US: Technology-driven travel company Monaker Group and vacation rental search engine HomeToGo have completed a direct integration to search and book available alternative lodging rental [ALR], or vacation rental, properties through Monaker.
As a result, individual travellers using HomeToGo’s search engines will have “seamless” access to all of Monaker’s instantly bookable vacation rental properties located in prime tourism locations around the world.
HomeToGo operates 43 websites in 23 countries and regions across Europe, America and Asia-Pacific [APAC] and allows travellers to quickly search for and compare more than 18 million offers from over 2,000 vacation home websites around the world. The company also owns and distributes properties through travel brands such as Tripping.com, CASAMUNDO, Wimdu, and EuroRelais.
The collaboration between Monaker and HomeToGo began last year with testing property displays on the latter’s platform. Both companies then determined that a direct integration would provide a seamless and more accurate availability of the Monaker properties, with advantages for travellers and property owners alike.
Patrick Andrae, CEO and co-founder of HomeToGo, said: “Increasingly, vacationers and travel operators are looking for instantly confirmed inventory bookings. This deeper relationship with Monaker addresses this need by giving access to a wide array of instantly bookable vacation rental inventory.
“Now travellers who discover one of Monaker’s great property offers can simply click on a link to complete their desired booking seamlessly on HomeToGo’s platform,” he added.
Monaker CEO Bill Kerby said: “When travel returns to its growth trajectory post-coronavirus, many believe consumers will be looking for more control over their accommodations in a way that only vacation and ALR rentals can provide. The typical hotel economic model is based on attracting a large number of guests into a dense location.
“However, HomeToGo and Monaker offer consumers more control over who they travel with and more control over their personal space.
“The addition of HomeToGo to our group of travel distributors represents one of the largest platforms and global footprints to go live on our booking engine. HomeToGo’s massive global user base across multiple platforms now has more great choices when booking their vacation rentals,” he added.
Back in August, HomeToGo and a number of other travel startups filed an antitrust complaint against Google, accusing it of stealing content and data.