We believe that the travel industry is broken
NEW YORK (PRWEB) July 23, 2015
AllTheRooms today announced that it has become the first accommodations search engine to provide its users with access to CouchSurfing. In addition to this milestone, AllTheRooms is also the only accommodations search engine in the world to list all Airbnb listings. The company provides listings from over a hundred booking websites—listing the most highly-coveted luxurious vacation rentals right alongside roomshares and camping sites.
Founded in early 2014 by former Travelocity executive William Beckler and former Morgan Stanley banker Joseph DiTomaso, AllTheRooms is a startup with a concrete goal—to list every single available room in the world: from a hammock in Jamaica to a penthouse in Manhattan.
“We believe that the travel industry is broken,” said AllTheRooms co-founder William Beckler. “Rather than giving customers what they are looking for, most accommodations search sites think in terms of maximum profit per visitor. Instead of showing the user every available option, they show only the options that make them the most profit—drastically slowing down the already stressful booking process.” Since Couchsurfing shows over a million free options, Beckler believes other travel sites do not want their customers to see it.
According to AllTheRooms’ market research, today’s savvy traveler visits more than a dozen different sites before finding their ideal accommodations. They often first visit traditional hotel listings sites, then roomshare sites like Airbnb and CouchSurfing, and then discount offer sites like Hotwire and Groupon. AllTheRooms aggregates all of these options into one portal, and presents them to its users in an easy-to-use format.
Founded in 2004, CouchSurfing was the original homesharing website, with 100% free listings. It paved the way for the rise of Airbnb and other popular apartment sharing sites.
“When you stay in a home rather than in a hotel, you can connect with your destination on a deeper level, and see it through the eyes of those who live there. That’s why we’re so excited to now provide our users with CouchSurfing listings,” said Joseph DiTomaso, co-founder of AllTheRooms.
With the addition of CouchSurfing’s one million free listings, AllTheRooms remains the world’s largest room accommodations search engine—with at least 6 million places to stay.
“Sometimes you need to book a hotel in a hurry, but other times you seek a more connected experience, where you truly get to know a place,” said Mara Kofoed, AllTheRooms customer and the blogger behind A Blog about Love. She applied this philosophy to her European honeymoon, where she used AllTheRooms to book an Airbnb apartment in Brussels, a hotel in Paris, and a homeshare via Couchsurfing in Vienna.
"Looking back, the diverse accommodations options we chose at each city made our stay so much more memorable. It’s unbelievable how much your accommodations can affect your travel experience," said Kofoed.