Travel Chapter
Travel Chapter CEO Jayne McClure

Travel Chapter joins UK STAA membership

UK: Holiday letting agency Travel Chapter has become the latest organisation to join the UK Short Term Accommodation Association [STAA].

Travel Chapter manages over 15,000 properties across the country and owns a number of well-known brands such as holidaycottages.co.uk and the recently acquired Original Cottages, as well as lifestyle brands including Canine Cottages, Big Domain and Farm Holidays and a portfolio of regional brands.

Travel Chapter CEO Jayne McClure said: “With the increased demand for UK staycations we have experienced in the last couple of years, along with the continued growth of our own business, we are now in a really strong position to join the STAA. We have seen the work the STAA has been doing on behalf of the industry and are keen to play a full role in contributing to its strategy and plans going forwards.

“We’re looking forward to working alongside the other members of the STAA to continue the great work they have been doing to make the short-term accommodation industry a more attractive one for guests and property owners alike,” she added.

Merilee Karr, chair of the STAA and CEO of UnderTheDoormat, said: “I am so pleased that Travel Chapter has become a member of our association. Having another organisation that is operating so successfully in the short-term rental sector will add real firepower to our industry voice as well as valuable insight and data.

“Travel Chapter represents a significant segment of the market and it has demonstrated a real responsibility in managing its growth in a sustainable and professional way. The growing professionalism of our sector is one that we need to be more vocal about and having Travel Chapter on board will enable us to showcase the many examples of how this manifests itself to key audiences and stakeholder such as local authorities, government and other associations,” she added.

Travel Chapter was due to go public last November before announcing that it had been delayed due to “market volatility”. In January, the agency was sold to private equity firm ECI Partners.

STAA membership is open to all short-term rental businesses and companies who offer ancillary services. Hosts may also become members of the association, while both hosts and operators can pay an additional fee to become third-party accredited.

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