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VRBO

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Founded Year

1995

Stage

Acquired | Acquired

About VRBO

VRBO.com (Vacation Rentals by Owner) was founded in 1995 as a means to give vacation rental owners a way they could self-manage their second homes. VRBO provides an online space for homeowners to advertise their vacation properties and aims to make it easy for travelers to search rental properties in countries throughout the world.

Headquarters Location

1660 Stonehedge Road

Palm Springs, California, 92264,

United States

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Latest VRBO News

The Future of Travel is a Three-Star Hotel

Nov 29, 2022

The Future of Travel is a Three-Star Hotel Frequent trips are better than an infinity pool. Author: Nov 29, 2022 1:34 PM EST When the goal is attracting influencers and making "world's most expensive hotel" round-ups, there is no limit to how many flashy things a hotel can cram into a single space. One Las Vegas resort that normally charges around $200 a night created a 19,000-square-foot suite with 12 beds, 25 televisions, a basketball court and an on-call butler for $150,000. (It was specifically designed to be featured on a popular YouTube show but is still available for booking by anyone who has the funds and wallet to replicate the experience.) But back in the world of statistically average incomes, the demand is rising for a very kind of travel. According to Expedia  ( EXPE ) - Get Free Report 's annual  travel industry trend report for the coming year, demand for three-star hotels is up more than 20% between 2021 and 2022. This trend stems not so much from a rejection of over-the-top extravagance but rather from the state of the average person's finances. Hotel prices have risen by 12% from 2021 overall and as much as 50% in certain popular destinations. 'More Trips In Three-Star Properties' The survey thus found that nearly 60% of travelers are concerned with "getting the right price" while booking a vacation, while 23% value low pricing above cleanliness and pandemic-related health protocols, perks, and other benefits or even the ability to get a refund in the event of travel disruptions. In 2023, 40% of American travelers plan to stay in hotels that rank between one and three stars. That doesn't mean everyone else is staying in five-star resorts but rather that some people may be booking homes on platforms like Airbnb  ( ABNB ) - Get Free Report  and Vrbo or staying with family to bring down expenses. But for those who do opt for hotels, no-frills places that are clean and central often win out over hotels with many amenities but an accompanying price tag -- for many on a budget, the lowest price is always the priority while others with more spending money are still choosing more frequent trips over a single extravagant one. 'Showing a shift in mindset from the post-pandemic bucket-list mentality and moving towards a more spontaneous approach, one-third of travelers would rather go on more trips in three-star properties than splurge on one big luxury getaway," Expedia said in a statement. Here are Some Other Travel Trends for 2023 Looking at wider travel trends from data from companies like Expedia, Hotels.com, and Vrbo, the report identified a number of other travel trends going into 2023. Cities like Edinburgh, Lisbon, and Tokyo emerged as some of the most popular international destinations while many are also booking trips based on locations they saw in shows and movies. The survey found that 68% considered booking a trip to a location after seeing it on their screens. This could include anything from small Spanish towns used to film HBO's "House of the Dragon" to the Hawaiian islands featured in the first season of "White Lotus." American destinations that are picking up steam are usually not major cities but quiet getaways alongside a lake. Idaho's Nampa and North Carolina's Greensboro saw Vrbo bookings rise by more than 30% in the last year. "We're seeing a surge in trips to culture capitals, a new wave of interest in wellness retreats and a spike in demand for outdoor destinations beyond just beaches and mountains -- not a new normal but people branching out to unexpected trends in what we're calling the 'no normal," Expedia Brands President Jon Gieselman said in a statement. By

VRBO Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

  • When was VRBO founded?

    VRBO was founded in 1995.

  • Where is VRBO's headquarters?

    VRBO's headquarters is located at 1660 Stonehedge Road, Palm Springs.

  • What is VRBO's latest funding round?

    VRBO's latest funding round is Acquired.

  • Who are the investors of VRBO?

    Investors of VRBO include HomeAway.

  • Who are VRBO's competitors?

    Competitors of VRBO include Sonder, Airbnb, Travala.com, Sykes Cottages, Wimdu and 7 more.

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