Vancouver, BC (PRWEB) October 25, 2006 –-
AlluraDirect.com, the Internet’s funkiest and most horribly dense website for ski resort vacation rentals, has expanded their empire right across Canada.
Serviced destinations in British Columbia now include Whistler, Sun Peaks, Big White, Fernie, Silver Star, Red Mountain, Kicking Horse and Panorama. In an even bolder business initiative, they have blasted outside their BC borders and infiltrated Ski Magazine’s #1 rated Eastern North American ski resort, Mont Tremblant in Quebec.
AlluraDirect.com is a controversial, commission-free vacation rentals search engine that connects travelers with independent vacation property owners and small accommodation suppliers through an easy time-saving online alternative to large reservation portals. It enables guests to search and find what they want within minutes and book instantly online. The site helps travelers and renters have more fun and save more money through the elimination of middle agent booking portals. It's not surprising they enjoy more independence and freedom in booking their rentals.
AlluraDirect.com also offers extensive marketing, web-based rental management software, consulting and customer support services to accommodation suppliers for an all-inclusive annual fee. Consequently, reservation intermediaries and their fees are mercilessly ripped out of the lodging supply chain, allowing consumers and accommodation suppliers to keep more of their money.
“It’s exciting to serve more mountain communities with our grassroots service," says CEO and AlluraDirect.com founder Sue Chappel. "The biggest thrill is bringing more freedom, independence and opportunity to local communities and businesses, their respective property homeowners and destination visitors.”
Ms. Chappel created the site in 1997 in response to financial difficulties with maintaining her own Whistler resort vacation home. AlluraDirect.com began with a few static pages with non-existent search features and no instant online bookings.
Over the last nine years and extensive product development, experimentation, failures and ultimate successes, AlluraDirect.com has become one of the largest self-catering accommodation providers in Whistler, Big White and Sun Peaks BC. With over 500 listings in Whistler alone, AlluraDirect.com’s Whistler group of independent accommodation suppliers are now the top-ranked resort’s largest vacation rental group.
AlluraDirect.com also lays claim to being the only owner-direct and small supplier direct lodging site in the world with instantly confirmed online bookings. “This feature was the hardest to convince current clients to support, but has become a major reason for their subsequent and superior reservation volume,” says Ms. Chappel. "The time and money saved with AlluraDirect.com’s online as well as the ease of corresponding with guests and transacting reservation payments are the biggest reasons owners have joined."
Yet AlluraDirect.com isn’t for everyone. The site asks property listing clients to sign a comprehensive accountability agreement to protect guests booking their properties and other listing account holders from negative experiences and bad word of mouth. Standards are kept even higher by offering live customer support for site users and owners until 11 p.m., seven days per week.
“We’re committed to building each destination by helping owners cut down on administration time and get more bookings. We also hope to foster more entrepreneurial opportunities for local community residents to service our property owner clients and their guests,” comments Kim Ayers, Owner Relations Consultant at AlluraDirect.com.
Now, AlluraDirect.com looks forward to welcoming property owners in the newly added destinations. They connect guests directly to accommodation suppliers while reducing middle agent costs and increasing value for everyone.
AlluraDirect.com is a private company dedicated to helping independent travelers and accommodation suppliers succeed online through grassroots destination communities.
Sue Chappel, CEO and founder