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EXCLUSIVE: Airbnb Announces 10 Exciting New Vacation Rental Partnerships

You may remember last year when we learned of Airbnb’s Unique 3-Step Plan To Enter The Vacation Rental Market. This was followed by partnerships with LiveRez, Kigo, Booking Pal, and LeisureLink: clear indicators that Airbnb is listening to owners/managers and that they are interested in growing their share of the vacation rental market.

Today, I am honored to share with you another VRMB exclusive...​

Airbnb's 10 New Vacation Rental Partnerships​

This past week, Airbnb rolled out API specs to ten new and progressive property manager software companies for vacation rentals. I would like to officially congratulate each of the following ten companies on the exciting news:

Europe

    • Avantio - The complete system developed with professional agencies in mind
    • Supercontrol - Innovative Property Management Software for ambitious holiday rental managers
    • Xotelia - All-in-one system for B&B, guest house, apartment, and vacation rental owners
    • Net2Rent - The comprehensive management program for agencies in the rental market
    • Arkiane - Software publisher for tourism and real estate
    • Rentals United - Automated vacation rental distribution for 40+ niche and mainstream websites

North America

    • Streamline - VR software by property managers for property managers
    • OneRooftop** - Provides leading online booking software and websites for vacation rental businesses.
    • Ciirus - All-in-one vacation rental software made easy
    • Maxxton - Enterprise resource planning system for all your operational needs
    • Barefoot - Providing leadership, vision, and technology in the industry for 16 years

**VRMB Inner Circle Member

Note: Since the date of publication, Airbnb has announced two more companies, Rentals United, and Bookingsync to this wonderful list.

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This means that if you currently use any of these companies to manage your vacation rental(s) you will soon be able to seamlessly synchronize and begin accepting Airbnb bookings from the comfort of your existing dashboard.

If you are in the process of selecting vacation rental software, consider the fact that these companies now come with an added bonus—the opportunity to reach Airbnb’s world of travelers.

Why is Airbnb doing this?

It should be no secret that, by making it easier to take advantage of their offerings, Airbnb is looking to gain more market share in the vacation rental industry. By opening up their API to selected new partners, I see Airbnb opening its reach specifically to owners and managers in the more advanced stages of Listing Site Independence.

What does this mean for the vacation rental industry?

APIs are the mechanisms that let one application talk to another, share data, and take actions on one another’s behalf. APIs allow your photo on Instagram to directly post on Facebook. APIs allow us to embed Google Maps in our websites and integrate Youtube videos into our blog posts. The more communication between the applications we use, the more efficiently we can operate businesses.

When companies like Airbnb and HomeAway open up their APIs, they are encouraging certain approved owners and managers to take advantage of their offerings. The more efficiently those owners and managers can piggyback, the more interconnected they become with guests, and the better the experience gets for everyone involved.

What comes next?

I see this kind of disruptive innovation -- from Airbnb or any other big company for that matter -- as a positive shift and force in the world: old established pathways are being challenged and new improved pathways are being created. In an industry like ours where time, energy and communication are of utmost importance, the onset of these kinds of announcements should be making a lot of VR professionals very happy.

Do you Airbnb? I am always curious to hear from owners and managers about how they perceive the vacation rental industry evolving. Feel free to use the comment area below to share your thoughts and experiences. I read and respond to everything. And have asked Airbnb's Global Head of Vacation Rentals, Shaun Stewart, to chime in too...

Question from Matt...

About the Author Matt Landau

Matt Landau is the Founder of the Vacation Rental Marketing Blog and the Inner Circle, two online resources dedicated to helping vacation rental owners and managers generate more bookings. Google+ | More Posts (230)

  • I have been integrated with Airbnb since the original API with LiveRez.
    It has been a positive experience for me and our property owners.
    Congrats to all the new partners being able to take advantage of this
    channel.

    • Shaun Stewart

      Great to hear Matthew!

