Otalo Expands to 1.6 Million Vacation Rentals in 164 Countries

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Vacation rental search site, Otalo, has expanded its search index to over 1.6 million listings in 164 countries around the world and added many new partners, including airbnb, TripAdvisor, Flipkey, Holiday-Rentals.co.uk, iStopOver and others. Travelers can now use a single search to find the perfect vacation rental from the many different sites across the web.

Otalo Vacation Rental Search

No one likes to show up on vacation and see a bunch of rental houses you wish you had rented, but never saw online!

Otalo has expanded its vacation rental search index to include over 1.6 million vacation home rental listings in 164 countries of the world. Otalo also announced the addition of partners such as airbnb.com, TripAdvisor.com, Flipkey.com, Holiday-Rentals.co.uk, iStopOver.com, HomeGetaways.com, Niumba.com, RedAwning.com, SkipJump.com, and PerfectFloridaVillas.com.

"No one likes to show up on vacation and see a bunch of rental houses that you wish you had rented but never saw online." said Baer Tierkel, one of Otalo's founders. "The key to finding the perfect rental is to be able to see all your options in a single click.”

1.6 Million Vacation Rental Listings
Otalo’s website (http://www.otalo.com) enables travelers to use a single search for their vacation house preferences and immediately search over 1.6 million vacation rental listings from the many different rental websites on the web. There is no need to wade through hundreds of different websites trying to find a great vacation rental. Travelers can search using their computer, iPad, or smartphone. Otalo also gives travelers a central place to save their favorites as well as share the homes they’ve found with their friends and family, making the vacation planning process much easier. Otalo has been called “the kayak of vacation rentals”.

"Looking for a vacation rental at the beach in the cold of February should be fun and not tedious," said co-founder Mike Giles, "It's actually a lot of fun to browse through all the great photos of cool homes in faraway warm places." As the world-wide economy continues to be tough on vacationers, rentals serve as a great alternative to more costly hotels and resorts

Otalo’s crawlers search the web constantly, looking for vacation rentals to include in it’s index. The search index currently contains 1,615,253 listings that represent 735,728 vacation rentals; 79,003 homes with swimming pools; 37,750 waterfront houses and condos; 367,766 rentals that are smoking-free; 51,170 rentals that allow smoking; 353,637 rentals that do not allow pets; and 149,934 that are pet-friendly.

The Otalo search index contains rentals in 164 countries. Europe leads the world with 392,456 vacation rentals; North America has 260,000; the South Pacific has 22,704; the Caribbean has 19,548; South America has 17,888; Africa has 7,818; Asia has 5,072; Central America has 4,873; Southeast Asia has 3,737; and the Middle East has the fewest with 1,632. The United States is the most popular country with 237,991 vacation rentals, and Spain is next with 107,661. The U.S.’s most popular destination is Kissimmee, Florida, which is near Orlando, with 4,097 vacation rentals. Spain’s most popular destination is Barcelona with 4,834 rentals.

The most expensive vacation rental that Otalo has found on the web is Necker Island, which will cost you $273,000/week for your holiday. Accessible only by helicopter, it sleeps 28 in a Great House and multiple guest villas on the island with a number of pools, a beach house, and Crocodile Pavilion. Close behind in cost is Musha Cay which will only cost you $263,000/week, but you do get room for 24 friends and family to play on the 7 beaches on this 150 acres private island.

New Partners
With the addition of properties from airBnb.com, TripAdvisor.com, Flipkey.com, Holiday-Rentals.co.uk, iStopOver.com, HomeGetaways.com, Niumba.com, RedAwning.com, SkipJump.com, and PerfectFloridaVillas.com, Otalo is helping more and more vacation rental websites by delivering highly qualified vacation renters directly to their websites for bookings and information. Otalo has been described as “the Kayak of vacation rentals”, due to their model of providing a single point of search to travellers, while sending traffic to the source sites of those rentals.

About Otalo
Otalo was founded by Baer Tierkel and Mike Giles, veteran software industry entrepreneurs who enjoy to travel - but prefer staying in other folks’ houses over hotels. Otalo is a search engine built specifically for travelers looking for the perfect vacation rental by enabling the traveler to search 1.6 million vacation rental listings in a single click.

For additional information about the next-generation Otalo search engine for vacation rentals, you can contact Baer Tierkel at +1 413 658 8133 or visit Otalo on the web at:

Otalo - http://www.otalo.com
The Otalo Blog - http://www.otalo.com/blog.jsp
Follow Otalo on Twitter - http://www.twitter.com/otalo
Otalo on Facebook - http://facebook.com/vacationrentalsearch

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