By Ardalan Zandian on July 30, 2013 at 3:11 AM
Frontdesk Anywhere has extended their leading hotel reservation system platform to vacation rental and short term stay operators via their ZenRentals platform. Tripping.com, the largest vacation rental metasearch site with over 850,000 rentals in 36,000 cities, is the first vacation rental site to integrate the ZenRentals platform and provide their users with the widest selection of unique accommodations from around the world.
Tripping provides a consumer platform where ZenRentals listings can be booked instantly - just like a hotel room. Frontdesk Anywhere's hotel management system, online distribution and booking technology is thus narrowing the gap between how hotels and vacation rentals operate.
"The vacation rentals industry is years behind hotels online, but it's catching up quickly. What we're doing is facilitating, and accelerating the convergence of these two industries while providing a better all round guest experience" said Frontdesk Anywhere's cofounder Thomas Lyle.
Embedding Frontdesk Anywhere technology into Tripping not only provides a better user experience with Instabook capabilities but from the property owner's perspective it also adds peace of mind with optional verified background checks on guests. Listings are distributed as ZenRentals on Tripping.com and Frontdesk Anywhere customers can list and sell at substantially lower commission rates than that of online travel agencies such as the OTAs or the GDS. And for those already using Frontdesk Anywhere's channel manager, all bookings will be synced in real time, so there's no double bookings or confusion regarding room availability.
"We're thrilled to be working with Frontdesk Anywhere," said Jen O'Neal, Tripping's CEO. "Instant bookings are the future of the industry and we're pleased to offer ZenRentals listings on Tripping."
Frontdesk Anywhere cofounder Joe Kiernan added: "This was a natural partnership for us. Our vision of the future and the convergence of the vacation rental and hotel industry has our companies perfectly aligned. We're excited to have our ZenRentals listings distributed across Tripping.com. Tripping.com is by far the largest metasearch platform in this space and it's going to be great for our Frontdesk Anywhere customers to distribute their inventory across what people are calling the Kayak of Airbnb."
Tripping is a metasearch platform that gives travelers access to 850,000 vacation and short-term home rentals around the world. Travelers can use Tripping to easily compare the world's best home rentals by price, reviews, ratings and location. With rentals in over 36,000 cities, Tripping is the world's leading metasearch platform. Based in San Francisco, the company was founded by tech industry veterans from Expedia, Travelzoo and StubHub.
About Frontdesk Anywhere
Frontdesk Anywhere is a leading provider of innovative hotel reservation system software for independent properties. To date, over 1,000,000 hotel guests have had their stay managed with Frontdesk Anywhere — from the initial online booking process through arrival, onsite operations and checkout. The company is focused on converging processes traditionally performed by separate systems into a single all-in-one productivity application. All modules are seamlessly integrated within the application and accessible from any computer and most mobile devices. The company is a privately held corporation based in San Francisco, California.