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How to offer accommodation bookings on

To offer accommodation bookings on your business web listing, you have to be working with a web booking engine that is integrated with our website.

A web booking engine (or property management system), is a web-based system that allows you to accept bookings online, either through your own website or through a third-party booking website.

These systems offer administration and management facilities, allowing you to add room availability and prices.

Why use a web booking engine?

  • Availability simplified

    Maintain your room availability and pricing in one place

  • Searchable on our site

    Live room availability and pricing will be searchable on, and visible on your web listing

  • Appear in date searches

    Your business will appear when a visitor searches for accommodation with the date, and they can complete their reservation on the booking page

Selecting a Web Booking Engine

If you’re already working with one of our 14 providers, you’re ready to get started. If not, here are some questions to ask before you decide on the right provider.

-    Does the provider offer a booking engine for my sector?
-    Is there a setup fee, annual fee, or any other fees?
-    What are the rates of commission (if any)?
-    Do I need to host my website with the provider?
-    How is the booking system incorporated into my website?
-    What payment options can the provider offer visitors?  All major credit cards, or PayPal?
-    What customer support is available? Is it by phone/email/Livechat? What are support operating hours?

Take a look out providers’ websites for more information:

-    Beds24
-    Bookster
-    Discover Scotland
-    Eviivo
-    Freetobook
-    Hop Software
-    Hostelling Scotland
-    LovetoEscape
-    Private House Stays
-    Queensborough
-    Supercontrol
-    Vacation Rentals Scotland 

Once you are partnered with one of our providers, simply add the provider’s unique reference into the VisitScotland Extranet. Step-by-step instructions on how to do this are in the below download, and our Customer Services team are on hand to give you any support you require.

How to display accommodation availability on your web listing

Published July 2018

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