May 10, 2016
PORTLAND, ORE. – May 10, 2016 – Vacasa, the technology-enabled vacation rental management company, today announced that it will offer the industry’s first immersive experience previews, Matterport Spaces, on every listing it manages by midyear at no cost to owners or guests.
Founded in 2009 in Portland, Oregon by entrepreneurs Eric Breon and Cliff Johnson, Vacasa has grown from two to more than 1,000 employees and today manages more than 3,500 vacation homes in the U.S., Europe, and Central and South America. Consistently achieving 100 percent year-over-year revenue growth, the company was ranked number nine on the prestigious Inc. 5000 Fastest-Growing Private Companies list in 2014.
Vacasa now offers Matterport Spaces for 50 percent of its listings, and will continue to add immersive experiences for its remaining properties in the coming months. The technology enables guests to explore every Vacasa property room by room while booking online, ensuring that they choose the perfect home for their vacation and know precisely what to expect when they arrive. According to the company, the standard feature will add increased transparency and is projected to boost engagement, drive bookings, and align customer expectations.
Consistency has always been at the core of Vacasa’s business model, which employs local property managers and professional housekeepers to provide guests with exceptional experiences through on-the-ground support. Offering Matterport Spaces will bring that same consistency to the booking process. To date, no competing vacation rental management company offers this service to all homeowners and guests at no cost.
“At Vacasa, leveraging technology to provide a consistent experience for guests and optimal returns for homeowners is at the core of our business,” says CEO and co-founder Eric Breon. “We know that quality photography drives bookings, and now we’re taking that philosophy a step further to provide a fully immersive booking experience. We are proud to partner with Matterport to provide these immersive experiences as a standard feature at no additional cost to homeowners or guests.”
“Matterport is thrilled to partner with Vacasa to expand our game-changing technology in the vacation rental industry,” said Matterport CEO Bill Brown. “By giving potential guests the ability to experience the space as if they were there, Vacasa is providing an exceptional pre-booking experience, taking the uncertainty out of booking a property while creating a connection with the space. Offering this service across all properties will give their users a consistent experience across their site, and make it easier than ever for clients to choose between properties and feel confident with their ultimate selection.”