A new business to business website has launched to help bridge the gap between travel agencies and the villa rental market.The subscribers only site has been launched by the International Association of Villa Rental Agents (IAVRA) to provide more transparency in the market and help travel agents expand the villa and chalet options available to customers.
Properties will be checked and verified before placing it on the site, including a Certificate of Appointments to ensure there is direct contact with the owner. Functions on the site include brochures, a guaranteed 10% commission, comparison tools and a search option. The site is the vision behind a group of travel professionals who found villa rental search to be fragmented and time-consuming, as well as unsecured for several customers. It is now looking to build the IAVRA network as a trusted and secure booking source.
“As the demand for private, customised holidays increases, so does the potential risk of falling victim to a villa rental scam. Hundreds of holidaymakers have lost thousands of pounds after booking villas which either did not exist or had their details unscrupulously copied from a legitimate website,” IAVRA said in its launch statement.
There are 1,800 short-term loan properties and40 villa agents currently on the site covering 39 countries.