HomeExchange.com is the platform of a network of people who exchange their homes to be able to get free accommodation for their holidays. People pay an annual fee (130€) to be part of the network.
The exchange of homes has existed in facts for decades. In the years 1950-60, people working in universities in the USA developed a system based on trust. Then Ed Kushins created the company to develop this concept in the USA. It worked at first through a catalogue and a system of letters. The system grew worldwide in an exponential manner with the development of Internet. What makes its specificity is the “member support”, which provides the help of local staff speaking the language of the users to support them individually. Moreover, it is innovative in terms of tourism because it can make the users discover not so touristic places, and it connects people by affinity.