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Villa holidays

Vespa Capital sold its investment in James Villa Holidays in 2010

Business Profile

  • At the time of our ownership, James Villas was the largest villa rental business in Europe with 3,000 villas in 32 destinations.

  • Direct sales organisation, with the majority of sales via the internet, at a time when many competitors were still operating large store networks.

  • Highly experienced team who had a clearly defined strategy for growth.

Key Strengths

Vespa Capital sold James Villas to Wyndham Hotels Group in November 2010.

  • 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.

What James Villas says

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