concerns, Homeaway is a smart company and has done a good job of addressing many of the needs of VR Owners.

Wyndham has also been making acquisitions, and is now seen as a primary competitor to Homeaway.

But there is another elephant in the room.  Trip Advisor continues to buy up listing sites and grow its share of the market.  Trip Advisor's sites get 200 million unique visitors per month, and provide over 100 million commenets and reviews.   They have a presence in 30 countries. With the recent acquisition of Niumba, a VR listing site for Spain, their portfolio of listing and travel related sites now includes:
  • www.flipkey.com
  • www.holidaylettings.co.uk
  • www.holidaywatchdog.com
  • www.independenttraveler.com
  • www.airfarewatchdog.com
  • www.bookingbuddy.com
  • www.cruisecritic.com
  • www.everytrail.com
  • www.familyvacationcritic.com
  • www.jetsetter.com
  • www.onetime.com
  • www.seatguru.com
  • www.sniqueaway.com
  • www.smartertravel.com
  • www.tingo.com
  • www.travel-library.com
  • www.travelpod.com
  • www.virtualtourist.com
  • www.whereivebeen.com
  • www.kuxun.cn

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