Ruud Smeets, new CEO of Traum-Ferienwohnungen and COO Marketplaces OYO Vacation Homes

  • OYO Vacation Homes has appointed the Dutchman Ruud Smeets as CEO of the company Traum-Ferienwohnungen. From April 1st he will be responsible for the planning and implementation of the company’s future development strategy.
  • In addition to his position at Traum-Ferienwohnungen, Ruud Smeets will join the global management team of OYO Vacation Homes in the role of COO Marketplace.

Bremen, 31 March 2020. Ruud Smeets will be the new CEO of the online marketplace for vacation homes Traum-Ferienwohnungen. With more than 20 years of experience in management positions at international level, Ruud will focus on managing Traum-Ferienwohnungen to further strengthen the company’s position in an increasingly competitive environment. In his new position, R. Smeets will become the head of Traum-Ferienwohnungen. The company is one of the leading European online marketplaces for holiday accommodation. With the help of user-friendly software for managing vacation homes and bookings, Traum-Ferienwohnungen enables owners and rental agency managers to present their properties to an international audience. The company now offers over 95,000 holiday homes in around 70 countries as part of a self-service model.

During his career of more than 20 years, R. Smeets has founded several companies and held several management positions in various technology and fast growing companies worldwide. R. Smeets is used to managing projects in international, competitive and changing environments. Amongst others, he has worked in leading positions at companies like Scout24, ELEQT, KPN, Yahoo! and KPMG.

Upon his appointment, R. Smeets stated: “It is a pleasure to join a company with the strength and potential of Traum-Ferienwohnungen and OYO Vacation Homes. Even though the situation for the entire tourism sector is currently very difficult due to the Corona crisis, I am sure that we will all be able to make it together soon. Thanks to the strong, unique, and competitive position of the company in an increasingly complex market, but also, and very importantly, thanks to the quality and experience of a very competent team, I look forward to a healthy future for Dream Vacation Homes and OYO Vacation Homes.” R. Smeets has a degree in Business Administration from the University of Maastricht and attended a postgraduate executive education program at Nyenrode Business University.

About OYO Vacation Homes
OYO Vacation Homes (OVH), headquartered in Amsterdam, is one of the leading holiday home rental companies in Europe. The organisation is active with full-service providers such as Belvilla, DanCenter and Danland and takes care of the entire rental process for homeowners as well as the online marketplace of dream holiday homes. The goal of OYO Vacation Homes is to become the most popular holiday home rental brand in the world, offering one-stop shopping for homeowners and managers as well as holiday guests. For further information, please visit

About Traum-Ferienwohnungen
Since 2001 the online market place for vacation homes brings guests and hosts personally and directly together. Hosts can advertise their accommodation simply, transparently, and successfully. Vacationers choose their dream vacation home from over 95.000 vacation homes in 70 countries. In addition to classic apartments or houses, the portfolio also offers unusual holiday accommodation such as tree houses, houseboats, converted windmills, or castles. Every year, around 47 million vacationers look for their perfect vacation home on Around 30,000 hosts place their long-term trust in the vacation home experts based in Bremen. Further information is available at

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Corporate Communication
Traum-Ferienwohnungen GmbH
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