Holidu, a vacation rental booking portal, announces the signing of a strategic partnership between its subsidiary Bookiply, a platform specializing in the management of vacation rentals for owners, and Sportihome, the French sports and nature vacation rental company. based in Montpellier.
This partnership brings together the strength of multiple expertise – Bookiply and Holidu will provide the technological backbone of the Sportihome site, which will bring its knowledge of the French market and sports tourism – but also the love of sport of the founders of the two companies.
The goal of this strategic partnership is to make finding and booking sports vacation rentals as easy and reliable as possible. This unique association opens a new chapter in the vacation rental market in France with numerous advantages for hosts and customers, and will also allow the deployment of the Sportihome offer on a European scale.
This long-term partnership aims to help vacation rental individuals and professionals manage their reservations, providing them with the best tools and services to accelerate their growth.
Indeed, thanks to this integration, Sportihome hosts will benefit from increased visibility and numerous advantages in the management of their property. In particular, they will be able to:
● distribute their ad both on Sportihome and on the main reservation portals,
● sync all their calendars
● have centralized management of payment transactions
● benefit from an optimization service for their ads (description, price, discount, etc.), translation into 7 languages
● have access to free professional photos depending on the location of their rental.
Bookiply, a German company located in Munich, also relies on its teams based in Marseille, Rennes, Bordeaux, Lyon and Montpellier.
This partnership is all the more relevant as the love of sport is shared by the founders of Holidu and Sportihome.
Sylvain Morel, COO of Sportihome, explains : “Sports tourism is the fastest growing in the travel industry. More and more customers are interested in sports activities during their trip, whether they are the main objective of the stay or not. The main players in the vacation rental sector are therefore seeking to attract them. As part of this strategic partnership, we will bring our expertise in sports tourism to Bookiply and Holidu, particularly with regard to our guide to community spots, the sports categories of our accommodation and our partnerships with sports equipment manufacturers, and their support will allow us to deploy on a European scale. »
Fred Diaw, CEO of Sportihome complete : “Before being the founders of Sportihome, Sylvain and I are ourselves hosts who welcome nearly 300 travelers to our home each year. By launching Sportihome in 2017, our ambition was to create a solution that allows us to receive reservations from people with whom we share affinities around sporting passions so that the experience is more friendly and human. But as the volume of bookings increased, we saw more and more hosts having difficulty keeping their listings up to date on different platforms due to lack of time and complexity. For us, technology had to solve this in a simple and reliable way! It is in this spirit that the meeting took place with Johannes and Michael, and this very naturally since we share many common values, including in sport. Pooling our respective expertise through a long-term partnership quickly became obvious to us. Today, we are extremely proud to be able to offer our guests such a comprehensive solution and service with Bookiply and we hope that they will be able to use the time saved to do even more sport! »
Johannes Siebers, CEO of Holidu, also gives his point of view: “This partnership is also personally satisfying, because my brother Michael and I founded Holidu in 2014 during a surf trip while looking for a beach rental in Portugal. Sportihome’s knowledge of sports tourism will help us provide European travelers with the best and most innovative solution to make life easier for hosts and visitors. We are very pleased to join forces with the team to together build the European leader in booking sports vacation rentals.
In terms of sales and bookings, France is one of the most important and largest markets for Holidu, and our subsidiary Bookiply is also expanding very quickly there. Our Bookiply hosts say they are extremely happy with the product, and our accommodations get excellent ratings from our guests. »