OTA: Online travel agencies(HomeAway,VRBO etc...

I have had many guests who have booked with OTA's, these are the Goliath online reservation companies that have taken ahold of the vacation rental market. At first, they were quite helpful, getting our property online and visible. Now, times have changed. They have added fee's to both the guest and host, just because they can. They have completely restricted the ability for guests to speak to hosts before making a booking, and now even demand that all payments are made to the OTA.

I personally, have had ENOUGH! I am a small business owner and no longer will I or our guests be subject to their ridiculous new rules. I will be leaving all OTA's by April/2018 and will book my cottages online via our website, which has been showing up on Google search pages. There is NO reason that a guest should not have the ability to speak to a host manager before making a booking. None! On February 7th, I will be joining a Twitter movement called: #bookdirect The organizer hopes to get as many users to tweet with this hashtag to get the attention of the media. I most definately will be joining them and I invite you to join us in an effort to stop the madness and tell these corporate behemoths enough is enough. Sorry for the long blog, its just SO important. GD

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