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This is one holiday rental site with a twist. Loveroom lets users search for guests and hosts based on their attractiveness – because who cares what the room looks like?

The US site was launched last week by Josh Bocanegra, a Los Angeles-based entrepreneur, the UK’s Daily Mail reported.
Bocanegra said he was inspired to create Loveroom after an experience with the popular accommodation site Airbnb, where he found there was a lot more interest when he included a picture of his girlfriend in his listing.

More than 700 people have already signed up for the service, which is free. It’s currently undergoing some testing but Bocanegra hopes for a full launch globally by Valentine’s Day.

Loveroom
Similar to a dating site, it lets users search for people by gender, age and sexual preference.
When people find their best match they negotiate regarding the accommodation.

“The intent of the app is to give single people who travel often (or once in a blue) a place to stay where they might find love – or sex,” Mr Bocanegra said.

“What happens if you think the person you rented from on Airbnb is attractive? And vice versa. You’re in their home, you want to be professional. LoveRoom solves that problem.”

One 40-year-old male user of the site was seeking a female roommate, while a 25-year-old woman flashes her cleavage and declares she loves “liquor and cuddles”.

Source : http://www.news.com.au

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North American online travel agent Expedia says that it will test adding HomeAway vacation rentals to its search results.

The plan is to include roughly 10,000 US and Mexican standalone vacation rentals on expedia.com from HomeAway, the largest marketplace for holiday stays.

The move follows in the wake of a prior agreement to include B&B listings from HomeAway sub-brand BedandBreakfast.com. The trial will begin early in 2014. The 10,000 properties only represent a sliver of the 575,000 HomeAway vacation rentals claimed worldwide on the HomeAway, VRBO.com, and Abritel.fr sites.

The inclusion of the listings has implications with hotel owners’ fight against short-term rentals. Some experts say this move will rankle hotel managers even more, now that their listings are in direct competition with vacation rentals.

The news comes only a week after HomeAway expanded its business model to include a pay-per-rental commission-based fee structure (and not just a subscription-based service).

Source :http://www.tnooz.com

This is not in Asia but when the richest man buys an Hotels-Apartment in US we like to say!!Bill Gates

Cascade Investment, the private investment arm of Bill Gates, is buying downtown’s Four Seasons Hotel.

“We have great faith in Houston, particularly with its strong role in the global energy business,” Michael Larson, Cascade’s chief investment officer, said in a news release.

Located at 1300 Lamar St., the Four Seasons has 404 rooms and suites and 64 rental apartments. It opened in 1982. The seller, Maritz, Wolff & Co., has owned the property since 2000. The deals is expected to close on Oct. 1.

The property will continue to be managed by Toronto-based Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts, which is owned jointly by long-term shareholders Cascade Investment, Kingdom Holding Co. and Triples Holdings. The company recently announced the appointment of J. Allen Smith as CEO.

Larson added: “Likewise, because we are very confident in the new executive leadership at Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts and the exceptional in-place management team at this property, along with the enduring value of the Four Seasons brand, we see a compelling real estate investment opportunity here. We look forward to Four Seasons Houston continuing as the local market leader and maintaining its unique position in the Houston community.”