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Many people across the vacation rental industry are feeling the impact of the recent Coronavirus outbreak. Our number one priority is the health and wellbeing of all of our customers, our team and their families. Our thoughts are with those who have been affected.
As travel restrictions start to ease, TravelNest continues to closely monitor the situation regarding Coronavirus (COVID-19). We appreciate that our customers will be looking for information about their bookings, cancellations and payments at this time. As the situation continues to evolve, we are dealing with a high volume of calls and emails to our Customer Experience Team and are dealing with these as quickly as possible. We will contact you by email to let you know about any changes we will take on your behalf.
We have provided as much information as we are currently able to in our FAQs below, based on the latest information from the Government and directly from our channel partners. As the advice and direction from the Government and our channel partners changes, we will continue to monitor and update this page with the latest information as necessary.
We appreciate your patience and are here to support you during this time.
The TravelNest Team
Get expert advice and tips from the TravelNest team to help you cope with the impact of Coronavirus on your vacation rental and plan for future success.
Following recent Government announcements to relax travel restrictions, we are delighted to let you know that calendars are now open for bookings from 3rd July 2020.
Your calendar is now open, and your property is available for guests to book from 3rd July onwards. If for any reason, you wish to continue blocking your calendar after this date, login to your account and update your availability. Our help guide explains how to do this.
You don’t need to take any action in your TravelNest account such as blocking dates or removing channels etc.
TravelNest will automatically open calendars for bookings from 3rd July 2020 onwards for all properties in the UK and Ireland. Where you can take action is updating your pricing to extend into 2021. Guests are booking ahead into 2021, so having your property priced beyond 2020 will increase your ability to attract future bookings.
To update your pricing we have the following help guide.
Please be aware that we are currently experiencing exceptionally high volumes of calls and emails to our Customer Experience Team. Wherever possible, we ask that you refer to our customer help guides for more information. Our team will prioritise communication with owners and guests with bookings due to arrive between now and 3rd July 2020. If your enquiry is specifically related to a booking, please contact email@example.com.
If you still need to contact us in relation to other matters please do so via email at firstname.lastname@example.org and our team will get back to you as soon as we can.
There are a number of steps you can take now to protect the financial health of your vacation rental business.
1. Talk to your bank and request a mortgage payment holiday
If you own the vacation rental property, you may be eligible for a payment holiday that will give you some financial breathing space. This means you’ll pay nothing for a fixed period of time, however you would still accrue interest on the amount owed. Contact your mortgage supplier for more details.
2. Get in touch with your Insurance Company
Check with your Insurance Company if your company is protected for loss of earnings due to COVID-19 or Coronavirus. Read the policy carefully, to supplement the information from insurance companies.
3. Refer to the latest UK Government advice
The UK Government has created a range of support measures for businesses affected by COVID-19. You can read the latest information on business support here.
For owners with properties based in Scotland, the Scottish Government has announced support measures for businesses and the self-employed. More details can be found here.
Information from our partners regarding cancellations during the Coronavirus outbreak can be found in our customer help guide.
We recommend getting your listings in the best possible shape for when bookings start to pick up. We have developed a range of customer help guides to help you improve every aspect of your listings.
Airbnb has recently announced a support package to help hosts impacted by cancellations due to Coronavirus COVID-19. This will cover properties booked on or before 15th March 2020, with a check-in date between 15th March 2020 and 31st May 2020.
Airbnb will be paying 25% of what you would have received for a cancellation if the guest has now received a full refund as a result of the Coronavirus.
Please note that bookings with check-in dates after 31st May 2020 are not covered by this support scheme. If travel continues to be disrupted, Airbnb’s Extenuating Circumstances policy may cover June reservations that were booked before 15th March 2020.
We are currently in discussions with Airbnb to determine the specifics of how this will work, and expect to receive details about affected owners and bookings in the first week of May. Please be assured that we will pass back 100% of any funds we receive from Airbnb on your behalf to you as soon as possible. Once we have full details from Airbnb, we will contact affected owners to confirm how we will process any payouts due on your behalf.
If your vacation rental property is located in Ireland, Spain, France or Italy, we recommend that you refer to the latest Government guidelines: