Indian firm plans to expand from 50 existing vacation properties in the US
The model involves either managing vacation-home rentals on behalf of owners or renting out apartments, which can then be sub-leased to travelers.
Oyo, which specializes in managing budget hotels and has raised $3 billion from SoftBank, currently operates about 50 vacation homes in the U.S., and is now looking to expand by targeting a wider range of travelers.
“We don’t think of hotels and vacation homes as two different businesses,” Oyo’s Chief Executive, Ritesh Agarwal, told the Journal.
Agarwal said he believed the vacation-home model would pose fewer regulatory hurdles than the short-term-rental model, which is subject to restrictions in many major cities. In smaller towns, vacation homes will come under less scrutiny.
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