Most of us regular travellers have our favourite booking site that we go to as our first port of call. More recently, you have probably browsed two before making your decision due to the rise of the sharing economy. AirBnB is the most famous of the platform. They connect property owners who rent out their room or whole house to holiday makers and business travellers. The chance to stay in unique, quirky or larger accommodation is appealing to many.
We stumbled across a brand new site that combines a hotel booking site with the sharing economy offering on one platform: Gomingo.com. The key unique feature is being able to see both sides of the accommodation market in a unified search result listing. This is going to be even more helpful in months and years to come since “traditional” hotel chains move in to more flexible room, apartment and house offerings to compete with the likes of AirBnB hosts.
First of all, Gomingo is likely to be popular with accommodation owners because it has a fixed 10% fee on bookings. Additionally, guests are vetted by taking payment at the time of booking through their secure system. And early adopters are able to get a 6 month grace period of no fees; get in touch with them to get more details. A few hundred accommodation providers signed up before the February 2018 launch! And we expect this number to grow quickly once awareness grows. Giving control back to the hosts will, they say, set them apart from the crowd now and in the future.
As with AirBnB, travellers and hosts can communicate through the online platform to make arrange arrival times and ask any questions you see fit. This is a personal touch that many travellers have come to expect. Potential hotel and apartment bookers can see in-depth profiles, amenities, pictures and reviews. These can help you make a decision when comparing properties.
The website itself is clean and easy to navigate with the search results offering up the most extensive filters we have seen on a directory! All new marketplaces face a chicken and egg dilemma; consumers will bring the hoteliers and vice versa. The early signs are that this is a company that will manage to break through and take a foothold in the accommodation booking market.