    • Tina Upson

      Matt you have straight up have killed it on Airbnb with your properties and we LOVE you!! We are proud at LiveRez to be the OG of the Airbnb listing API. LiveRez has worked non stop to consider what is best for our property managers and help them navigate the industry. With partners like Matt at Family Time Vacation Rentals it’s no wonder I LOVE my job!! Loving that Airbnb has become part of our LiveRez family! They have been great to work with and the view is looking good from the TOP!

  • rod

    Finally glad to see this, more instant bookings with instant updates of the calendars means less overbooking issues with other OTAs thus better distribution of inventory/rooms/homes/rentals. I viewed Xotelia last week in a demo, fantastic system, very helpful technical staff , they are more of a channel manager like bookingPal and so far, they don’t mention a preferred PMS system to work with. PMS system is highly useful for many owners looking to cut down on admin tasks. I recall they did not have automatic email system/triggers.

    Supercontrol has a fantastic software, very intuitive invoicing system, booking engine, property management, automated emails/triggers. Shanti is very helpful and provides some detailed feedback. They could not display multiple rates in booking engine such as non refundable rates for OTAs like booking.com which stops a manager/owner in collecting early payments from guests, the only reason why I didn’t go with supercontrol. They do provide setting up your system for a fee which is great to get started and have a good partnership with a payment company to process automatically the booking payments you receive.

    • Matt Landau

      Great to hear, Rod. I’ve been super impressed (and educated) by your PM software crusade. Specifically, the methodical way you have gone through the selection process. If anyone is looking for a piece of vacation rental management software, be sure to read Rod’s ‘manifesto’ (Inner Circle Members Link) – http://community.vrmb.com/index.php?threads/growing-pains.2371/

  • I like that Airbnb is finally recognizing vacation homes as a part of their business. I feel like this segment of the industry has been somewhat silent partners for the last 8 years. Being a subscriber to OneRoofTop, I’m delighted to have the option to take a long holiday! However, the reservation arm of One Roof Top tells me that the percentage for ‘touching’ any reservation is 7.5%. That’s a lot different than the 3% we have gotten used to, but certainly better than the standard 25% (or more) charged by well known property management companies.

    • Rodney

      Yikes! 7.5%? No thanks.

      • Shaun Stewart

        Thanks Rodney – Airbnb charges 3% or 5% (5% if you use 30 or 60 day cxl which also includes payment 30-60 days prior to check in). Anything higher than that is a charge coming from your software company. If you have any questions email us at vr@airbnb.com.

        • Cancun INN

          WE optout from AirBnB because its abusive unilateral policies which were unsuitable for marketing our 19 units. Other mayor issue , was the lack of user filter price / lower-higher .

    • Shaun Stewart

      Thanks Debi – Airbnb charges 3% or 5% (5% if you use 30 or 60 day cxl which also includes payment 30-60 days prior to check in). Anything higher than that is a charge coming from your software company. If you have any questions email us at vr@airbnb.com.

      • Hi Shaun – glad you are here!

        What I understand is that Airbnb will first take their percentage, and as the booking goes through the PM, they will then take their cut. I don’t have an issue with it, everyone needs to be paid for what they do. Honestly 10.5% is much less than most PMs charge.

        My question to you is about location specific regulated Airbnb’s. Since so many Airbnbs are regulated in urban locations, will those properties managed by PMs be restricted to vacation destination areas where there are no legal restrictions? Or will the PM’s require proof of permit or license to operate in regulated areas?

        • Shaun Stewart

          Thanks Debi – shoot me your email (Shaun.stewart@airbnb.com) and I can certainly help with these questions!

      • Sarah Christenson Brubaker

        Hi Debi! To clarify the 7.5% is for our inquiry management service where our team of reservation specialists answers inbound leads for all channels (your website, VRBO or Airbnb). This is completely separate.

        • Sarah Christenson Brubaker

          We will be sending more info in the coming weeks to our clients about the latest integration!

