Booking.com pioneers a first-of-its-kind Quality Rating system for apartments, vacation homes and villas
Similar to hotel star classification ratings, the new Quality Rating system provides traveler assurance by making it easier to compare the quality of unique places to stay
New York, New York - January 21, 2020 –Travelers today are presented with more choices than ever when it comes to selecting the perfect place to stay. While hotel star classification ratings are widely recognized and used across the globe as a means to help assess and compare the quality of a hotel, no globally applicable rating system exists for travelers looking to stay in an alternative accommodation, like a home or apartment - until now. With a mission to make it easier for everyone to experience the world, and with an average of seven guests checking into a home, apartment or other unique place to stay on its platform every second, Booking.com is taking the lead in pioneering a first-of-its-kind, globally consistent and objective Quality Rating system for apartments, vacation homes and villas.
Similar to a hotel star classification rating system that objectively rates hotels according to a set of quality criteria, the new Quality Rating for apartments, vacation homes and villas on Booking.com is designed to fill a gap in the travel industry. It provides a global benchmark that travelers can recognize and rely on to identify properties that match their quality requirements more easily. With 25% of US travelers preferring to stay in a vacation home or apartment over a hotel in 2020 and with ‘Star Rating’ one of the top applied filters on Booking.com, this innovation reflects Booking.com’s ongoing commitment and investment to create an even more seamless travel experience while providing travelers with the widest choice of incredible places to stay.
How the Quality Rating works
The Quality Rating system uses a machine learning algorithm that takes into account over 400 factors, such as property location, size and facilities, helping travelers better identify the quality and comfort of properties across the world to inform their decision making process when selecting their perfect vacation home away from home. Ranging from 1 to 5, yellow tiles that clearly indicate the varying quality levels are positioned next to the individual property’s name on Booking.com. The Quality Rating scores are benchmarked against nearby properties to ensure the results are locally relevant, and recalculate throughout the year to guarantee accuracy.
Top scorers around the world
The US, Greece, Spain, Italy and France top the list of countries with the highest number of top scorers (5 out of 5), while travelers from Saudi Arabia, Australia, the United Arab Emirates, Great Britain and China top the list when it comes to the nationalities that most frequently select top scored apartments, vacation homes or villas.
Eric Bergaglia, Global Head of Booking.com's homes and apartments business commented: “We are excited to pioneer technology and develop a service that was absent from the industry until now. While hotel guests have been able to rely on a long established star rating system to help inform their decisions, travelers choosing more unique places to stay have been missing something similar in their decision making mix. Now, alongside valuable and verified guest reviews, travelers on Booking.com can search for an apartment, holiday home or villa by its Quality Rating score and feel further empowered to make a choice that will match their expectations from there. 75% of all properties awarded in our recent Booking.com Traveller Review Awards 2020 are homes, apartments and other unique types of property, with almost 40% made up of apartments alone. With this new system in place, we look forward to making it even easier for travelers to find the perfect place to stay wherever they want to go.”
To find your own perfect place to stay using Booking.com’s exclusive Quality Rating system for apartments, vacation homes and villas, visit Booking.com. Simply filter by “Star Rating” to find the apartments, vacation homes and villas with the Quality Ratings to best match your need.
For further information, contact the Booking.com US Press Office;
BookingUS@hs-pr.com / 1.917.351.8600
Research commissioned by Booking.com and independently conducted among a sample of adults who have taken a trip in the last 12 months/plan to take a trip in the next 12 months. In total 22,000 respondents were polled (including 1,000 each from Australia, Germany, France, Spain, Italy, Japan, China, Brazil, India, US, UK, Russia, Indonesia, Colombia and South Korea; and 500 each from New Zealand, Thailand, Argentina, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Hong Kong, Croatia, Taiwan, Mexico, Netherlands, Sweden, Singapore and Israel). Respondents completed an online survey between August 9 to August 28, 2019.
Founded in 1996 in Amsterdam, Booking.com has grown from a small Dutch start-up to one of the world’s leading digital travel companies. Part of Booking Holdings Inc. (NASDAQ: BKNG), Booking.com’s mission is to make it easier for everyone to experience the world. By investing in the technology that helps take the friction out of travel, Booking.com seamlessly connects millions of travelers with memorable experiences, a range of transportation options and incredible places to stay - from homes to hotels and much more. As one of the world’s largest travel marketplaces for both established brands and entrepreneurs of all sizes, Booking.com enables properties all over the world to reach a global audience and grow their businesses. Booking.com is available in 43 languages and offers more than 29 million total reported accommodation listings, including more than 6.2 million listings alone of homes, apartments and other unique places to stay. No matter where you want to go or what you want to do, Booking.com makes it easy and backs it all up with 24/7 customer support.