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Travel sites makes its second acquisition of 2014 with purchase of “Only in America” travel site

The acquisition adds 3,000 new properties available for exchange to’s community in the United States, Canada, Mexico, and the Caribbean.

LONDON – continues to broaden its North American member base – and in turn, its collection of homes available for swap- with the acquisition of Only in America Home Exchange (OIA), a home trading travel site based out of San Francisco. Adding 3,000 new properties to its ever-growing network of more than 55,000 listings, this acquisition gives an opportunity to expand on the geographical reach of its home listings available across the US, Canada, Mexico, and the Caribbean, the primary regions of OIA members.

As part of a concerted global strategy by the team as they look to capitalize on opportunities for their members to exchange homes in more cities, the move will immediately incorporate the new property listings onto and include more houses in key US exchange markets such as California, New York, and Florida.

“Only in America was founded with a distinct regional focus, but when our members developed an interest in home swapping opportunities overseas, it became clear we needed to look beyond North America,” says Helen Salem, who established OIA in 2002 after experiencing a home swap with her family. “With its dynamic business growth plan, unparalleled customer service, and an efficient platform that helps facilitate home exchanges in over 150 countries, ultimately offered the best home for our members – a place where I know they’ll receive the best treatment.”

The transition between platforms is seamless, allowing OIA members to retain their home swapping profile and photos as they’re automatically transferred over to will honor active OIA memberships at their current rate, and all other OIA members will have an opportunity to join the site free of charge for one year.

Following the January 2014 acquisition of the online home exchange marketplace Aha! Go, this second purchase has helped set the foundation for’s aggressive expansion plan: to grow their active user community and offer a wider variety of property listings to their members by acquiring 2-4 home exchange websites each year.

“One of our greatest assets at is our dedication to our members. We want to be the go-to community for smaller home exchange networks looking to offer a larger selection of house swapping options around the world with a company that places members first in every decision we make,” says Chief Operating Officer Jim Pickell. “For owners of smaller companies seeking a welcoming home where their members will receive the best treatment, we’re the most obvious solution.”

Vicky Karantzavelou
Co-Founder & Chief Editor - TravelDailyNews Media Network | Website

Vicky is the co-founder of TravelDailyNews Media Network where she is the Editor-in Chief. She is also responsible for the daily operation and the financial policy. She holds a Bachelor's degree in Tourism Business Administration from the Technical University of Athens and a Master in Business Administration (MBA) from the University of Wales.

She has many years of both academic and industrial experience within the travel industry. She has written/edited numerous articles in various tourism magazines.