  • Ashley Katz De Jong

    cool. glad they are working with OneRoofTop!

    • Sarah Christenson Brubaker

      So are we! OneRooftop will be sending more info to our clients in the coming weeks.

  • Ana Arguedas

    Hello, I like Airbnb but I’m a manager of around 50 properties in my country and I have my own website. I can´t put all the properties in Airbnb because each owner has their own rules and conditions. I will really like to know how Airbnb can work with us in this conditions. Do you know if they are speaking with small business like mine?

    • Darik Eaton

      I would deal with this by taking the option out of your owners hands if at all possible. If you are paid on commission, and Airbnb is a successful channel for you and the properties it works on, why should they limit your ability to make them money?

    • Shaun Stewart

      Hi Ana – we can help! Email us at vr@airbnb.com and we can connect you to your account manager depending on your location. Thanks for considering us.

      • Lauren Amarante

        Shaun, thanks for participating in this thread! I love Airbnb! I have the same issue as Ana though and I am wondering, generally speaking, how you would go about solving it? Would you have her put it on different profiles each owned by the property owner but managed by her? I also am a SuperHost and have thankfully avoided any cancellations but if one owner were to cancel, it would negatively impact other owners on my profile since the SuperHost status would be removed. Anyhow, very excited that Airbnb is willing to work with professional managers and thanks again for your participation here! =)

      • Hi Shaun, any thought at Airbnb on what is happening in Berlin? How are you going to cope with that especially if it develops i Europe?

        • Shaun Stewart

          Hi Whitehouse, at Airbnb Berlin is categorized as an urban market not a vacation rental market so unfortunately that doesn’t fall under my team. As a result I’m probably not the best person to ask. But if you email me I’m happy to pass it on to the appropriate people?

    • Shaun Stewart

      Thanks! We can help Ana – email us at vr@airbnb.com and we can connect you to your VR market manager (assuming you are in a VR market). Thanks!

      • Ana Arguedas

        Hello Shaun, Thank you for the information and yes, I´m in vacation rental market in my country Guatemala, Central America. I´m going to write to the email address you are giving me, but what I think is more in how can we integrate our web page to Airbnb? So we can bring our properties to your vacation Rental market but at the same time using our own platform. Is this possible?

        • Shaun Stewart

          Hi Ana – great, shoot me a note and we can discuss!

          • Shaun: one major problem we all encounter is complex pricing and the difficulties of Web/OTA price vs direct owner site price.

            This is one big stumbling block for many systems to synchronise with accurately. VRBO, HA etc will see more of this as their transactional model is forced this year (although I have noticed some large companies have it exactly the same).

            I’m hoping the clever chaps behind the scenes can make the owner/manager complex pricing translate into front end comparables. We all know the channels and other OTA’s want simple redistributable prices (nightly, no minimums), but its not so simple at the sharp end and could be a game changer.

          • Shaun Stewart

            Hey Richard – very true! The VR world is certainly catching up with hotel and air regarding complex revenue management approaches. On our end, via the API, we can support almost all yield management tactics; MLOS, check in/check out restrictions, promotional pricing based on LOS or BW etc. The only item we have yet to support is per person pricing, which is more often requested in Europe vs. the US. Feel free to write to me at shaun.stewart@airbnb.com if you can to chat about it further. Have a good weekend!

  • Darik Eaton

    Has anyone in a city market been successful with this integration? And is it a one way or two way integration? I use the Kigo product and have been told I can’t integrate as I’m in a city. And even if I wanted to the integration is ok at best in that the bookings do come through however all the manual pricing has to be updated due to Airbnbs “Round” Dollar Amount pricing rules. So before making a software decision based off of this information do your homework. As “integration” can mean a lot of different things, and if you are looking for full automation, you may find you don’t have it.

  • I will definitely use one of them but today my main concern is Berlin’s decision to ban vacation rentals from the city and new laws coming in force in Brussels complicating our development.

