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sodamo Contributor 260 posts since
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May 10, 2012 10:19 PM

Travel Rental Network ?

Anyone familiar with this organization? Any experience, good, bad, other? They also claim to work with travel agents.

 

http://travelrentalnetwork.com/about_us.php

 

Told me I can list for 349 cdn$ for 16 months.  Best part is I can advertise all three of my units on same ad. While not good for every owner it is good for me as all three units are on the same property and makes it easier for a traveler to compare or even choose more than one unit. I originally wanted to do this on VRBO, but apparently that "feature" is reserved for pm's and not owners.

 

David

  • mlbmaine Active Contributor 942 posts since
    Mar 2, 2012
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    May 11, 2012 12:33 PM (in response to sodamo)
    Re: Travel Rental Network ?

    I had not heard of them before.  I did a quick internet search and looked at their website, as you have done.  They are headquartered in Montreal and have a "partnership" with Flipkey/Travel Advisor for discounted rates if the property is listed on both sites.  TRN does not appear to have very many listings.  They only have 99 listings for the entire country of Canada.  In the part of Maine where my property is located, they only have one listing (VRBO has hundreds for this same area).  I think that potential renters will be drawn to sites that have more listings.  Also, as you mentioned, Travel Rental Network seems to target travel agents.  Personally, I want to deal directly with the potential renter so that I can screen them myself.  Advertising 3 units for $349 for 16 months is not a bad price, however.  It might be worth taking out an ad for one year and see how many rentals it generates.

  • dianeb New Member 7 posts since
    Jul 20, 2012
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    Dec 13, 2013 1:31 PM (in response to sodamo)
    Re: Travel Rental Network ?

    In July/August 2012  Travel Rental Network offered us a 2 year listing for $350. We thought the focus on travel agents would target a market not covered by HomeAway so we listed our Disney Florida villa with TRN.

    Unfortunately it has proved to be a complete waste of time and money. 

    For the period July 2012 to December 2013 we have received a grand total of 3 inquiries, all for dates that were already reserved via HomeAway.

     

    Here are the stats:

    HomeAway Dec 13 2013  Search for listings " Disney/Orlando area"   =   7,316 properties, 

    HomeAway  Inquires received  July 2012 - December 2013                        630  inquiries

     

    TRN   Search for listings   "Disney/Orlando area"                                      180 properties

    TRN  Inquiries Received July 2012- Dec 12 2013                                         3  inquiries

     

    You do the math!

    • evan Active Contributor 664 posts since
      Jan 12, 2013
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      Dec 13, 2013 1:38 PM (in response to dianeb)
      Re: Travel Rental Network ?

      you got 630 inquiries in about 15 months? you must do a lot of 2-3 day rentals. i got maybe 330 inquiries this yr on at least 12 k page  views

      • dianeb New Member 7 posts since
        Jul 20, 2012
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        Dec 13, 2013 2:32 PM (in response to evan)
        Re: Travel Rental Network ?

        July 2012 (17 months)  to date we show 11,199 views & 632 inquiries.

        No 2 or 3 night rentals. Our minimum rental period is 4 nights but we do not accept reservations for <7 nights if they create any gaps in our calendar. In general we don't accept any reservations that create a 2 or 3 night gap.

        We turn down quite a few inquiries but enjoy a very high occupancy rate thanks to great reviews we get from our guests.

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