Booking.com has introduced new tools and product enhancements “specifically designed to simplify day-to-day management and help professional short-term rental partners welcome more guests”.
The new features were developed in response to the rising popularity of homes, apartments and unique places to stay as a category than traditional segments, said Booking.com in a statement.
More travellers than ever are looking for unique places to stay, with 43 per cent of travellers planning to stay in a new type of accommodation this year, according to a Booking.com survey last year of 21,500 respondents from across the world.
The products and features offered by Booking.com include:
Group Opportunity Centre: Spot opportunities that apply to all, or some, of your properties and save time making updates with this new tool offering relevant, actionable performance tips for your portfolio.
New Connectivity Tools: Booking.com’s new Connectivity features make it easier for you to manage your business, from key collection to damage deposits, through your software provider.
Features to Highlight Professionally Managed Properties: Showcase your property’s professional attributes to guests from the start through a range of new features, including a host score, based on reviews from the rest of your portfolio, and an external review score, based on guest reviews from trusted sites. These scores give guests peace of mind when booking your professionally managed property and improve your visibility. Booking.com is also spotlighting the unique facilities of your professional properties including 24/7 contact, keyless check-in, and much more.
Quality Rating System: Attract travellers and match guest expectations for your property with the objective quality rating system for the short-term rental industry, similar to that of traditional hotel star ratings, based on your property’s location, size and facilities.
Advisory Board: Know your voice is heard through Booking.com’s Advisory Board, a group of industry thought leaders spanning property managers and connectivity providers and dedicated to advising the company on its role as a partner to the short-term rental industry so the company can tailor their products and services to their partners’ specific needs.
More information on these products and the professional property manager experience with Booking.com is available here.