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How Avantio’s rental management software became the Preferred Partner of top global OTAs
Choosing a vacation rental management software is a pivotal point in the growth of a property management company. The tools you use to structure and streamline your business processes are crucial for enabling your business to scale successfully. With the global value of vacation rental revenue expected to reach $81.14bn this year, property managers need to harness all available resources to take their piece of the pie.
When it comes to property management tools, a high-quality connection to the top OTAs is key for consistent growth. But if rental management software carries the ‘Preferred Partner’ seal of approval from Airbnb, Booking and Vrbo, what does it really mean? Let’s take a look at how Avantio has achieved Preferred Partner status and the value it adds for our clients.
Avantio and Airbnb
Founded in San Francisco in 2008, in under 15 years Airbnb has grown to become one of the biggest global names in vacation rentals, with over 12 million listings across the world.
Avantio first connected with Airbnb in 2016 and was one of the very first European channel managers to do so, enabling our clients to list properties on the top channel. Our relationship has since gone from strength to strength, and we were first awarded Preferred Partner status in 2020, continuing this accolade into the current year.
Airbnb Preferred Partner Requirements
Many channel managers are connected to Airbnb across the world, but few have the technical standards to meet ‘Preferred Partner’ requirements. This is awarded to software partners that meet or exceed Airbnb’s performance and technical requirements. They must have fully integrated API connectivity and meet specific criteria to ensure the highest quality for clients connecting via the system.
To achieve this, Avantio has had to demonstrate that we are invested in collaborating on integration quality to deliver a consistently successful API connection. Airbnb has Preferred Partner software categories for both PMS and Channel Managers and Avantio has been approved for each.
Avantio and Booking.com
Booking.com was founded in Amsterdam in 1996 and is now one of the longest established global online travel agencies, with properties in more than 220 countries and territories.
Avantio first connected with Booking.com in 2012, giving our clients the opportunity to market their properties to this enormous audience. We’ve maintained a close relationship over the last ten years, continuing to evolve our software for the optimum connection. We’ve achieved an incredibly high level of compatibility, meaning our clients can publish listings with detailed accuracy to maximize visibility.
Our relationship continues to thrive and we were awarded Premier Partner status by Booking in 2020, an accolade we have maintained for three consecutive years.
Booking.com Premier Partner Requirements
Booking.com Premier Partner status is awarded annually, with performance monitored quarterly, to ensure that high standards are maintained consistently year-round.
The assessment includes stringent evaluation of metrics such as business value, property performance, connectivity solutions, engagement, and deals. The Avantio team works hard to ensure that our software is always evolving to meet the standards set by this leading OTA, so that we can continue delivering a top connection to our clients.
Avantio and Vrbo
First known as ‘Vacation Rentals By Owner’, Vrbo was founded in Colorado in 1995, with the purpose of renting out condos at a ski resort. After a decade of growth, Vrbo was acquired by vacation rental marketplace HomeAway in 2006. HomeAway was then acquired by travel giants Expedia in 2015 – uniting both existing brands under the Vrbo name. After nearly three decades of evolution, Vrbo has certainly earned its global heavyweight status.
Vrbo first connected with Avantio’s API in 2016, and upon seeing the value it offered to our clients, we worked to develop a full content API – one of the first software companies to do so. In 2020 we achieved Vrbo Preferred Partner status, which continues into 2022.
Vrbo Preferred Partner Requirements
Vrbo undertakes a thorough analysis of software partners, considering factors including connection quality, onboarding quality, property quality, and engagement quality. Avantio’s priority is to exceed these requirements so that our clients have a seamless experience when publishing their properties to the Vrbo channel.
What does Preferred Partner status mean for Avantio clients?
“We’re delighted to be awarded Preferred and Premier Partner status by the top three global OTAs. The Avantio team works hard year-round to deliver the highest quality tools to our clients, and we’re proud to receive official acknowledgments of this quality from Airbnb, Booking, and Vrbo. These awards represent Avantio’s commitment to helping vacation rental property managers to scale their businesses and stay ahead in the market.”César Augusto – Avantio’s Head of Partnerships
As the leading global online travel agents, Airbnb, Booking, and Vrbo clearly have incredibly high software integration standards. Fortunately, Avantio does too. We’re determined that our clients have the best possible OTA channel connections to all of the 60+ channels we’re connected to, to help them grow their businesses.
Clients who use Avantio software have peace of mind that their properties’ features are fully presented, thanks to our bespoke two-way rest API connections. This secure and consistent connectivity gives properties maximum visibility and helps clients meet all of the requirements to appear in search results. This leads to better quality property listings and the opportunity to reach a wider audience.
Preferred and Premier Vacation Rental Management Software
Being awarded Preferred and Premier status from the top OTAs, based on numerous, varied, and strict criteria is a testament to Avantio’s commitment to delivering only the best performing tools to our clients. These seals of approval mean you don’t just have to take our word that we’re the best vacation rental software option on the market – we have the credentials to back it up.
Are you curious about what Avantio’s vacation rental management tools can do for your business? Book a free demo to find out.