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The transaction will close following final regulatory approval of the Chinese government

HomeAway purchases minority stake in

HomeAway, Inc.  announced it will purchase a minority stake in, the first online vacation rental service provider in China targeting middle to high-end Chinese travelers. HomeAway joins International, the leading online travel service provider in China, and venture capital firms, Lightspeed China Partners and CDH Investments, in this financing.

The transaction will close following final regulatory approval of the Chinese government.

“HomeAway seeks to make every vacation property in the world available to every traveler and so we’re excited to make this long term investment in as we believe they are best positioned to bring vacation rentals to China,” says Brian Sharples, chief executive officer of HomeAway. “We’re also looking forward to a relationship with, which understands the opportunities of the Chinese vacation rental market and currently highlights’s vacation rental properties on its homepage.”

“The capital raised from this financing will fund business development within China and give the ability to invest more heavily in strategic business development,” says Justin Jun Luo, chief executive officer of, which was founded in December 2011.

HomeAway expects to account for this minority investment using the cost method of accounting.

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