MADRID.-October 2010 statistics of homeaway.es, the Spanish portal of the HomeAway group, world leader in bed and breakfast online, show increasingly more owners of holiday cottages in Spain they opt for the portal to publicize their proposals through the internet. In just seven months of operation – began their operations in our country the last March – the number of cottages available in the portal has multiplied by 20, to more than 2,000 references. An indicator which, according to Laura Rivera Casares, responsible for homeaway.es, responds to the ever-increasing trust the owners and managers of rural houses in the professionalized portals, since they avoid surprises both for them and for travelers. The bed and breakfast in general and, especially, which refers to rural tourism, is being greatly strengthened in Spain thanks to the advantages that brings internet. Rural Catalonia, Balearic Islands and Andalusia accommodations are those that have greater presence in the portal, with a 37%, 25% and 20% respectively. Hugging us the percentage of demands by travellers, are located in Andalucia rural accommodation most required, with more than 51% of the total consultations between March 1 and September 15 of this year. Within the Andalusian autonomous region, the provinces of Cadiz, Malaga and Almeria have been the most consulted during this period. More advantages for owners one of the great advantages that rural homeowners found to use the portal to publicize their accommodation lies in the enormous visibility that they win automatically both in Spain as in portals that the Group has deployed in 13 countries, in 11 languages, which greatly opens possibilities for rent where they opt for this option.
According to the data of HomeAway, the European owners who use the portals of the group are able to rent their homes during an average of between 18 and 20 weeks a year, which generates revenues that may reach an annual average of 13,000 euros. For Javier Medina Queen, owner of a charming rural accommodation located in Castilla-La Mancha () our experience with the use of homeaway.es has been very positive. I showed my rural accommodation through the portal last February and I have already received more than 170 requests for information from travelers, more than 8% of which have materialised in rent. I think that the value of homeaway.es as a tool to promote rural tourism in Spain via the internet is very important. Original author and source of the article