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Vacation Ownership Site Gets $5 Million in Funding From Hotel Veterans

@denschaal

Sep 04, 2013 5:11 am

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Vacatia, a timeshare and fractional ownership marketplace, just received $5 million in funding. Vacatia


Vacatia, a marketplace for timeshares and fractional-ownership properties, attracted $5 million in seed finding from hotel industry and online travel veterans.

The investment, geared to take Vacatia from beta to an official launch, occurs as the vacation rental industry continues to garner much interest from investors.

The seed investors include online travel, and hotel and vacation rental industry veterans, such as Spencer Rascoff (Zillow, Expedia, Hotwire), Erik Blachford (Expedia), Robert Spottswood (Hyatt Vacation Ownership), Raymond L. “Rip” Gallein Jr. (Starwood Vacation Ownership and Marriott Vacations Worldwide), and Barry Sternlicht and Steve Hankin (Starwood Capital).

Also participating on a personal basis in the round were Egon Durban of SilverLake and Gene Frantz of Google Capital. Bee Partners, Peterson Ventures and Meyer Ventures contributed, too.

Vacatia’s parent company is Vacation Listing Services.

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