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Microsoft Canada Inc. collaborates with CanadaStays.com to offer vacation rentals
New travel tool makes it easier than ever to book Canadian cottage, chalet and vacation rentals online.
TORONTO, April 15, 2013 – Following a year of explosive growth within the vacation rental industry, Microsoft Canada Inc. has collaborated with CanadaStays.com, Canada’s largest vacation rental website, to add this increasingly popular accommodation option to its travel portfolio. With the launch of a new proprietary travel tool powered by CanadaStays.com – available at http://vacation-rentals.travel.ca.msn.com – MSN now allows its site visitors to book 25,000 vacation rentals in 250 regions across Canada, including private cottages, cabins and ski chalets.
“This collaboration is a reflection of our shared vision to make vacation rentals as accessible as any other product in the travel mix.” explains Mara Sofferin, VP Marketing at CanadaStays.com.
With this tool, MSN users can now search and book vacation rentals as easily as they would hotel rooms or flights. Travellers input travel details including destination, dates, property type, occupancy, and amenities and then search results deliver detailed property profiles that meet the renter’s inputted parameters. The vacation rental search results include hi-res photos, rate information and a secure contact form so the renter can contact the property owner in real time. These results also include reviews, providing an additional level of transparency.
CanadaStays.com reports that there are five times more rental bookings than last year at this time, reflecting a significant shift in Canadian traveller behaviour. It is clear that more and more travellers are booking vacation rentals rather than hotel rooms, and this collaboration between two Canadian leaders will continue to fuel the trend, especially as we move into the summer cottage season.
“Summertime in Canada is cottage time,” says Elisabeth Collett, MSN Travel Channel Manager. “We are thrilled to be a part of this quintessential Canadian activity, and look forward to making it even easier to find – and rent – that perfect Canadian vacation spot for all seasons!”
CanadaStays.com is the largest online destination for vacation rentals and recreation in over 250 regions across Canada. Our comprehensive website connects vacation property owners and renters, and gives users the most up-to-date information to help them plan their vacations.
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For more information:
VP Marketing, CanadaStays.com
PR Segment Lead, Microsoft Canada