HomeExchange has announced the launch of a programme dedicated to small-accommodation providers, such as bed and breakfasts, guesthouses, inns and boutique hotels.
The new engine will allow these hoteliers to optimise their empty rooms by offering them for exchange on HomeExchange.com.
This then in turn means that owners themselves can stay for free in over 65,000 properties listed on the website.
Hoteliers are invited to register on the site for an annual fee and by joining they commit to the concept of exchange: trading empty rooms for simultaneous and non-simultaneous stays in exchange partner homes and properties.
Owners have the same opportunities as homeowners to accept and refuse exchange proposals, and suggest dates.
In contrast to private homeowner listings, professional members may choose to include property website addresses in their listings.
This allows HomeExchange members to find and reserve as paying guests as well – in high season, for example.
In these cases, all financial transactions take place directly with the accommodation provider, as HomeExchange never gets involved in paid bookings.
“We started talking to B&B and boutique hotel owners who had spontaneously registered on HomeExchange.com and realised there was a strong demand. Unoccupied rooms are great opportunities to exchange with both private homeowners and professional peers,” explains William Heinzer, european director at HomeExchange.
“Our mission remains to facilitate exchanges. In no way are we moving towards rentals. We’re simply bringing our community quality exchange offers where they will be warmly welcomed and providing professionals with a unique tool to utilise unsold inventory. Everyone wins.”