James Villa Holidays

James Villa Holidays

Business profile

  • Largest villa rental business in Europe with 3,000 villas in 32 destinations
  • Direct sales organisation, with the majority of sales via the internet

Key Strengths

  • Strong management team
  • Market leading brand
  • High level of repeat business
  • Substantial scale advantages versus competitors
  • Highly profitable and cash generative
  • Multiple shareholder value creation opportunities

James Villas was sold to Wyndham Worldwide in November 2010, generating an IRR of 36%

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Even though Vespa had limited previous experience of the travel industry, I was impressed at how quickly they grasped the main issues, opportunities and risks. This rigorous, thoughtful and dynamic approach helped get the deal done and has proved valuable to the board on an ongoing basis. They are a supportive shareholder and have provided value from access to both their own and their investors' networks.

Tony Wheble, CEO, James Villa Holidays