  • Sandra Strandebo

    Do I AirBNB? Well sort of. Have been open for three years coming up. Have 40+ 5-star reviews. Only 3 or 4 AirBNB bookings. I offer a two-bedroom, full kitchen, fancy bathroom, fireplace, sauna, free laundry, parking, etc. half a block from shopping with gorgeous gardens featured every year in my neighbhourhood’s Garden Tour. AirBNB wants me to charge $53.00 a night. Ha ha ha. I am now getting $135.00 a night double occ plus $20 ea additional and am packed all year. So AirBNB ummm….. give your heads a shake!!!!

    • Matt Landau

      Great to hear, Sandra. This, I think, is a luxury you have earned from the wonderful legwork you have put in. To be able to price your rental as you believe is appropriate and to use any of the booking engines for solely that…possible bookings. If you can generate a booking at a price you believe is fair and through a process that you are not hindered by, why not? Until then, you put your head down and focus on that which you can fully control. Congrats!

  • Stephan

    Thank for the update Matt, and congrats to the latest nominees. It is interesting to see how AirBnB is starting to disintermediate channel management companies by allowing PMSes to go direct. We (at Orbirental) believe this is a good thing for property managers relying essentially on that channel to run their business, as they will ultimately pay lower commissions. For the larger PMCs going multi-continent / multi-channel with large inventory, channel managers might still be a more scalable route. On our end, as an automation platform, we’ll just provide our customers with data-driven suggestions in the way they can optimize their ROI per channel given the different set of alternatives available, based on their growth strategy.

    • Matt Landau

      Agreed, Steph. At the Property Manager level (or for owners with more than 3 or 5 properties) the piecemeal management of each property and listing eventually becomes prohibitively time-consuming. And so API integrations (of any sort, for that matter) that save time and allow for more streamlining is of great importance. For people in this growth position, I would highly recommend Wes Melton’s essay on Scaling: https://www.vrmb.com/property-manager-scaling/

  • C. Ebsworth

    I am now totally confused. After continually advocating ‘independence’ from the agents surely this now does exactly the opposite and creates a bigger ‘finger in the pie’ scenario for Airbnb. So if you were independent using any one of the 10 applications, you are now again linked to an agent (Airbnb). To me it means just the opposite of the independence – they just get a bigger slice of the pie. Airbnb very positive for me – but I thought the idea was for ‘independence’ – why the turnaround?

    • Debbie Lane

      I’m confused too

    • Matt Landau

      Hi Cecelle, thanks for your comment. As you will remember from the Listing Site Independence presentation https://www.vrmb.com/lsi/ the concept of LSI is not about going cold turkey on listing sites. Rather, it’s about using listing sites to help establish your own independence. Stage 1, for instance, is almost about getting the most out of your listing site opportunities. And in the case of this Airbnb post, think about Stages 3 and 4 in which you will start using booking & revenue management software: the theme of LSI is to use any and all resources at your disposal to bring a client onto your court. If you have established a strong Foundation (Stage 2) and Framework (Stage 3), you don’t care about who’s got their ‘finger in the pie’ because the pie is growing. As we say at my Foundation http://esperanzasvc.org/ a rising tide lifts all ships…and the vacation rental industry has unlimited potential!

