Travello looks to growth with acquisition of Backpacker Deals

Travel social network Travello has acquired Backpacker Deals for an undisclosed amount. Travello claims Australia-based Backpacker Deals is the largest online travel agency targeting the youth market in the country, as well as in New Zealand. It adds that the deal makes the combined companies the largest experienced-based OTA catering for the youth market. Ryan… Continue reading Travello looks to growth with acquisition of Backpacker Deals

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Lodgify Offers Vrbo API Integration with No Minimum Rentals Limitations

As one of Vrbo’s major partners, Lodgify has been working tirelessly to perfect our API integration with the company for years. However, with the previous 5 rental minimum, many found that this impeded other channel managers from offering an API connection.  Luckily for us, this is no longer a problem anymore. Vrbo has selected Lodgify… Continue reading Lodgify Offers Vrbo API Integration with No Minimum Rentals Limitations

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Yellowstone to be first U.S. National Park to deploy autonomous vehicles for tourists

Tourist shuttles powered by autonomous vehicle technology will come to Yellowstone National Park for the summer tourist season in 2021. An agreement between the National Park Service and mobility-as-a-service provider Beep will see two vehicles deployed in the destination’s Canyon Village area from May 2021. The pilot program will test multi-passenger and electric automated platforms… Continue reading Yellowstone to be first U.S. National Park to deploy autonomous vehicles for tourists

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Airbnb Email Templates to Enhance Guest Experience

It’s safe to say that guest experience is what drives the vacation rental industry. From building loyalty to increasing bookings, this concept encompasses a plethora of strategies and actions to ensure the best possible relationship with guests. However, communication is a key element that stands out significantly. If you’ve ever been to a vacation rental… Continue reading Airbnb Email Templates to Enhance Guest Experience

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6 Ways to Increase Your Vacation Rental Revenue With Upsells

Vacation rental bookings rarely stay steady year-round. Everyone has their busy and slow seasons. Furthermore,  given the recent travel changes since COVID-19, many vacation rental owners are looking for new ways to increase revenue and reinvent their business. So, how can you make your vacation rental property stand out without increasing your base rate? While… Continue reading 6 Ways to Increase Your Vacation Rental Revenue With Upsells

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Travel brands eager for a hit on Google might be disappointed

I have to say, the U.S. Department of Justice’s complaint feels a bit half-baked for several reasons. First, this is a tough case to start with – and not just because Google will mount a massive, rigorous defense that will likely either bog-down or out-lawyer the regulators. Additionally, U.S. antitrust law is traditionally based on… Continue reading Travel brands eager for a hit on Google might be disappointed

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Casai lands $48M for its smart rental apartment platform

Apartment rental startup Casai has raised $48 million in funding led by Andreessen Horowitz. Investment in the Mexico-based company includes a partnership with TriplePoint Capital for a debt facility of up to $25 million. The funding comes on top of $5 million in seed funding led by Monashees Capital and Kaszek Ventures. Nico Barawid, CEO of… Continue reading Casai lands $48M for its smart rental apartment platform

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How to Market Your Vacation Rental to Remote Workers

At the onset of the Coronavirus Pandemic, many companies allowed their employees to work from home. As the pandemic continues, many employers realize that this may be a long term, perhaps permanent, change to the way business is conducted.  Now almost half the population is working from home. For those with the right setup (private… Continue reading How to Market Your Vacation Rental to Remote Workers

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VIDEO: Travel businesses in Asia spot pockets of recovery

While Asia is seeing some recovery for the travel industry, experts believe the rest of the year will be about domestic trips. Executives from Agoda, Lufthansa Innovation Hub, Tidesquare Co and Amadeus shared views on market recovery at last month’s WebinTravel section event held during Phocuswright Europe 2020. Timothy Hughes, vice president corporate development for… Continue reading VIDEO: Travel businesses in Asia spot pockets of recovery

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