UK: TrustedStays, a flexible lets booking platform for corporate and government customers, has announced a new partnership with the UK Apartment Association [UKAA] that will add build-to-rent into its proposition.
The UKAA joins the UK Short Term Accommodation Association [STAA], which originally set up TrustedStays, to bring a greater selection of individual properties from across the UK that are now available for rent for corporate and government accommodation bookers, on one single booking platform. The combination of the two industry bodies’ memberships will significantly increase the current size of the TrustedStays inventory and open up more options for corporates and government employees to book accommodation that has the Quality in Tourism accreditation.
TrustedStays was launched in 2021 following the success of the Homes for NHS scheme which united the industry in providing key workers with clean and safe homes to stay in during the pandemic. Since then, the platform has won a Government RFP [Request for Proposal] – a first for the industry – and is piloting, with partner companies, the Global Distribution System [GDS], providing a new channel for corporate and professional travel bookers to secure quality homes and apartments for their customers and staff.
Shomik Panda, director general of the STAA, said: “We are proud to be a part of this initiative since its inception as Homes for NHS, which successfully united the sector and delivered significant value to front line staff fighting the pandemic. We are delighted that the UKAA has joined the STAA to provide a powerful proposition to the corporate and government market.
“As the platform continues to build momentum and open new doors to this market, we’re excited to be a part of its continued evolution and are thrilled for the plans in place for 2022,” he added.
UKAA CEO Dave Butler said: “Build-to-rent operators and investors have been seeking to access the corporate lets market for a long time. TrustedStays provides an effective tech-driven platform that opens up this market globally.
“I am hugely excited by the opportunity that this brings to UKAA members,” he added.