MUMBAI, 1 November 2018: Booking.com announced key enhancements for professional short-term rental partners, during the Vacation Rental Management Association International Conference in Las Vegas, Monday.
After recently launching a new business department dedicated to the vacation rental segment, Booking.com has introduced new tools to support bookings.
The new product features allow for a more personalised, unified platform to enable short-term rental partners to make across-the-board changes and timesaving mechanisms to create a more user-friendly experience.
Additionally, products are now available beyond Booking.com’s partner dashboard for the brand’s partner mobile app, Pulse.
This improves connectivity so products are directly integrated with a partner’s software or channel managers.
The new features, which can be found on propertymanagers.booking.com include:
Group Connect: Booking.com’s new Group Connect feature saves time by including a template guest messaging system and an automatic scheduling system to help streamline operations.
Bulk Action Tools: Partners can apply changes to all properties in a portfolio with just a few clicks.
Guest Management: Partners will be able to report guest misconduct and block them from making future bookings.
Your Profile: The new Your Profile page allows partners to add a personalised message about themselves, their properties and the neighbourhoods.
Connectivity: All features will be available to partners no matter how they connect to manage their properties, whether it’s through the Booking.com Extranet, mobile app Pulse, or a connectivity provider.
“Property managers have been using Booking.com for years and their ongoing feedback has been instrumental in shaping our new products and services,” said Booking.com vice president Olivier Grémillon. “With one million new listings added last year, Booking.com invests in technology, marketing, and infrastructure in order to build products that can fuel more revenue for property managers.”
Booking.com recently announced it reached a milestone of 5.7 million listings of homes and apartments an increase of over 20% compared to the previous year.
Recent research that Booking.com conducted in 2017 with more than 57,000 travellers across 30 markets indicated that 35% would plan to stay in more casual accommodation options in 2018, further evidence that consumer demand for accommodation beyond the hotel remains strong.