SOURCE: Escapia

May 08, 2008 06:00 ET From Escapia Launches the Largest Collection of Authenticated Guest Reviews in the Vacation Rental Industry

Site Offers Ratings on Thousands of Vacation Rental Homes From Reviewers Who Are 100% Validated as Past Guests

SEATTLE, WA--(Marketwire - May 8, 2008) - Escapia Inc., the leader in web-based software for professionally managed vacation rentals, announced the launch of ratings and reviews on the company's consumer website This breakthrough program provides travelers with the convenience and confidence they seek when booking vacation rental homes.

With the launch of the new program, has the largest number of validated and authenticated reviews on vacation rental homes available anywhere on the web. Since only past guests who have stayed in the vacation rental homes are invited to participate, the reviews are always certain to come from validated guests. Escapia has the ability to offer this through the seamless integration of with the company's vacation rental software platform. This ensures that all reviews and ratings are authentic and validated, building trust not only in that home but in the overall vacation rental industry.

"Travelers typically have fantastic vacations when they rent a home from professional vacation rental managers. However, without information from past guests, they have difficulty choosing a home to rent with confidence that it will meet their expectations," said Escapia and ClearStay CEO Bill Furlong. "Now ClearStay gives travelers more reviews they can trust from past guests than any other site on the Web. That's just what travelers need to book their vacation with confidence."

The average rating received by homes on demonstrates the exceptional experience people have when renting a vacation home from a professional manager. With over 12,000 reviews from past guests, the average rating is 4.5 out of 5 stars for homes listed on Over 90% of past guests recommend the home they rented to others. The reviews are not edited by Escapia or the property management company and give an open and honest account of the guest's experience.

The launch of guest reviews is just one part of's commitment to giving consumers an online destination where they can easily find, choose, and book vacation rentals they can trust.

--  All homes on are managed by professional vacation rental
    managers committed to providing guests with a great vacation.
--  Ratings and reviews on thousands of homes let travelers get feedback
    from past guests before they book.
--  Availability calendars on are automatically updated with
    up-to-the-second accuracy.
-- gives travelers exact rate quotes on the total cost of
    the rental without calling or sending an email.
--  Online booking on is reliable, safe, secure and
    available 24 hours a day.

About Escapia

Escapia, Inc., founded in 2000, is leading the Internet revolution in the $18 billion vacation rental industry with a comprehensive Internet business platform and a breakthrough consumer booking service. The company's consumer site,, is the premier online vacation rental site helping consumers' book lodging with vacation rental managers. 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. Seattle-based Escapia can be reached at 1-800-ESCAPIA, or via the web at

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