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Calendar Import/Export - Vrbo guide

Our Channel Management feature is extremely powerful and can greatly simplify your channel advertising. Learn how it works by reading our Channel Management overview article.  A core part of our Channel Management is the Calendar Import/Export process which keeps your OwnerRez calendar in sync with channel calendars.

This article provides a walk-through guide for configuring calendar import/export for Vrbo.  You need a calendar import and export for Vrbo, so make sure to configure both.

Importing calendar from Vrbo

Go to Vrbo and log into the Owner Dashboard.  Click on the Calendars menu in the left sidebar and select Reservations.

At the top right, use the property selector to select the property you want to work on.

Once the calendar loads for the correct property, click the Import/Export arrow button and select the "Export Calendar" option.

In the resulting window that opens, you do not want Tentative reservations being included.  Then select the Copy URL button.

In OwnerRez, open the same property and go to the Calendars tab.

Under the Calendar Import tab, click "+ Import Calendar" and paste the export calendar you just copied from Vrbo in the URL field. By default, the Listing Site and Name fields should fill into Vrbo.

Choose "Bookings Only" for Import Events.  The channels can create "ghost" bookings as guests start, but don't finish, the booking process (abandoned shopping carts).  The "Bookings Only" option prevents those from mistakenly blocking your calendar.

If this is the first time you are importing this calendar, check the "Include Past Events" checkbox so you'll have history of old bookings. You should not need to change any of the other default settings on the page.

Click Save at the bottom to finish.

If you have any questions about the other settings on the calendar import page, read our general overview on configuring calendar imports or consult the Common Issues & Questions support article.

Exporting calendar to Vrbo

Exporting the OwnerRez iCal from your OR account into Vrbo allows OwnerRez to keep your Vrbo calendar up-to-date and helps you avoid double bookings.

Before going to your Vrbo account, make sure you have the OwnerRez export iCal for the property you'd like to connect. Go into OwnerRez and go to Settings > Channels > Calendar Import/Export and click the Export tab.  A list of your OwnerRez properties will show with an export link next to each one. Click the Copy button to the right of the Export URL you need to use.

In another tab, go to Vrbo and log into the owner control panel.  Click on the Calendars menu in the left sidebar and select Reservations.

At the top right, use the property selector to select the property you want to work on.

Once the calendar loads for the correct property, click the up/down arrow button and select the "Import Calendar" option.

In the resulting window that opens, type in "OwnerRez iCal" in the Name box.  In the Calendar URL box, paste the Export URL  you just copied from your OnwerRez account. Then click the Import Calendar button.

Repeat these steps for EACH of your Vrbo channel listings, making sure to use the OwnerRez Export URL that's specific to each property.

If you have any questions about calendar exporting, read our general overview on configuring calendar exports or consult the Common Issues & Questions support article.