Virginia Vacation Rentals Launches with No Booking Fees

    CHINCOTEAGUE, VA, July 05, 2017 /24-7PressRelease/ — Citing big changes in vacation rental listing services, such as Homeaway and VRBO, a new regional website called Virginia Vacation Rentals has launched to allow renters and vacation homeowners direct contact with each other without hidden fees or interference.

“We’re going back to the model of simply being a listing site for vacation homeowners,” said Bunnie Riedel, President of Riedel Communications and owner of the website.

“As a vacation rental homeowner, I was driven off of sites like VRBO because it was bought by Expedia and then Expedia proceeded to treat our property like it was a hotel,” said Riedel. “Their policies such as charging renters a booking fee and not allowing direct contact between renter and the homeowner are shocking.”

In 2015, Expedia Inc. agreed to acquire VRBO and its family of online booking sites for $3.9 billion in cash and stock. Not long after, its policies began to change and now, two years later, vacation rental homeowners are jumping ship and looking for alternative booking sites.

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