Every short term rental manager knows the significance of listing their property on multiple Online Travel Agencies (OTAs) to guarantee their intended online visibility and boost their occupancy rates. Which OTAs you must list your property on heavily depends on the location of your vacation rental and your target market. However, in our blog post, “Which 7 Sites Bring the Most Bookings” we’ve talked about the online booking platforms that can get you the most number of bookings. One of the top OTAs on our list is Expedia. You’re in the vacation rental business and might be already working with this leading global booking site. Otherwise, you have definitely heard of it as one of the world’s famous travel platforms. This post will give you the three main reasons why you should list on Expedia.
Expedia’s Story in a Nutshell
Expedia Travel Services was launched in 1996 by Microsoft as an online travel agency. It allowed customers to make flight, car and hotel reservations online.
In 1999 the company went public, with Microsoft remaining its main shareholder.
In 2001 Microsoft sold Expedia to USA Networks, Inc., which later changed to USA Interactive, Inc.
In 2003, Interactive Corp. acquired Expedia.com, Hotwire, Hotels.com, Egencia Corporate Travel, and Tripadvisor.
In 2005, IAC spun off one public company, Expedia, Inc.
In August 2015, Expedia grew its portfolio and presence and expanded its business. It stepped into the short-term rental market by purchasing HomeAway (and its family of Vacation Rental brands).
Expedia continued evolving until it turned to one of the world’s leaders in the online travel booking industry. In 2021 it has over 20 global brands, over 2.9 million hotels and vacation homes and more than 500 Airlines.
Expedia will continue going forward as a forerunner in the rental industry alongside other giant OTAs like Airbnb and booking.com. Here are the three main reasons you should list on Expedia.
Advertising on Expedia Group Channels
The main benefit of listing your property on Expedia is getting listed on multiple other Expedia travel brands worldwide, including Hotels.com, Orbitz, Wotif, Ebookers and more.
After partnering up with Expedia and share the details and photos of your property on their website. They will automatically appear on their other brands. You can benefit from the additional exposure and a rise in your occupancy rate from other Expedia Group brands.
There is no need to list your property on all Expedia Group brands separately. Just hang loose and enjoy the extra traffic and bookings flowing in.
Offering Packages at Great Rates
Expedia is an all-in-one travel site. It provides hotel rooms, short-term rentals, airline tickets, rental cars, cruises, and local activities to book.
The travellers can book and bundle up all parts of their trip on Expedia. Expedia is widely known for offering attractive vacation packages, which are more economical than booking separately.
Expedia Group sites offer a broad range of vacation rentals, hotels, flights, rental cars, cruises, activities, attractions, services, and discounted travel packages. This way they attract millions of global travellers every day.
Don’t miss the chance of displaying your property on this global market to reach out to your potential guests.
Employing Advanced Technologies
Expedia Group introduces itself as a technology company playing in the fields of travel rather than a travel company. This is exactly why they keep using technology, data and research to improve their users’ experience.
Expedia has secure user-friendly websites which provide travellers with whatever tools they need to browse and book their trip. They can access high-quality photos and listings details quickly. It also gives users real-time personalised property recommendations to reach what they are looking for in no time.
It also gives property managers useful tools they need to manage their listings. It offers the latest travel trends and market insights and a variety of advertising solutions to attract travellers worldwide.
All Expedia group sites are reinforced by hands-on support and provide the highest levels of security.
The Expedia app is easy to use. It allows travellers to book a trip from A to Z on the go on any smart device they are using.
Expedia has been working at the front line of the travel industry for more than 20 years. It has an extensive portfolio of over one million properties and more than 1.8 million vacation rentals. These two facts are enough to prove why you should list on Expedia and win good numbers of bookings.
Multiple travel brands, technology solutions and exceptional offers and packages, have made Expedia a perfect one-stop shop for vacationers worldwide.
Listing your property on Expedia is simple. Just take four easy steps and take advantage of a great boost in your online distribution and visibility.
Just make sure that your channel manager supports Expedia. You need a channel manager to update your rates and availability in real-time on multiple channels.
The payment is commission based on Expedia. You will be charged just when someone books. So there’s nothing to prevent you from getting listed.