Global Travel Start-Up Wimdu.com Expands to Israel

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Leading Peer-to-Peer Vacation Rental Site Brings Homeowners a New Way to Earn Money, Provides Tourists with Affordable Accommodations, and Creates Opportunity to “Travel Like a Local”

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During Rosh Hashanah and other High Holidays, it’s important for travelers to find a comfortable and convenient place to stay – without crowding their hosts or overpaying for a hotel room.

Today Wimdu.com, one of Europe’s leading online marketplaces for short-term travel accommodations, announced the opening of its first office in Israel. The move, which brings 24/7 multi-lingual customer service to travelers in the region, comes just in time for the High Holidays, when tourists and family members flock to town and hotel prices skyrocket.

“During Rosh Hashanah and other High Holidays, it’s important for travelers to find a comfortable and convenient place to stay – without crowding their hosts or overpaying for a hotel room,” said Serena Keith, Vice President of Guest Relations at Wimdu.

“And with our new office in Israel, we can better serve travelers of the region, providing them with a range of unique accommodations and amenities to meet anyone's travel tastes and budget," added Orit Stav, Director of Wimdu Israel.

Wimdu.com is a secure online platform that homeowners can use for free to market and rent their extra bedrooms or second homes to travelers from around the world. Accommodations on the site range from private rooms in shared apartments to entire homes available for rent.

In Israel the following properties are already available through Wimdu:

  •     Huge apartment in the heart of Tel Aviv: A new apartment perfect for big families, this space sleeps up to twelve guests, and costs only US$280 per night (approx. $24 per person). http://www.wimdu.com/offers/89CFXY20
  •     Newly renovated, bright apartment in Tel Aviv: Located on the city’s main street, this apartment is conveniently located in the center of Tel Aviv. It accommodates up to four people and is only US$120 per night (approx. $30 per person). http://www.wimdu.com/offers/AZA5RR7M
  •     Natural stone house with garden in Jerusalem: This beautiful guesthouse with high-arched ceilings and classic walls sleeps three people for only US$200 per night and is located on the slopes of the Jerusalem Forest (approx. $67 per person). http://www.wimdu.com/offers/2AGACHX3
  •     Modern apartment in Jerusalem: Located walking distance from the Old City, this apartment sleeps up to six people for only US$125 per night (approx. $21 per person). http://www.wimdu.com/offers/1RGM28BW

About Wimdu
Wimdu is a global marketplace for all types of accommodation, linking travellers and hosts from around the world. Wimdu is available in 16 languages and operates throughout Europe, Asia and the Americas. The platform offers more than 25,000 accommodation options in more than 100 countries. Wimdu was founded by the entrepreneurs Arne Bleckwenn and Hinrich Dreiling. Investors include Rocket Internet and Kinnevik, who supported Wimdu with US$90 million in the last round of financing. For more information visit http://www.Wimdu.com.

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