CottageCountry comes toMSN
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CottageCountry comes toMSN

Screen Shot 2013-04-15 at 2.14.41 PMAs spring struggles to throw off the shackles of winter in much of Canada many if us are starting to think of summer vacations at the cottage. A new travel tool makes it easier to find that perfect cottage.

Today Microsoft Canada Inc. announced it has collaborated with, Canada’s largest vacation rental website, to add this increasingly popular accommodation option to its travel portfolio. With the launch of a new proprietary travel tool powered by – available at – MSN now allows its site visitors to book 25,000 vacation rentals in 250 regions across Canada, including private cottages, cabin and ski chalets.

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“This collaboration is a reflection of our shared vision to make vacation rentals as accessible as any other product in the travel mix.” explains Mara Sofferin, VP Marketing at


With this tool, MSN users can now search and book vacation rentals as easily as they would hotel rooms or flights. Travellers input travel details including destination, dates, property type, occupancy, and amenities, and then search results deliver detailed property profiles that meet the renter’s inputted parameters. The vacation rental search results include hi-res photos, rate information and a secure contact form so the renter can contact the property owner in real time. These results also include reviews, providing an additional level of transparency.

Screen Shot 2013-04-15 at 2.12.15 PM reports that there are five times more rental bookings than last year at this time, reflecting a significant shift in Canadian traveller behaviour. It is clear that more and more travellers are booking vacation rentals rather than hotel rooms, and this collaboration between two Canadian leaders will continue to fuel the trend, especially as we move into the summer cottage season.


“Summertime in Canada is cottage time,” says Elisabeth Collett, MSN Travel Channel Manager. “We are thrilled to be a part of this quintessentially Canadian activity, and look forward to making it even easier to find – and rent – that perfect vacation spot for all seasons!”

Bob Benedetti

Former RCAF Fighter Pilot Bob worked for CTV Montreal as a Reporter, Producer and Executive producer for 35 years retiring in 2004. Bob started reporting on personal technology in 1995 at CTV and continues today at Home Technology Montreal

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