CIO Villas Launches New Technology Platform to Assist With Vacation Rental Market Recovery After COVID-19
Focus on Travel Agent Partnerships to Revitalize Traveler Confidence and Increase Vacation Rental Bookings
South Dakota - May 6, 2020: CIO Villas and Vacation Rentals, a midwest based company, announced today that they will be launching a new travel agent portal that connects travel agents to vacation rental home inventory in real time, with instant reservation capability. This portal, ciovillas-portal.com, was created to bridge the gap between travel agents and vacation rental companies, and is the first of its kind in the vacation rental industry.
Melanie Haber, founder and CEO, explains that her inspiration for the portal began with her work as a travel agent herself. “There was nothing like our portal in the vacation rental industry - nothing dedicated 100% to travel agents, and I consistently saw agents needing a better way to navigate the vacation rental space. The demand was there, but the platform was not.” Haber believes that her insight into the vacation rental market from her experience as a travel industry professional, as well as her dedication to providing the best in class product exclusively to travel agents, will create the perfect synthesis to encourage travel agents to steer their customers towards a vacation rental stay in the months to come.
To expedite her company’s growth, Haber is working to ensure that any vacation rental management company that partners with CIO Villas and Vacation Rentals can do so with ease. With flexible terms and options, vacation rental company partners have “nothing to lose and everything to gain” by listing their inventory on her platform. CIO Villas currently charges no up front fees for partnership. “We are currently looking for new property management partners who want more exposure for their properties,” says Haber. The company has strategically structured the portal’s connectivity to easily interface with V12 and Escapia platforms and has already secured an exclusive HomeAway channel partnership.
The future is bright for both CIO Villas and Vacation Rentals and the travel industry. “I am hopeful for the months to come and I see our industry recovering and really utilizing the amazing resource of travel agents and advisors to build guest confidence in the vacation rental space.” Haber says. “This is our chance to shine - to grow this industry and to connect homeowners and management companies to agents, unlike ever done before.” She has plans for continued growth, and hopes to extend the portal to become a “one-stop shop” with connections to flights, car-rentals, and local attractions so travel agents can book a complete experience for their guests all with the ease of one site.
CIO Villas and Vacation Rentals was founded in January 2013 and is focused on vacation rental accommodations worldwide. For more about partnership opportunities or to list your property on the CIO Portal, please visit ciovillas.com