Are you a rugby fan? Toronto-based startup iStopOver, a leading provider of vacation rentals and short-term accommodation, is promoting their availability to house travelers in New Zealand for the Rugby World Cup from September 9 to October 23, 2011. iStopOver’s New Zealand hosts are close to all the action in various cities including: Auckland; Dunedin; Hamilton; Invercargill; Napier; Nelson; Rotorua; Wellington and Whangarei.
Rugby fans traveling to New Zealand just need to search for their city of choice, select the accommodation they want, and then correspond with the host to make the booking. Thanks to iStopOver’s social interaction feature, travelers can securely seek out rooms from fellow rugby fans. Plus, they can request special amenities from iStopOver hosts, like having their favourite beer in the fridge, and rides to and from the stadium.
Hosts make all the arrangements with their guests before they arrive. iStopOver’s role is to be the connecting marketplace and financial clearinghouse for both travelers and hosts.
iStopOver has had a lot of experience with providing accommodations for international sporting events. “We gained tremendous experience at the Vancouver Olympics and the Soccer World Cup in South Africa and look forward to finding the perfect accommodations for rugby fans next month,” said Anthony Lipschitz, CEO and Co-Founder of iStopOver.com. “New Zealanders are well known for their hospitality and love of rugby. The large amount of reservations we have processed in the past few weeks says a lot about New Zealanders’ resilience and the excitement for this great event.”
In light of the recent Airbnb scandal, where an Airbnb host’s home was trashed by travelers renting their space, iStopOver has partnered with SafeMart® to provide home security systems for their hosts. SafeMart's LiveWatch™ interactive alarm monitoring allows iStopOver customers to monitor their homes from afar. This is especially helpful for keeping a close eye on rooms containing valuables. Plus, it helps to protect hosts’ homes in case of a fire, flood, or carbon monoxide leak.
It sounds like iStopOver has taken the appropriate measures to make sure that their customers feel secure in knowing that their homes are protected. Here’s a link to more details on all of iStopOver’s security offerings.