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Homestay.com

June 19, 2014 09:00 ET

World Cup Fans Take Note: Homestay.com Partners With HomestayBrazil, Adds 1,000 New Listings in Host Cities and Across Country

DUBLIN, IRELAND--(Marketwired - Jun 19, 2014) -  World Cup fans, Brazilians and other visitors now have 1,000 more lodging options across Brazil thanks to growing awareness about homestays and a deal, announced today, with HomestayBrazil.

After seeing more than a 300% increase in new Brazilian listings in advance of the World Cup, Homestay.com partnered with HomestayBrazil to add their listings to the Homestay.com site. The listings are spread across the following locations, all World Cup stadium cities:

  • Belo Horizonte
  • Brasilia
  • Cuiabá
  • Porto Alegre
  • Rio de Janeiro
  • Salvador
  • São Paolo

Homestay.com's hosted travel experience matches guests searching for accommodations with hosts who want to rent a room on a nightly, weekly or monthly basis. Homestay.com also offers a platform that allows property owners, aggregators and event managers to manage and create one-off host networks, opening up new ways to reach and serve potential guests.

"In addition to growing our listings organically and through acquisitions of companies like HomestayBooking, Homestay.com is also pursuing a strategy of aggregating, around the globe, existing homestay networks," said Alan Clarke, CEO of Homestay.com. "We built our platform to make these integration efforts easy for the network and seamless for the guests. Our goal is to be the number one global destination for the homestay hosted travel experience, and with these recent developments we're well on our way."

HomestayBrazil Co-Founder Leonardo Neves added: "We are delighted to partner with Homestay.com, a company who shares our passion for the 'host present' homestay market. We support their vision to aggregate homestay networks around the world. This is a fantastic opportunity for our host families, who will benefit from increased global awareness of their homestays."

The homestay sector has grown in popularity, moving into the mainstream as travelers seek out a more authentic local travel experience where they can benefit from the hospitality and local knowledge of the host. Homestay.com estimates that the global homestay market spend is in the region of $13 billion.

About Homestay.com
Homestay.com, named one of Europe's top three travel innovators by PhoCusWright, is a Dublin-based firm pioneering new ways to enjoy experiential accommodation choices through a "hosted travel experience" homestay model. Homestay.com is a limited company and has raised venture capital funding through Delta Partners Ltd. The company also provides the Homestay Manager software to Homestay agencies and host families worldwide. Homestay.com's Chairman is Paddy Holahan, the Founder and CEO of Newbay. The company's CEO is Alan Clarke, previously of PaddyPower.com.

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