About This Episode

Meet Chris Stephenson, Vice President of Global Development at Homes & Villas by Marriott Bonvoy.

Chris has spent his career building new, innovative products and services across travel and hospitality. 

In February of 2019, Chris was a part of the founding team of Homes & Villas and in charge of thinking through how best to bring Marriott’s vacation rental home product to life. 

In this episode, Chris and I discuss:

  • What it’s like incubating a new product offering within a legacy business
  • Why Homes & Villas has had a different business model from Airbnb since Day 1
  • How Homes & Villas has grown from a couple of thousand listings to a couple hundred thousand listings in just the last couple of years
  • How Bonvoy, Marriott’s loyalty program, has played a role in accelerating usage of Homes & Villas
  • And what the product roadmap for Homes & Villas looks like in 2024 and beyond

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About the Show

Behind the Stays is brought to you twice a week by Sponstayneous — a free, biweekly newsletter that brings subscribers the best last-minute deals and upcoming steals on Airbnb.  

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Behind the Stays is hosted by Zach Busekrus, co-founder of Sponstayneous, you can connect with him on Twitter at @zboozee.

About the Host

Zach Busekrus

Co-Founder of Sponstayneous

Zach is the Co-Founder of Sponstayneous, a weekly newsletter that brings subscribers the best last-minute deals and upcoming steals on Airbnb. When COVID hit, he and his wife Gabby broke out of the lease on their 750-square foot apartment in Washington, DC to beta test the digital nomad lifestyle. Zach and Gabby have spent the past year living full-time on Airbnb — they've stayed in 50+ homes to date! 

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