Just You launches travel trade solo experience

Just You launches travel trade solo experience

Friday, 21 October 2016 14:00

Just You h...

Spontaneous people are happier according to Snaptrip survey

Spontaneous people are happier according…

Friday, 21 October 2016 11:00

Spontaneous people are often believed to lead more exciting or glamorous lifestyles and a new study has confirmed that they are happier in all aspects of their lives.

Top Brighton attractions on Combi-Saver tickets for half term

Top Brighton attractions on Combi-Saver …

Friday, 21 October 2016 09:00

Visitors to Brighton this October half term can save up to 20% on its top three paid-for attractions with combination tickets now available for British Airways i360, SEA LIFE Brighton...

Free cabin upgrades with Cosmos Tours

Free cabin upgrades with Cosmos Tours

Thursday, 20 October 2016 14:00

There still’s time for agents to book a Croisieurope river cruise for their customers with a free cabin upgrade on a range of river cruises throughout Europe, when booked with...

Last minute autumn breaks available at Haven

Last minute autumn breaks available at H…

Thursday, 20 October 2016 11:00

Agents can still give their customers a last minute family break this autumn from £99 when booking a Haven holiday between now and November 5.

Skiers urged to head east for best piste costs reveals new report

Skiers urged to head east for best piste…

Thursday, 20 October 2016 08:00

Cash-conscious skiers can avoid the slippery slope of higher prices for their annual downhill trip by heading to ski resorts in Eastern Europe.

Design an anniversary poster for DFDS competition

Design an anniversary poster for DFDS co…

Wednesday, 19 October 2016 14:00

Ferry operator, DFDS, is putting out a call to professional and amateur artists to create a poster that will be used in their 150th anniversary celebrations this year.

Savings on worldwide adventures with Explore

Savings on worldwide adventures with Exp…

Wednesday, 19 October 2016 11:00

Explore has launched a new collection of worldwide adventures with a launch offer of up to 10% discount on all new trips booked by November 7.

New route to Seattle makes it one to watch for 2017

New route to Seattle makes it one to wat…

Wednesday, 19 October 2016 09:12

Seattle is expected to be one of the fastest growing US destinations for UK travellers next year with a Virgin Atlantic direct non-stop daily flight launching March 2017, new hotel...

Air Transat launches 2017 programme with increased connections across Canada

Air Transat launches 2017 programme with…

Tuesday, 18 October 2016 14:04

Air Transat has expanded its programme of flights from the UK to Canada with increased capacity and connections for travel in 2017.

Oceania Cruises reduces single supplement fares

Oceania Cruises reduces single supplemen…

Tuesday, 18 October 2016 14:02

Oceania Cruises has launched a reduced single supplement promotion for solo travellers, with guests offered single supplements fares from 25% on seven itineraries, booked before December 31.

Mall of America welcomes arrival of MythBusters

Mall of America welcomes arrival of Myth…

Tuesday, 18 October 2016 14:00

Running throughout autumn until January 15, 2017, visitors can ignite their curiosity and discover whether they can really huff and puff to blow a house down; if running in the...

Emirates to launch new daily service to Fort Lauderdale

Emirates to launch new daily service to …

Monday, 17 October 2016 11:00

Emirates has announced that it will launch a daily service between Dubai and Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport, on December 15, serving the South Florida area, including Fort Lauderdale, Miami and...

New tours in UK & Europe from Back-Roads Touring

New tours in UK & Europe from Back-R…

Monday, 17 October 2016 08:42

Small group tour specialist Back-Roads Touring has launched its summer 2017 brochure to reveal a unique line up of new itineraries in Switzerland, Scandinavia, the Baltics, France, Iberia and Russia.

Star studded cruise line up from CMV in 2017

Star studded cruise line up from CMV in …

Friday, 14 October 2016 10:16

Cruise & Maritime Voyages has announced five star-studded cruises for 2017 following the arrival of its new main brochure.

Non-stop flights to Manchester from SIA

Non-stop flights to Manchester from SIA

Friday, 14 October 2016 10:11

Singapore Airlines will fly non-stop between Singapore and Manchester from October 30 as part of its northern winter schedule.

In the travel industry we often hear how competition from challenger brands is shaking up the market and that travel agents need to compete against each other to ‘stay ahead of the game’. If you don’t outshine your competition, you’ll be left behind. Right?

Yes, of course travel agents, particularly small independents, need to ensure their offering is strong enough to appeal to holidaymakers and prevent potential customers going to another company to book their holiday property rental.

But, with the increase in popularity of peer-to-peer marketplaces such as Airbnb, HomeAway and HolidayLettings, are travel agents mistaken in seeing each other as a threat? What if we’ve got it the wrong way around?

In the booming short-term rental industry, agents could be shooting themselves in the foot by treating other agency professionals as ‘the enemy’. The holiday and business rentals market is no longer as difficult for travel agents to take advantage of as it has been historically. The perceived ‘gap in the market’ for fully managed leisure and business property rentals has been filled. For the first time, rental properties are available to book in real-time through travel agents.

This is a huge opportunity for agents to go up against big brands such as Airbnb who have, until now, dominated the market. Yet, it is also an enormous challenge. Customers know they can quickly and easily search for a property, check for opinions on a review site, book and pay instantly on the large peer-to-peer marketplaces – so these will be front-of-mind when considering a holiday property rental.

When I created RentalsCombined.net as an industry-changing solution for travel agents, I knew it would revolutionise the global holiday and business rentals market. The platform empowers travel agents, turning them into our marketeers with a tool to facilitate 100% confidence in the properties they book for their clients. With this powerful live booking tool at their disposal, a whole new type of service can be offered to their clients. But customers need to hear about it.

That’s where collaboration comes in. There’s more strength in a collective message; travel agents need to work together as an industry to get the message out that they can now meet the changing demands of their customers by arranging stays in short-term rentals worldwide at similar (and often better!) pricing to marketplaces such as Airbnb.

Individual agencies will benefit in the long run if they see themselves as part of a community of expert travel agent professionals working together to win back a slice of that marketplace. By working together as a united community, agents can have a louder voice which will enable them to take on the sharing economy, rather than being overshadowed by it.

With this in mind, is it time for travel industry professionals to re-consider how they view their competition?

For further information visit rentalscombined.net

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