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Vacation Rental Company Plans to Petition Congress Requesting 'National Vacation Day;' Searches for the Person Most Deserving of a $10,000 Vacation Getaway

AUSTIN, TEXAS, June 2, 2009 /PRNewswire/ — With many families feeling uneasy about spending money in today's challenging economy and studies showing travelers putting off summer travel, HomeAway® - the world's leading online vacation rental marketplace - today invites people to join together to "save our summer vacation." In fact, HomeAway is launching a national movement to help consumers relax and unwind during these troubled times.

As part of the movement to save summer vacations, HomeAway has created the website and is asking consumers to sign a petition requesting Congress to proclaim a "National Vacation Day" on August 7, 2009.

"In stressful times, vacations help bring families together and let people recharge, getting them ready to return to work or school with a renewed attitude," said Eileen Ogintz, family travel expert and author of the syndicated column "Taking the Kids." "While several recent surveys have shown that families are putting off vacations in light of the economy and rising gas prices, there are actually many ways to cut costs - but not corners - and still stick to an affordable travel budget. For example, vacation rentals through sites like allow you to rent a whole home for less than the cost of a hotel, and they come with added perks like full kitchens that allow you to dine in and save even more money."

Searching for the Person Who's Most in Need of a Summer Vacation

In addition to campaigning for a National Vacation Day, HomeAway is searching for the person in the United States and Canada who is most deserving of a week-long summer vacation.

Whether they're stressed out, tired of hearing about the gloomy economy, or simply haven't taken a vacation in years, HomeAway is giving them the opportunity to share their story for the chance to win a $10,000 vacation getaway. Two runners-up each will receive a $5,000 trip.

"At HomeAway we believe now more than ever people deserve to take a break from work and stress and enjoy a relaxing vacation with their families and friends - without busting their budget," said Brian Sharples, chief executive officer of HomeAway.

As part of the contest, consumers can submit a short text, video or photo entry at, explaining why they deserve to have their summer vacation saved by HomeAway. The entry period runs today through July 2, 2009, at which time the general public has the chance to vote for the person they believe is most in need of a vacation. The voting period ends July 16, 2009, when an expert panel of judges will select the winner from the top 15 vote-getters based on creativity, originality and effectiveness at expressing their need for a vacation. Judges include Stacy DeBroff, CEO of Mom Central, a one-stop web resource dedicated to providing busy moms with smart household and parenting solutions; Eileen Ogintz and Brian Sharples. Winners will be announced on or around July 28, 2009.

The official entry form and contest rules are available at The contest is open to legal residents of the United States and Canada, excluding residents of Quebec, who are 21 years or older as of June 2, 2009 (for U.S. and District of Columbia residents), or the age of majority or older within the Canadian province in which they reside as of June 2, 2009 (for Canadian residents).

About HomeAway, Inc.

HomeAway, Inc., based in Austin, Texas, is the worldwide leader in online vacation rentals, representing nearly 400,000 paid vacation rental home listings throughout 120 countries. HomeAway offers an extensive selection of vacation homes that provide travelers with benefits, including more room to relax and added privacy for less than the cost of traditional hotel accommodations, as well as full kitchens and extra amenities such as private pools. In addition, the company makes it easy for owners of vacation rental properties to advertise their rental properties and manage their bookings online. The HomeAway portfolio includes the leading vacation rental websites, and in the United States; and in the United Kingdom; in Germany; and and in France. The company also recently launched vacation rental websites in eight additional European countries. For more information, please visit