Dermot Halpin to head up vacation rentals at TripAdvisor

Dermot Halpin to head up vacation rentals at TripAdvisor

TripAdvisor has announced the appointment of Dermot Halpin as president of vacation rentals, effective immediately.

In this newly-created role, Halpin will oversee and grow TripAdvisor’s vacation rentals operation, reporting directly into Stephen Kaufer, co-founder and chief executive of TripAdvisor.

“Dermot is a significant addition to the senior TripAdvisor team and we’re delighted to have him on board. This hire further demonstrates our commitment to vacation rentals as an important accommodation option for travellers,” commented Stephen Kaufer.

“He brings impressive experience to the table and has the credentials to lead our vacation rentals business and drive it to the next level.”

Halpin’s considerable experience spans both the online and travel sectors and includes seven years at Expedia where he served as president of the company’s EMEA division, which enjoyed extensive growth under his leadership. 

In this role Halpin was responsible for the Expedia, Hotels.com and Expedia Affiliate Networks businesses.

“I am thrilled to have the opportunity to lead TripAdvisor’s vacation rentals business,” commented Halpin.

“TripAdvisor is establishing itself as a leading and truly global player in this market, so it’s a very exciting time to be joining the company. TripAdvisor has already formed some significant inventory partnerships and I look forward to expanding the vacation rental business even further.”

Expedia recently confirmed it would spin-off TripAdvisor into a separate business following board approval.