Homestay Accommodations Available for This Summer's Commonwealth Games in Glasgow

April 28, 2014 will offer accommodation options to visitors attending this summer's XX Commonwealth Games in Glasgow. is a new global travel website founded in Dublin, Ireland, by co-founder Tom Kennedy and Debbie Flynn, director and founder of Irish Education Partners. Homestays offer travelers a "host present" lodging option, enhancing the travel experience through the hospitality and local knowledge of the host.

The initiative matches guests searching for accommodations with hosts who want to rent a room on a nightly, weekly or monthly basis. Homestay accommodation is a growing global trend as tourists seek more authentic and enriching travel experiences, especially during major sporting and cultural events like the XX Commonwealth Games.

Held from July 23 to August 3, 2014, the XX Commonwealth Games is expected to draw thousands of visitors from around the world, including major Commonwealth countries such as Canada, Australia, New Zealand and India.

In order to ensure spectators have access to a variety of suitable accommodation options, VisitScotland, Scotland's national tourism organization, is listing accommodation options that will make the Games experience available to everyone in need of a room. A "Temporary Games Accommodation" page provides advice to visitors on finding unique accommodation choices like those provided by, as well as lodging choices from Airbnb, local rental offices and others.

Hosts can sign up for free on here: For homestay providers, internship companies, study abroad agencies and language schools seeking a real-time homestay management platform, visit:

The homestay sector has grown in popularity, moving into mainstream travel. No longer just for students, it is now a recognized accommodation alternative for tourists seeking out a more authentic local travel experience. estimates that the global homestay market spend is in the region of EUR 10 billion.

About is a Dublin-based firm pioneering new ways to enjoy experiential accommodation choices through a "host present" homestay model. is a limited company and has raised venture capital funding through Delta Partners Ltd. The company also provides the Homestay Manager software to Homestay agencies and host families worldwide. chairman is Paddy Holahan, the founder and CEO of Newbay. CEO is Alan Clarke, previously of

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