About Us

About us team

What is Homestay.com?

Homestay.com is an accommodation marketplace dedicated to offering an unforgettable travel experience. We connect guests to local hosts in over 150 countries. Our hosts are at the heart of a homestay, offering the chance to live and breathe the local culture, to make friends as well as memories and to explore destinations in a truly authentic way. Homestay hosts can enjoy the fulfilment of being a part of their guest’s new adventures and make some money by renting out their extra space.

Our Vision

Our goal is to build a global homestays booking platform with a community of hosts and guests from around the world, partnering with established homestay industry providers where plausible.

We aspire to provide authentic travel experiences, staying with locals in their homes, who ideally share similar interests with their guests.

Our Leadership

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Tom Kennedy
Founder
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Debbie Flynn
Founder
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Paddy Holohan
Chairman
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Alan Clarke
CEO
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Paolo Dona
CTO
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Yvonne Finlay
VP Operations

Our Story

Launched in 2013, we are a Dublin-based, start-up company founded by a highly experienced team. Homestay.com was started by Tom Kennedy and Debbie Flynn, who together saw an opportunity to take an offline industry online and bring homestays from the education travel sector into mainstream leisure travel.

On Homestay.com, anyone can book a homestay including tourists, leisure travellers, students, interns, people relocating for work or those who simply want to experience local culture and meet local people when they travel.

Our Investors

Homestay.com is a limited company funded by a series combination of private investments and venture capital.

Delta Partners is a venture capital firm investing primarily in Ireland and the United Kingdom. It was established in 1994 and has €250 million under management. The firm has a strong focus on investing in early stage technology companies, and the team has made over 60 investments technology, medtech and healthcare businesses.

Enterprise Ireland is the government organisation responsible for the development and growth of Irish enterprises in world markets. Enterprise Ireland works in partnership with Irish enterprises to help them start, grow, innovate and win export sales on global markets.