  • ipgathering

    One thing I don’t like about these integrations is the service fee these companies charge my guests. If they book directly on my website, there is no service fee. But the main thing I dislike is total lack of control, particularly with Homeaway/VRBO. Since 2005 I have listed with VRBO and taken payments on my own, through my own reservation software. But lately, things have changed. They no longer allow me to not have online payment methods. They have forced me to enter alternate payment methods. Matt, you see this as a positive change. But I see nothing positive about losing control over how I process payments, losing my damage insurance sales to VRBO and making my guests pay their exorbitant service fees. I also see nothing positive about having to play by VRBO’s response rules, being punished for not responding to a guest through VRBO. A recent potential guest put in a reservation request on VRBO. Then he changed his mind about dates and put in another request. Instead of directing him to my website, it had him enter his credit card info on VRBO, and then charged him for damage insurance and the service fee, for both reservation requests, even though I declined the reservation because of date conflicts. He was mad about all the confusing instructions, and about receiving so many emails (I had to reply to every email he sent so I didn’t drop in placement) and being charged 4 separate times from VRBO. He called VRBO, who told him they had no record of him in their system, even though the bank had charged his card for all 4 transactions. He called me really confused and upset, thinking I had scammed him. I called VRBO and they told me this was the process, and since I declined the VRBO reservations, he would get a refund in 7-10 days. A sleazy way to make money on interest by holding that money for 7-10 days when the reservation was never accepted in the first place? That’s what I’m thinking. My VRBO site literally would not work for me anymore until I entered the alternate payment methods. I see VRBO as becoming an industry monopoly, and it will bite them in the butt someday. I hope to never have to integrate with them. I had to apologize profusely to this potential guest for VRBO’s botched handling of this potential reservation, but most likely lost the client. In fact, I agree completely with C Ebsworth….integrating with these companies is the opposite of listing independence. It is forcing us to run our business THEIR way, not ours, and we become subject to every whim of these companies. Unfortunately, because none of us have the resources these companies have, we become powerless to do anything but accept their terms, no matter how bad they are for our business and guest satisfaction.

    • Matt Landau

      I can hear the frustration in your voice, Debbie. I went through it myself. But I would encourage you to view this subject not as the victim, but as the protagonist who carved out a wonderful niche in Idaho (the amazing entrepreneur inside of you). In doing so, question whether you see these listing site changes as negative perhaps because you so heavily rely on them? And accordingly because the changes (of which you have no control over) will significantly affect your business? While realizing this may be a rude awakening, we have to adapt and move on…attempting to stop innovation (or large corporations) is a fruitless mission.

      I’ll offer a different perspective: when you launched Island Park Lodging, the traditional hotels saw nothing positive about wonderful small, affordable cabin rentals. Why? Because they saw themselves losing control. But vacation rentals began to evolve and those hotels are increasingly presented with the choice: either claim that it’s not right….or ebb and flow with the times in order to compete. I hope this opposing viewpoint helps highlight the need to recognize the “brutal facts” first, before finding excuses as to why our business cannot grow. Turning that corner was very much the turning point for my rental business.

      Thanks again for your comment! I’d recommend you watch the Listing Site Independence Presentation https://vrmb.com/lsi/ which will help put in context where the listing sites fit into the bigger picture of true sustainability. No need to throw the baby out with the bathwater.

    • Sandra Strandebo

      Yes – I had the same thing yesterday on Canada Stays. Guest tried to book, I accepted, then got an email from “security” saying they had cancelled the reservation due to suspected fraud!!! Guest was furious … turns out he had used his name to book but daughter’s credit card for the payment. Managed to obtain the booking by having him send in another reservation request but it took a lot of explaining and wasted time emailing back and forth.

  • Really really interesting this and a good move by Airbnb as part of their business model. Restricting to large channel managers or a smaller number will see lower quality inventory and change the Airbnb image. Mass distribution is used by large agents (Interhome, belvilla etc) and these portfolios can often have large numbers of poor quality properties and duplications.

    Ignoring the listing independence arguments (this is not independence as preached Matt), everybody needs to mix their marketing especially if they are managers. I know plenty of owners who simply use Airbnb alone. Airbnb is part of the ecosystem and could be the largest very quickly if they can navigate the data relationships and economics. Managers can’t manually admin airbnb that easily.

    Hooking into the likes of SuperControl (which has a large number of smaller users) means more attention to these micro-businesses and better booking opportunities. The feedback issues are of course a problem for managers with keyboxes and distant volume booking and management.

    As a founder of Rentivo.com aswell as a manager we are acutely aware of these challenges and as much as we all see service fees, delayed payments, hard to answer mediated questions, they do seem to be streaking past HomeAway in various quarters. Focussed on managers they also dilute the local city objections as these are established portfolios and will see a new focus.

