The HomeAway Award for Travel Innovation

The HomeAway Award for Travel Innovation will be presented to one Battleground demonstrator at Phocuswright Europe 2019.

The winning startup company will be chosen for its potential to create breakthrough value in the travel industry with the most outstanding travel application or solution.

"We are willing to support entrepreneurs who will be taking the travel industry to the next step on innovation. HomeAway is a tech company and as such, we are delighted to offer this award."
~ Christophe Pingard, Vice President EMEA, HomeAway

About HomeAway

HomeAway has the best websites around the world to book beach homes, cabins and condos. With more than two million places to stay in 190 countries, travelers can find the perfect vacation home to meet their needs, whether it’s a pet-friendly beach house for 12 or a treehouse for two. We give travelers, owners, and property managers the tools, data, and insights they need to create the best all-around experience. HomeAway and its brands, including, are part of the Expedia Group family of brands.

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The HomeAway Award for Travel Innovation

Fast Facts About HomeAway

  1. HomeAway was founded by Brian Sharples and Carl Shepherd in February 2005.
  2. We own some of the oldest vacation rental brands in the world, such as Vrbo in the U.S. and Abritel in France.
  3. The average traveler is a 35-to-50-year-old female who travels with family, typically a group of four or more people.
  4. Vacation and special occasions are the most common reasons for a trip, with an average stay of seven days.
  5. After staying in a vacation rental for the first time, 82% of travelers plan to do so again in the future.
  6. By renting a vacation home, many travelers can get twice the space for half the cost of a hotel.