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Maison Privee the first vacation rental company in the MiddleEast to win at World Travel Awards!

The World Travel Awards serves to acknowledge, reward and celebrate excellence across all sectors of the global travel and tourism industry.


The voting window has closed, the votes counted, and the winners of the 27th annual World Travel Awards have been decided. Maison Privee is immensely proud to announce that it has become the first vacation rental company in the Middle East to win at the World Travel Awards as Dubai's Leading Holiday Villa Rental Company 2020!


Founded in 2017 by Paul Mallee, Maison Privee manages a large portfolio of luxury villas, penthouses and apartments which it offers as vacation rentals. Just last year the company signed a deal with Gulf Sotheby's to manage a USD$100m portfolio of luxury villas, growing its exclusive villa collection to become the largest independent vacation villa operator in the GCC.


‘Becoming the first vacation rental operator in the Middle East to win at the prestigious World Travel Awards is an incredible achievement for a three-year-old start-up’ commented Paul Mallee, Founder and Managing Director of Maison Privee. ‘Our aim was always to redefine the short-term accommodation sector and to deliver a world-class experience for our guests. This award endorses our efforts to achieve this goal, Paul continued.


The vacation rental sector has seen exceptional growth in recent months as guests seek the natural seclusion and privacy offered by properties in residential communities. With global growth in the sector expected to continue post-COVID-19, the outlook for the category is very strong. ‘Winning at the World Travel Awards is a testament to the hard work and efforts of our entire team to curate and manage an absolute gold standard vacation rental portfolio’ Paul commented. ‘Property owners entrust us with the management of their investments and we deliver for them by ensuring that our guests recognise us as the go-to vacation rental provider in the region’, Paul said.


With hundreds of properties already under management, Maison Privee has continued to expand rapidly and is currently rolling out its model regionally as well as internationally. Commenting on the World Travel Award, George Azar, Chairman of Gulf Sotheby's International Realty said ‘The Maison Privee Team have not only met but exceeded our expectations under a preferred partnership with Gulf Sotheby’s. The returns on investment delivered to our clients have been exceptional, with rock solid occupancies and higher net revenues than long-term leases would have delivered. Vacation rentals are quickly becoming the preferred accommodation choice for travellers, staycationers and extended-stay guests with the sector now the fastest growing within the global hospitality space.


In June of 2020, Maison Privee became the first vacation rentals company to be awarded the World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC) Safe Stamp. The Safe Stamp award endorses that specific health and hygiene protocols, outlined by WTTC, have been implemented. An additional layer of assurance for guests to experience safe travels.


While the broader travel and tourism sector has endured a difficult period of months, the success found in identifying and meeting the market demand is what sets companies like Maison Privee apart. Having raised USD$4m in Series A funding two years ago, the business has established itself as the leading player in the vacation rental sector in the Middle East region and has continued on its planned growth trajectory despite macro environmental challenges.

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