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AIRBNB / HOMESTAY Booking Import / Export

March 9, 2017 by Treehouseadmin

The iCalendar Feature is a way to synchronize your listing reservation data with other websites. For example you published several properties on our Treehouse-Rental website but to maximize their exposure you also added them to airbn.com. Now the challenge is to mark as busy (in Treehouse-rental) the dates that are booked on airbnb.com. And vice versa :marked as busy on airbnb the dates booked on Treehouse-Rental.

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How iCalendar works:

Export

The only thing you need to do for exporting a feed in iCalendar format is to create a page in wordpress admin with the template : ICAL FEED . Once that page is generated the link you can find in calendar section becomes active and you can export the booking data into other websites like aibnb.com or homeaway.com.

To export your calendar data you should copy that url (for ex http://treehouse-rental.com/ical-feed-export/?ical=763310533de8d2e03fe564b0693bcc344) and paste it into the 3rd party website. Below is a screen capture with the airbnb import feature . This is where you should post the link and airbnb will read the booking data from your website and synchronize it with the the their version of the listing’.

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Note: the iCalendar link will export data in ics format which is non readable by web browsers.

Import

In the calendar section you need to paste the external feed of the iCalendar. Once you hit save the first syncronization is made and data gets imported. There is also a cron job that will check the feed every 3h hours for the new info. If you want to manually trigger the synchronization just push save again.

The feed you paste in there is created by other 3rd party websites . In the image below you see the feed from airbnb.com

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The external booking data will appear in the calendar page with a special purple label (bookings made on your website will be in green label). It would show either the external source (like airbnb) or external (in cases like homeaway – because they don’t add the name in the UID parameter in iCaledar feed) .

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