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Rumour has it - google launched Gogle vacation rentals

BlueMtnCabins
Mar 27, 2019 10:50 AM
Joined Jun, 2016 1034 posts

Rumour also ha sit that so far it only shows VRs listed on OTAs which kind of defies the purpose. Is there any way to integrate direct?

Paul W
Mar 27, 2019 11:01 AM
OR Team Member Joined Jun, 2009 717 posts

Google Hotel Search is maybe what you're talking about? That's been out for awhile. They now have a new landing page for it here:

https://www.google.com/travel/hotels

They show vacation rentals there but only if your VR is already listed in an OTA that Google Hotel Search integrates with. We (OwnerRez) have looked into integrating with Google Hotels directly but they only worked with known OTAs that have access to certain travel agency software/specs. Booking.com and Expedia both integrate, so if you're on those, your VR's will show up in Google Hotel Search.

BlueMtnCabins
Mar 27, 2019 11:19 AM
Joined Jun, 2016 1034 posts

I thought this was different maybe,, Yes my VRs shows up with some slider with dates and number of people ( maybe because I am on Booking) but clicking on those does nothing.. Just says 'see website"

Paul W
Mar 27, 2019 11:40 AM
OR Team Member Joined Jun, 2009 717 posts

Could be something else but I can't find it by googling. If anyone knows, drop a link. We'd be happy to look into it. That'd be great to get another major player in the mix.

JTVRs
Mar 27, 2019 1:01 PM
Joined Jun, 2018 385 posts

Ebay has a minor presence in vacation rentals. Just spent a few minutes last week looking. There seems to be B&B, hotel, and VR variations

For example:

https://www.ebay.com/b/Vacation-Rental-Travel-Lodging/16123/bn_18947656

Not get as far as how everything hooks to booking, paying, website, etc...

Tim K
Mar 27, 2019 8:51 PM
Joined Jul, 2017 39 posts

Yes and No. As pointed out, SOME VR's listed on Booking, VRBO, etc will appear with links to book through those sites. Also, some VRs will appear with no pricing or booking links. This has nothing to do with categories we can choose on our Google Business pages, rather it appears to me to be some kind of mis-labeling by Google. These VR's all seem to be categorized as "hotels" based on the business information listed. Either way, Google hasn't truly started to roll out VR search. They are just sprinkling VRs into their hotel search results.