Hotels

Google adds vacation rentals to its evolving hotel platform

Christian Fleetwood

Christian Fleetwood

Just weeks after announcing its first foray into the hotel space, Google has expanded into alternative accommodations.

The tech giant’s next venture, currently only available for mobile, will push Google Hotel Search into the hotel rentals space, including a greater expansion of its vacation rentals, which have been available in hotel searches since 2018.

The company will now add more options in the vacation rentals space, potentially putting the tech giant in competition with Airbnb – a company that banks on alternative, user-run accommodations and mobile bookings.

Announced on Tuesday, the tech company revealed that the move would also allow mobile users to book entire lodgings, with the emphasis on enabling travellers to make “fast, effortless decisions”.

“In the hotel search experience, you can surface vacation rental properties – be it a cabin in Lake Tahoe or a beach house in Sydney– by applying the vacation rentals filter or clicking on the vacation rentals tip,” Google’s travel product manager, Pratip Banerji, said.

“You can narrow your search with price and amenity filters, plus browse photos, read reviews and see rates and availability of the vacation rental property. When you’re ready to book, click ‘Book’ to complete your transaction on the travel partner’s page. All property information and bookings are provided and done by the travel partner.”

The company is on the path to making its Google Hotel Search a hub for bookings, with the news its vacation rentals platform will be pooled by a wealth of booking partners, including Expedia, HomeAway, Hotels.com, NextPax, RedAwning, Rentals United, TripAdvisor, VRBO and more.

In this respect, users will have the ability to search and assess from a number of booking options, then make informed booking choices – all on a single search platform. When combined with Google’s suite of search technologies like Google Trends and Google Flights, it’s a pretty powerful and accessible way to make bookings.

Google plans to bring its vacation rental tool to desktop within the next month.


SEE WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING

Leave a Reply

Aviation

“My heart palpitated”: Influencer raises $83,000 tip for airport pianist

A kind stranger raised a whopping amount of money for a pianist who spends his days tinkling the ivories and raising spirits at an international airport.

Share

CommentComments

Destinations

Experts warn of yet another Sydney lockdown extension, as Tasmania reopens to Victoria and SA

We’ve coupled the good with the bad in this domestic travel update, but we won’t judge if you only choose to read the positive stuff.

Share

CommentComments

Travel Agents

“The product of travel has lost its value”: AFTA chair pens letter to ScoMo

Tom Wanwaring has his handwriting down pat after penning a letter to the PM. Travel Weekly understands he opted for a felt tip and even sealed it with a custom wax stamp.

Share

CommentComments

Aviation

Qantas to host frequent flyer “point-bidding frenzy” for exclusive experiences

The airline will host a series of auctions so its frequent flyers can use up the points they’ve been hoarding since the start of the pandemic.

Share

CommentComments

Cruise

NCL returns to cruising after 500-day pause

Harry Sommer and Ben Angell have given each other a big virtual high five, after the cruise line commemorated its return to the water by making a little bit of history in the process.

Share

CommentComments

Hotels

Baillie Lodges snaps up luxe Barossa Valley property

The company has expanded its portfolio with the addition of this gem in the middle of South Australia’s wine region. They had us at wine.

Share

CommentComments

Technology

IATA Travel Pass the “green light” to fly internationally with Qantas and Jetstar

After trialling and testing a number of potential solutions, the Qantas Group has revealed what Aussies will need to get outta here and overseas.

Share

CommentComments

Travel Agents

Travel demand “to return with a vengeance”, says Flight Centre’s Aussie boss

Kelly Spencer and her team at Flight Centre all have their catching mitts on in anticipation of an aggressive travel bounce-back.

Share

CommentComments

Cruise

Aurora Expeditions’ partnership with Virtuoso goes global

Aurora Expeditions CEO Monique Ponfoort is doing the happy dance after securing a global deal with the luxe travel network.

Share

CommentComments

Hotels

Marriott appoints four first-time GMs for signature Aussie hotels

It’s all looking very peachy over at Marriott, with the hotel giant’s career development program bearing fruit in the form of four new GMs.

Share

CommentComments

Destinations

Queensland channels Van Morrison in new $2.4m tourism campaign

Does “Van the Man” feature heavily in your Spotify playlists? Well, we guarantee you’ll be bopping along to this new campaign from TEQ.

Share

CommentComments

Technology

New marketplace lets travel agents avoid GDS surcharges (and keep incentives)

This article is all about GDS, the NDC and LCCs. If all of those acronyms have gone right over your head, we suggest skipping to the next story.

Share

CommentComments