    One very clear, but technically difficult, opportunity is pricing. We are close to launching a very flexible pricing module that covers all (impossible probably!) pricing variations through a year with taxes and extras etc. Managers and owners really need this still as simple rules are hard to adopt. To have real time pricing endpoints pulled from quality inventory (great photos,drone shots, reviews, 3-D plans, local information, detailed FAQ’s etc) would see less friction in adopting Airbnb and enable thousands of smaller independents to use Airbnb with high conversions.

    We know simple pricing helps distribution for the other OTA’s but Airbnb is different and independent currently. Another opportunity. An open API for smaller inventory users would open the doors to some great inventory, that is not on the suppliers in the new channels aswell.

    In the meantime, back to independence, pretty sure this will highlight the growing conundrum and the need for increased technology in everybodies lives!

    • Matt Landau

      *Just to be clear, the VRMB model of Listing Site Independence does involve listing sites to get started and build a strong foundation. It is NOT all or nothing.

      • I think the LSI is a great acronymn, but does seem to indicate no involvement in listing sites,although commentary explains better. I do agree a rich marketing mix is needed including listing sites, they have massive spend and are hard to avoid (even if everybody wanted to) as so many owners contribute to them and there are a multitude of smart routes to market and ways to use listing sites. I welcome the PMS integration wholeheartedly. API’s are the new railroads, but does need a standard guage agreement.

        • Matt Landau

          I think of it like raising children (even though I admittedly have none and frankly, don’t even have a steady girlfriend): The goal is not to be entirely void of parents. It’s to use parenting to help support and nourish someone who can live in this world on their own.

  • Richard, I don’t understand what you mean when you write “Focussed on managers they also dilute the local city objections as these are established portfolios and will see a new focus.”

    • Maybe not well phrased. I meant that there are managers in Paris for example, with fully licensed large portfolios that have been trading for years. Airbnb could pull these in and replace the more traditional booking paths (e.g. VRBO). In addition these are established trading businesses and the city offices have less reason to complain over those who have simply decided to jump on the short term rental opportunity.

      • Well, I spoke last week with Brussels administration that jus is introducing rules and laws and that is just what they want to avoid. They can tolerate individual owners renting occasionnally their apartments but what they really don’t want are portfolios and businesses that are competing with hotels in what they consider in an unfair way and threatening jobs. So to my view, bringing vacation rentals in cities to a business model is the sure way to get conflicts. I think that in a way owners were a lot safer with low profile operations like VRBO than with flamboyant Airbnb that has attracted a lot of attention. I am quite pessimistic on the future of profitable operation at least in cities. Either they will put taxes and rules that will make renting unprofitable or they will simply forbid them as in Berlin. We will see what will happen in London after the new mayor election.

  • I think that owners have to do their job directly and not integrating themselves in sublistings managed by others that integrate them on platforms like VRBO/HA and Airbnb. Real independence is maybe difficult to obtain but be part of portfolios is going the opposite direction.

    • Matt Landau

      Real independence is a process, Maurice. And the beauty of the process is that the choice to use listing sites doesn’t need to be black or white. It can be both! Think about Jiu Jitsu: a contest of strength versus strength means that someone always loses (typically the weaker individual). But by taking your opponent’s energy and moving with it in what’s called “a union of souls” you actually have more power. This strategy (unlike brute force) takes years to master, but it is the de facto method of the world’s best BJJ fighters.

      Be sure to check out my newly restructured blog posts: https://vrmb.com/learning-paths/ keeping in mind that in all stages along the journey it is recommended to use any/all cost-effective resources at your disposal to acquire bookings.

      • Thank you Matt. I am advertising directly my properties on all channels but it is true that even with as little as three properties (and in the near future a fourth in Lisbon) it takes a lot of time. The problem using a third party is that the properties get advertised many times on the same big listings some times with prices that are slightly different which looks unprofessional. Very frankly, for the moment I am terribly concerned by cities regulations that get more and more hostile to VR. I wonder if we will still be able to offer them in the next 5 years.

