SOURCE: Escapia

September 25, 2007 14:07 ET

Escapia Announces Availability of Breakthrough Additions to Leading Vacation Rental Platform

Additions Include Release of Most Advanced Vacation Rental Bookings System; Company's Web Software Marks Management of a Quarter Million Vacation Rental Bookings

SEATTLE, WA--(Marketwire - September 25, 2007) - Escapia, Inc., the #1 web-based management and marketing platform for professional vacation rental managers, announced general availability at the end of September of major advancements to its leading property management and online marketing solutions.

The following additions to the Escapia platform continue the momentum of the software platform that is used by more vacation rental managers than any other web-based solution:

--  EscapiaNET:  It's never been easier for vacation rental companies to
    distribute their units and drive bookings online.  EscapiaNET lets vacation
    rental companies distribute all of their units at a click of the button
    without double entering any information at all.  Seamless integration with
    Escapia back office software ensures that availability info is accurate up
    to the second, precise rate quotes can be provided to consumers and
    reservations can be made online with no risk of double booking.
--  More than ever, vacation rental managers need an
    online vacation rental directory dedicated to demonstrating the value of
    booking a vacation rental online with a professional vacation rental
    manager. provides consumers with the opportunity to book
    thousands of vacation rentals from coast to coast with leading vacation
    rental managers.
--  EscapiaNET Express:  Vacation rental managers who want to participate
    in the leading web solution for driving online distribution can now work
    with Escapia without changing their property management software.
    Initially an on-ramp for rental managers interested in listing their units
    on, EscapiaNET Express will evolve into an easy way to
    distribute vacation rental units broadly on the web.
--  EscapiaWeb Connect:  A robust application programming interface (API)
    for Escapia back office software enables third party developers to build
    custom web sites for vacation rental managers that are completely
    integrated with the manager's unit and booking information.  Escapia has
    partnered with Blue Tent Marketing, Blizzard Internet Marketing and Visual
    Data Systems, three leading web developers who are certified to work with
    the Escapia API.
--  Service Order Accounting:  Escapia's new advanced service order
    accounting module makes managing vacation rental businesses and maximizing
    property management income easier than ever.  The newest addition to the
    Escapia property management platform lets vacation rental managers fully
    integrate the management of maintenance projects into their operations and

"Escapia is committed to creating the leading web platform to serve property managers by getting them more bookings online and helping them manage all their bookings more easily," said Bill Furlong, Escapia's CEO. "We are also committed to helping consumers easily find, choose and book vacation rentals by connecting them with professional vacation rental managers."

Chief Technology Officer Melissa Yang, who led development of the latest release, added, "As exciting as it is to have accomplished so much with these additions to Escapia, our team is very eager to get moving on the next wave of innovation. There is so much that can be done to drive vacation rental bookings and streamline vacation rental management. In the next year Escapia will continue to serve vacation rental managers and consumers alike by removing friction from online vacation rentals."

The release of Escapia 5.0 comes as the company marks the milestone of having managed over a quarter million vacation rental bookings. "Having managed over a quarter million bookings through our web hosted software demonstrates that no one has more experience than Escapia does delivering web-based vacation rental software," said John Suzuki, VP of Sales and Marketing. "Hitting the quarter million milestone has only been possible because of the tremendous growth of our platform. By the end of August, Escapia software had already managed more bookings in 2007 than we had in all of 2006."

About Escapia

Escapia, Inc., founded in 2000, is leading the Internet revolution in the $25 billion vacation rental industry with a comprehensive Internet business platform and a breakthrough consumer booking service. Escapia empowers professional vacation rental management companies to reach new customers, manage properties and owner relationships, and perform trust-based accounting, housekeeping, maintenance and other mission critical aspects of their businesses. EscapiaONE is a comprehensive platform for vacation rental companies embracing the Internet future of the industry. EscapiaNET is the leading online distribution network for professional vacation rental managers. And is the premier online vacation rental site helping consumers book lodging with vacation rental managers. Seattle-based Escapia can be reached at 1-800-ESCAPIA, or via the web at

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