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Google Vacation Rentals Connectivity Partner

Status: Released 370 Votes
Shawn H
Mar 13, 2024 10:41 AM
OR Team Member Joined Aug, 2021 206 posts

Hello all! We have some exciting news (that happens to coincide with Vacation Rental Week 2024). Google Vacation Rentals is now self-service for all users! We wanted to get the word out as soon as possible, but more details are coming in a Product Update blog post later this week. In the meantime, you can read on for a few details and use the links to the current support articles for more information.

We thank those who participated in the Private Beta to help us make it a robust integration!

Please note:

1. Once you turn on Google Vacation Rentals, it's a 2-3 week wait on the Google side before your listing(s) start showing up.

2. Users are no longer required to have an OwnerRez Hosted Website (premium feature) to use Google Vacation Rentals. If you turned on a Hosted Website just for GVR, you no longer need it, unless you want to keep it. Instead, we have released a "The OwnerRez global landing page" option under the Google Vacation Rentals API settings. Prospective guests will be sent to this new landing page where they can see the quote details of the dates they've selected; they can change any of those selections before they click "Book Now," which will send them to the current guest quote acceptance booking form. It will also show any branding you have set up under Theming. Here's a screenshot below of what it looks like, generally.

3. If you have a hosted website and want to use it, you can. You are not required to use the global landing page option.

Support article links:

Google Vacation Rentals Overview

Google Vacation Rentals Setup & Connecting

Google Vacation Rentals Common Issues & Questions

Ventura County V
Jun 16, 2023 4:12 PM
Joined Mar, 2022 119 posts

Thank you @Shawn H.  I know when I bought my Lexus the reason they did not have Google Auto integration was because Google wanted detailed information about all their customers, regardless of if they used that feature or not.  That's why I asked.  Since I go out of my way to block Google tracking (as well as all social media tracking) with a multi-tiered approach, it's something of great concern for me.  It's also something I use in my marketing and features prominently in my privacy policy.

Basecamp Resort
Jun 23, 2023 1:01 PM
Joined Jun, 2021 2 posts

Is there any update on the Google STR integration?  Last update was this would be live in June 2023.  Thank you!

Bryan W
Jun 23, 2023 1:13 PM
Joined Feb, 2023 2 posts

Last update was June 6 and reiterated that they do not publicly release timelines since they are dependent on Google. Subscribe to the thread and you'll get notified of any updates when they are posted rather than having to check in here and ask.

tdblanchard
Jul 6, 2023 8:32 AM
Joined Oct, 2020 10 posts

Looks like Hostaway beat you to it!

Lisa S
Jul 6, 2023 10:05 AM
Joined Aug, 2019 4 posts

They sure did! Hostaway went live with this several weeks ago. OwnerRez is diligently working on this too and will deliver it to us in top notch quality as always.

Derek d
Jul 6, 2023 10:23 AM
Joined Jan, 2019 10 posts

Ouch! Come on...

Kim P
Jul 6, 2023 11:12 AM
Joined Dec, 2021 8 posts

I sure hope they get this and others set up - with the economy and competition I need to be listed in as many places as I can.  I love OwnerRez but honestly am looking at other PMS that are compatible with Google, Expedida, Glamping Hub, Lodge Lovers, and others

BlueMtnCabins
Jul 6, 2023 11:24 AM
Joined Jun, 2016 1115 posts

Glamping Hub - 0 bookings in YEARS, disconnected; Expedia - Vrbo already lists your property on Expedia. 

Kim P
Jul 6, 2023 11:50 AM
Joined Dec, 2021 8 posts

We're in an area that has quite a few Glamping sites and that is our niche' so we're seeing more activity on this site.  I'm on Vrbo but I don't come up on Expedia.  I have friends with similar properties (11 cabins on 1 site) that are encouraging me to move to RezNexus.  I've been resisting with the hope OwnerRez gets these sites connected but really struggling to wait much longer. 

Ginny M
Jul 6, 2023 11:56 AM
Joined Apr, 2021 13 posts

Many of us are “watching” this topic for official updates on Google Vacation Rentals. This means that every response and discussion gets sends a notification. There are great discussions going on on social media (unofficial Ownerrez group etc) where you can discuss these things all you want but it would be nice to keep this to significant discussions and updates on the topic. Thanks. 

Shawn H
Jul 6, 2023 10:27 PM
OR Team Member Joined Aug, 2021 206 posts

Here's an official update! Please be assured that the Google Vacation Rentals integration is our number one channel priority and it has been for months. The certification and testing process is complicated and we're working to get things right from the start. Many OwnerRez users will be signing up to use Google Vacation Rentals so we need it to handle the demand as well as our API connections to Airbnb and Vrbo do. Our competitors rushed to get their GVR integration out and are now paying for it on the backend.

Here's a sneak peek though of how close we're getting - this is an actual property listing that is pushed via OwnerRez to Google Vacation Rentals as part of our testing:

While it looks complete, it's not yet. But we do see the light at the end of the tunnel. So more to come, sooner rather than later.

P.S. You may have seen over on our Blog, since the beginning of 2023, many other partnership integration announcements (e.g. Wheelhouse, Turno, Breezeway, Minut, Lynx, Nofie), but please note, those companies are integrating to OwnerRez and have worked many weeks and months to do so with their own resources.

Thanks again for your understanding during this process!

Suites in the Lo
Jul 6, 2023 10:53 PM
Joined Sep, 2021 4 posts

You must be fairly close to releasing since the Google Vacation support page lists OR as a partner:  https://support.google.com/hotelprices/answer/11946834?sjid=5597856890078738643-NA

Ventura County V
Jul 7, 2023 11:36 AM
Joined Mar, 2022 119 posts

Thanks for the update and for not rushing it.  Nothing is worse than having a long-awaited feature only to have problem, after problem, using it.

GSM Properties
Jul 14, 2023 3:13 PM
Joined Oct, 2022 5 posts

This is exciting. Thanks for the update.

bluedoormaui
Jul 22, 2023 6:11 PM
Joined Oct, 2019 1 post

Hi all,

I'm late to the party here, but recently learned of Google Vacation Rentals... my question is, is it best to apply to become part of GVR now, or do we wait until OR has finished the integration and then connect via OwnerRez?  I apologize if I'm way off or if this has been answered already.  

Staci G
Aug 9, 2023 4:07 PM
Joined Jul, 2022 1 post

When it's finished will us host need to set anything up or will it be automatic? Really excited for this new feature!

Colin B
Aug 9, 2023 4:27 PM
Joined Mar, 2022 16 posts

Me too. Was supposed to be early 23 wasnt it?

I spy early 24 coming along

Shawn H
Aug 11, 2023 8:54 PM
OR Team Member Joined Aug, 2021 206 posts

It will be an API Integration that you turn on (like all other channel API connections).

This work has taken longer than we all wanted it to and it will be released as soon as it can! Last week's product update blog post provided an update on the timeline.

Maarten H
Sep 5, 2023 12:07 PM
Joined Jul, 2022 18 posts

This decentralized newcomer already has the integration with Google....

https://dtravel.com/blog/grow-direct-booking-site-traffic-with-google-vacation-rentals/

 

Paul H
Sep 6, 2023 6:24 PM
OR Team Member Joined Oct, 2019 283 posts

You can find all the official Google’s Vacation Rentals partners here:

https://support.google.com/hotelprices/answer/11946834?sjid=14697690948175102211-NA

You'll find OwnerRez is on this list. Our integration is currently in private beta to ensure we work out any bugs before releasing this to everyone. We are very excited about this integration and will have a big announcement once it is ready for all OwnerRez users.