        • Matt Landau

          It does take a lot of time, for sure. 4-5 properties is the threshold at which an assistant or first employee can become cost-effective.

  • Deborah_SuperControl

    Property managers everywhere would rather pay no commission so minimising reliance on channels is indeed desirable. That said, they’re an integral part of the marketing mix in our view and it’s our job as a property management system to enable you to manage your listings efficiently and reliably so you can spread your marketing risk/opportunity across many different resources. You need bookings coming in from channels while you attend to all the elements that enable you to attract direct commission-free bookings from: your own website, content marketing, remarketing, social campaigns, local prominence, reputation management and so on. Using a PMS like SuperControl doesn’t mean you have to use or integrate with channels like Airbnb; it’s an option, just like all these other tools listed here – part of a complete and flexible solution for property managers.

    We advocate that channels are an important contributor to a successful marketing mix but over-reliance is to be avoided. Apart from anything else, if you can create enough demand for your properties you can charge more.

    • Good comment Deborah and as a manager that is also integrated via Supercontrol to some of its clients, it allows complex marketing solutions. We work with other managers via SuperControl’s API and this gives managers a sharing reach to each others client base without touching an OTA. We still use them of course, but it dilutes the eggs in one basket approach and creates some great partnerships.

  • C. Ebsworth

    Thanks for the response Matt – yes I see what you are getting at, but then ‘independence’ is not the right word. Is it then not ‘codependence’? If I was going to go for independence I would use one of the other means which do not have an Airbnb or other agent to which I belong interest in them. Using the former in which they have an interest would give them access to all your ‘private’ bookings and thus open yourself up to having to share your hard work in attaining such private clients to ‘share’ them with Airbnb or other. We will have to agree to disagree on this one. If I belonged to one of the 10 sites I would disengage myself and use another immediately.

    • Matt Landau

      It sounds to me like you are more and more convinced that independent is the way to go. And with that in mind, I will agree to disagree with you Cecelle any day of the week!

      P.S. The word is really “non-dependence” but it doesn’t sound quite as lovely 🙂

  • Evelyn

    And here is Airbnb’s find out more link. I don’t think this make me happy as an original host with 2 small listings in NY, where I live with my guests.

    .. http://s.airbnb.com/vacation/

  • Kristin Whitaker

    Thanks for posting this Matt, wasn’t familiar with Ciirus at all.

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  • John Makro

    This seems to be a clear indication that Airbnb is not looking to enter the “ground game” of the vacation rental industry directly, but instead sticking to the listing and booking processes. By opening their API to management companies they are hoping to essentially outsource the guest experience element and focus on being a booking channel. No doubt Airbnb views opening up their API as a way to increase market share. They have effectively decided against partnering directly with high quality property management companies like ourselves, here at Pillow Homes. This is because as an established VR management service, we have our own software and do not adopt other services’ APIs. That said, it is a positive step for the industry as a whole that Airbnb recognizes the value of managed rental services and these are key to providing superior guest experiences.

  • Duncan

    Great – https://www.elinepms.com has a 2-way integration with Rentals United and can connect to multiple channel managers at the same time. Thanks for sharing

  • I am pleased to say that Airbnb have now begun the introduction of the API in the southern hemisphere, Genkan was one of the first approved and hope to have this live within 3-4 weeks. This compliments Genkan’s direct connect with Booking.com, Homeaway and Expedia which is in current development.

  • Anil Kumar Prasanna

    We are happy to announce AxisRooms Certified Airbnb connectivity partner in Asia, partners can reach to subscribe AxisVR product. It also has specific revenue management functionality with data driven pricing. We are the early partners in Asia and have presence in Sri Lanka, Thailand, Maldives, UAE, Bhutan and Indonesia.