HomeAway Purchases Minority Stake in Tujia.com
AUSTIN, Texas, May 15, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- HomeAway, Inc. (NASDAQ: AWAY), the worldwide leader in online vacation rentals, today announced it will purchase a minority stake in Tujia.com, the first online vacation rental service provider in China targeting middle to high-end Chinese travelers. HomeAway® joins Ctrip.com International, the leading online travel service provider in China, and venture capital firms, Lightspeed China Partners and CDH Investments, in this financing.
The transaction will close following final regulatory approval of the Chinese government.
"HomeAway seeks to make every vacation property in the world available to every traveler and so we're excited to make this long term investment in Tujia.com as we believe they are best positioned to bring vacation rentals to China," says Brian Sharples, chief executive officer of HomeAway. "We're also looking forward to a relationship with Ctrip.com, which understands the opportunities of the Chinese vacation rental market and currently highlights Tujia.com's vacation rental properties on its homepage."
"The capital raised from this financing will fund business development within China and give Tujia.com the ability to invest more heavily in strategic business development," says Justin Jun Luo, chief executive officer of Tujia.com, which was founded in December 2011.
HomeAway expects to account for this minority investment using the cost method of accounting.
HomeAway, Inc., based in Austin, Texas, is the worldwide leader in online vacation rentals, with sites representing nearly 700,000 paid vacation rental homes throughout 168 countries. Through HomeAway owners and property managers offer an extensive selection of vacation homes that provide travelers with memorable experiences and benefits, including more room to relax and added privacy, for less than the cost of traditional hotel accommodations. The company also makes it easy for vacation rental owners and property managers to advertise their properties and manage bookings online. The HomeAway portfolio includes the leading vacation rental websites HomeAway.com, VRBO.com and VacationRentals.com in the United States; HomeAway.co.uk and OwnersDirect.co.uk in the United Kingdom; HomeAway.de in Germany; Abritel.fr and Homelidays.com in France; HomeAway.es and Toprural.com in Spain; AlugueTemporada.com.br in Brazil; and HomeAway.com.au in Australia.
In addition, HomeAway operates BedandBreakfast.com, the most comprehensive global site for finding bed-and-breakfast properties, providing travelers with another source for unique lodging alternatives to chain hotels. For more information about HomeAway, please visit www.HomeAway.com.
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