UK: Falmouth-based Gendall Design hosted 20 of the UK’s top independent holiday cottage letting agencies and four leading booking software providers at a “revolutionary” event for the holiday cottage industry in the Cotswolds.
The travel and destination design brand welcomed booking providers including SuperControl, iPro Software, Anytime Booking and Rentivo to the event earlier this month.
Gendall, who design and build bespoke websites for the destination sector, was inspired to organise the event when it heard that the widely used booking engine, Software – TAB’s, from the Original Cottage Company, was being withdrawn from use by 2021.
Managing director Greg Welch said: “A large number of our holiday cottage clients currently use the TAB’s software and we saw a need to help them plan effectively for their future.”
With specialist insight into the market, Gendall kicked off the day with the launch of its latest product – the Gendall Gateway – a service that connects cottage agency websites to their chosen booking software, helping to support and future proof their digital services for years to come.
The letting agencies then enjoyed live pitches from the booking software providers, as well as ‘speed dating’ sessions in the afternoon with them all, in order to help them make an informed decision as to an alternative booking engine software platform provider.
Event attendee Mark Curtis, chairman of Love Cottages, said: “It is always great to be amongst friends, sharing learnings and helping overcome challenges in the holiday cottage industry.
“Holiday cottage agencies are good, knowledgeable and quality focused people who work hard to add real value in our fast changing market. It’s great to pull a bunch of them together.
“Thanks for inviting me and well done to Greg, the Gendall team and to all the presenters,” he added.
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