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July 4, 2013 OTA News No Comments Email Email

Travelers looking for unique accommodation at affordable rates now have a safer option to turn to: On top of a colourful selection of vacation rental options within Asia that have been handpicked by the entrepreneurs behind PandaBed, the site also promises quality properties for a better travel experience through on-site appraisals.’s arrival comes as new tourism trends emerge: Travelers will want more individual and authentic travel experiences in future1, as industry insiders identified at the 20th annual World Travel Monitor Forum. On top of that, holiday prices and value for money offers, along with the image and stability of destinations, will be strong factors influencing travel and tourism1.

As the demand for authentic holiday destinations with greater interaction with local communities continues to grow, travel websites providing vacation rentals like PandaBed offer a travel experience that is more immersive and localized.

Properties listed are handpicked through an exhaustive old-fashioned appraisal approach – starting with a personal visit to each property and followed by an evaluation process on cleanliness, comfort, wireless connectivity, facilities, complimentary services and vicinity appeal that spans between 2 to 4 days. The team seeks to build relationships with the homeowners as well, so time is spent learning more about their backgrounds and the history of the properties. The result? Handpicked places that are lovingly managed, located in either a convenient or unique neighbourhood, have excellent housekeeping standards and are tastefully furnished that the PandaBed team would be proud to host their family and friends at.

“Quote from PandaBed on why quality of properties is so important amongst Asian travelers”

On-site appraisals add a layer of reliability to renting alternative accommodations on PandaBed, taking the guessing out of booking short-term vacation rentals. Aside from a personal review of the listed properties and hosts by PandaBed, the Reliability Rating metric is also designed to match reliable guests with trustworthy homeowners, with PandaBed the first peer-to-peer vacation rental website to introduce a verification system for users. With three levels of verification – a guest or host’s social media connections on LinkedIn and Facebook, their government issued I.D. and a

1 ITB Berlin & IPK International. (2012). ITB World Travel Trends Report. Berlin: Messe Berlin GmbH.

host’s property utility bill – booking guests can determine the reliability of the vacation rental host at a glance, and vice versa.

Travelers looking to visit popular Asian destinations including Bali, Bangkok, Hong Kong, Koh Samui, Kuala Lumpur, Manila, Phuket or Singapore can rent single rooms, whole private homes, villas, service apartments and guest houses on as a more affordable and personal option to hotels.

For hosts, listing their property on allows them the unique opportunity to share their homes and culture with travelers from across the world while making money at the same time.

For booking, listing and more details on PandaBed’s Reliability Rating metric, please visit

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