LONDON—Eviivo, an online booking specialist for independent hotels and bed and breakfasts has acquired software tools, RezOvation and Webervations, owned by BedandBreakfast.com, a HomeAway brand and part of Expedia Group.
The acquisition will give customers of these travel management tools access to Eviivo’s booking management platform.The company will accelerate its entrance into the U.S. and Canada, through acquisition of established brands, with an existing customer base of innkeepers and accommodation providers.
Additionally, RezOvation and Webervations customers will continue to work closely with HomeAway and Expedia Group to market their properties, thanks to Eviivo’s status as an existing preferred partner of both channels, and benefit from direct connection to new distribution partners, according to the company.
As a result of the deal, Eviivo will launch an upgraded version of Eviivo suite, its booking and channel management platform, for the North American market, including improved features for RezOvation and Webervations customers. The platform is used by more than 12,000 independent accommodation providers worldwide, and provides a simple way to manage guests, bookings and travel agencies.
Existing Webervations and RezOvation customers will be able to register for an upgrade of services beginning Oct. 20, and the company expects to complete the upgrade program by early 2019. All customers will be contacted individually in the coming weeks and invited to an introduction session, followed by a scheduled roll-out and webinar training program.
“Eviivo has been a partner of Expedia Group’s for many years, so this is another building block in a great relationship,” said Michele Fitzpatrick, Eviivo CEO. “We were first to market a full content API with Expedia Group, and have launched innovative on-boarding processes and technologies together. We believe that Eviivo suite will prove to be an excellent fit to the needs of Webervations and RezOvation customers, whilst deep integration with all major travel brands will help them increase their booking volumes.”
“HomeAway is the place to book cabins, beach homes, condos and everything in between, and software and tools for innkeeper customers represent a small part of our overall business,” said Ryan Hutchings, general manager of BedandBreakfast.com. “Eviivo are uniquely focused on bed and breakfasts, innkeepers, small hotels and independent hosts, and understand their needs deeply, making Eviivo suite the ideal partner for Webervations and RezOvation users. This transaction will help us focus on helping travelers find the perfect place to stay for every trip, and generate more bookings for innkeepers, owners and managers, across our many vacation rental brands.”