By Ardalan Zandian on December 9, 2013 at 8:30 PM
Frontdesk Anywhere congratulates SafelyStay on its PhoCusWright’s general catalyst top travel innovation award showcasing its partnerships with Tripping, ZenRentals, and Travelport. SafelyStay won the $250,000 PhoCusWright Conference General Catalyst Award for Travel Innovation as the most innovative startup in travel last month. General Catalyst Partners funds the award that helps propel the most innovative start-ups. SafelyStay powers safe, instant vacation rental reservations for online travel agencies, vacation rental marketplaces and property managers.
SafelyStay’s CEO Andrew Bate provided a preview into the future of consumer vacation rental bookings, emphasizing the importance of providing convenience, security, and trust to consumers looking to book rentals. During his Innovation Summit presentation, Mr. Bate showcased the Atlanta-based startup’s novel two-way damage waiver protection, insurance, background check and identity verification process for both hosts and consumers who want to book vacation rentals instantly. “SafelyStay bridges the gap between hosts and consumers by acting as an intermediary,” said Mr. Bate. “We protect both parties while developing the trust needed to facilitate an instant booking online. Consumers can now book a vacation home the same way they would a hotel room.” Arguably even more impressive than the award is the simplicity, speed and ease of the booking process that SafelyStay enables. From start to finish, the process takes less than two minutes to complete. SafelyStay’s technology is currently integrated with ZenRentals.com, the vacation rental listing service by Frontdesk Anywhere that distributes its listings on Tripping.com, the largest metasearch site for vacation and short-term home rentals. “We’re overjoyed that our friends at SafelyStay beat out a tough crowd of competitors to win the top prize at the Phocuswright Conference” Frontdesk Anywhere CEO Thomas Lyle stated. “The average booking process for a vacation rental takes 9 days and SafelyStay drops that down to just a few minutes. We believe that the vacation rental market should be able to offer the same instant booking process that online hotel reservation systems offer their guests.” When complete strangers can trust one another in these peer-to-peer reservations, instant reservations and updated calendars become possible.
About SafelyStay: SafelyStay created the first dedicated clearinghouse for peer-to-peer vacation rentals and power instant reservations. Through a system of safeguards including identity verification, criminal checks, insurance and secure payments, SafelyStay provides trust and security to guests and homeowners.
About Frontdesk Anywhere: Frontdesk Anywhere is a leading provider of cloud-based hotel management system for independent hotels and property management groups. The company is focused on converging processes traditionally performed by separate systems into a single all-in-one productivity application accessible from any computer or mobile device.
About Tripping: Tripping is the leading metasearch site for vacation homes and short-term rentals offering over 1 million rentals across 36,000 cities worldwide. Travelers can use Tripping to easily compare the world's best home rentals by price, reviews, ratings and location. Based in San Francisco, the company was founded by tech industry veterans from Expedia, Travelzoo and StubHub.