SEATTLE – December 21, 2010 - ClearStay.com (www.clearstay.com), a subsidiary of HomeAway, the world’s leading vacation rental marketplace, which features properties managed by professional
vacation rental managers, today announced the release of the first vacation rental search application on Microsoft’s Bing Maps.
This new initiative allows users to search through more than 21,000 vacation rental homes from ClearStay.com, using the Bing Maps App feature. The ClearStay app enables users to view all properties in a specified area on a single map. From there, travelers may refine their search, review vacation rental descriptions and photos and obtain real-time rate quotes, then proceed to ClearStay.com to make an inquiry or book online.
“For many people interested in renting a vacation home, seeing hundreds of possible places to stay displayed on a map is the best way to simplify the travel planning process,” says Martin Slagter, vice president of HomeAway®. “Our new application on Bing Maps is a sensational way for travelers to see homes in a rich map search, with the ability to zoom in to see proximity to landmarks, geography and even a street-level view.”
To use the ClearStay app on Bing Maps, visit www.bing.com/maps, type in the location for your map search; click on “map apps” at the bottom of the page; and select ClearStay.com Vacation Rentals from the map apps gallery.
HomeAway, Inc., based in Austin, Texas, is the worldwide leader in online vacation rentals, with sites representing more than 625,000 paid vacation rental home listings throughout more than 145 countries. HomeAway offers 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 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.
Adam Annen, Public Relations Manager, HomeAway, Inc.
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