It was announced last week that AirBnB are teaming up with channel manager SiteMinder to create an easy way for hotels to sell their inventory on the site. This is pretty cool news!
Many hostels are already listed on AirBnB, and the interface has always been pretty difficult. For example, we have had to create multiple listings for each dormitory in order to show up with availability for more than one bed. Hotels would face the same challenge to sell their inventory within each room type instead of listing each room separately.
Until the new connection launches in March 2018 we won’t know exactly how it will work for hostels. There are enough hostels using SiteMinder that we should be able to get an idea though. (And if you’re using SiteMinder, please test this and let us know how the platform works for you!)
Any kind of property is welcome to link up, but hostels may actually have an advantage over big hotels on AirBnB.
Quote from the article Airbnb officially opens up platform to hotel distribution:
Airbnb says it will retain a level of quality control over the properties coming down the distribution pipe from SiteMinder -- meaning they will have to meet certain criteria such as unique design characteristics, inclusion of local influences, access to common gathering spaces and high-quality photography on their content pages.
The company also wants to include properties that offer local tours, use local produce and beverages.
Airbnb is expected to allow chain hotels to participate in the program but is pushing the "unique experience" angle from those it wants to list on the site.
Hostels that don’t use SiteMinder, won’t be left out either. SiteMinder is just the first channel manager that AirBnB plan to partner with for hotel distribution, but this is a non-exclusive deal and there are more partnerships in the pipeline.
AirBnB said that hosts would not need to sign contracts, and the commission would be 3-5% compared to the 15-30% charged by other OTAs.