Vacation Rentals: How They’re Shaping the Future of Tourism

“I think travelers continue to look for a great place to stay and, increasingly, that local experience when they travel. Vacation rentals is a category which provides that, almost by its very nature.”

— Merilee Karr, founder and CEO of UnderTheDoormat

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Merilee Karr

Merilee Karr is the CEO and founder of UnderTheDoormat Group, an award-winning prop-tech company recognised by JP Morgan as one of the top Female Powered Businesses in the UK and by Skift as one of the top companies globally shaping the future of short-term rentals.

As the elected chair for the UK industry body, the Short Term Accommodation Association (STAA), she regularly speaks on behalf of the sector with UK and EU governments. She is an industry spokesperson on the BBC, Sky News, the Times, Guardian, Which?, Huffington Post, and Skift, and has received awards from Estates Gazette, European Builtworld, VRMA, and Travolution.

Tim Rosolio

Tim Rosolio, vice president of Partner Success, Vacation Rentals, has a comprehensive end-to-end view of the short-term rental business. He is a subject matter expert in vacation rentals, and his leadership and involvement include working on a number of key projects and initiatives at Vrbo such as our monetization strategy, VR competitiveness, acquisition, readiness, and the Fast Start program.

In addition to his eight years of experience in the vacation rentals line of business, Tim understands what our Vrbo hosts need because he is one! Prior to being VP of Partner Success, he worked on the Expedia for Business Strategy & Transformation team.

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