Otalo Expands to More than 460,000 Vacation Rentals Worldwide

Amherst, Massachusetts (PressExposure) December 21, 2009 -- Otalo (http://www.otalo.com) has expanded its vacation rental search index to include over 460,000 vacation homes around the world. That's an increase of over 260,000 new vacation homes to their search inventory. In January Otalo launched a next-generation vacation rentals search engine - http://www.otalo.com - that searches across the internet's many different vacation rentals sites, giving people planning vacations access to hundreds of thousands vacation rental listings with a single powerful search.

Expansion "We started Otalo with 200,000 vacation homes and in just a few months we've over doubled our inventory to more than 460,000 vacation rentals, said Baer Tierkel, one of Otalo's founders. "Our partnerships with great rental sites such as HomeAway, Escapia, Vacation Roost and others allow us to deliver qualified renters directly to their sites while providing renters a really easy way - a single search - to search across all the web for their perfect vacation rental with a single search." .

A Single Search accesses 460,000 Vacation Rentals There is no need to wade through hundreds of different vacation rental websites trying to find a great vacation rental. Otalo lets you use a single search to find your perfect vacation rental across 460,000 listings from many different websites including HomeAway, Escapia, Zonder, We Need A Vacation, Rentalo, Vacation Roost, and many more. With Otalo you enter your criteria once - price range, number of bedrooms, location, amenities and then search once to find your favorite vacation rental. Then you can share the homes you've found with your friends via email, twitter, facebook, and more! Otalo is free service to both renters and vacation rental sites.

"Looking for a vacation rental at the beach in the cold of February should be fun and not tedious," said co-founder Mike Giles, "It's actually a lot of fun to browse through all the great photos of cool homes in faraway warm places from Orlando to to Spain to Tahiti. As the world-wide economy continues to be tough on vacationers, vacation rentals serve as a great alternative to more costly hotels and resorts."

New Vacation Rental Partners With the addition of HomeAway, Escapia, Rentalo, and VacationRoost, Otalo is helping more and more vacation rental websites by delivering qualified vacation renters directly to their websites for bookings and information (like Google, but for vacation rentals). Otalo displays all properties fairly (as any search engine should) and the users then click-through to the source site. Otalo does not take direct listings or bookings, and refers property owners and renters to its source sites to list their vacation rentals. There are no charges or fees to vacation rental websites to be included in the Otalo search index.

About Otalo

Otalo was built by Mike Giles and Baer Tierkel, veteran software industry entrepreneurs. They found themselves at their local cafe complaining about how *many* different sites listed thousands of vacation homes - each site making them re-enter their search information - with no central place to collect their favorites and share with friends. "There didn't seem to be a single, usable site that would search all these sites for you," said Tierkel, "we needed a Google for vacation home rentals. We had a good amount of caffeine coursing through us and decided, hey, we should just build one - one that's easy-to-use, powerful, and fun."

The name Otalo (ō · tal · ō) was derived after deep and long market research (ie. gabbing with the regulars of the local cafe) by combining the Zen symbol enzo - "O" - with the Finnish word for house - "talo". The founders (after too many cups of tea) figured to bring a Zen calmness to looking for a Finnish rental house. Well, any rental house. It was *so* obvious. Well, you get the idea.

For additional information about the next-generation Otalo search engine for vacation rentals, you can contact Baer Tierkel at +1 413 658 8133 or visit Otalo on the web at:

Otalo - http://www.otalo.com
The Otalo Blog - http://www.otalo.com/blog

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Press Release Submitted On: December 21, 2009 at 12:42 pm
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