If you own a holiday home which you rent out to guests then it is more than likely that you have an advert with one of the big listing sites.
In the UK the big 3 are HomeAway, Owners Direct and Holiday Lettings and between them have 1.5 million property listings according to their sales materials.
That’s a big slice of the market to control and when a few companies work their way into that kind of dominating position in any industry it never ends up going well.
How Did They Get So Big?
Initially the big listing websites like Holiday Rentals and Owners Direct rose to prominence because they offered a good service to property owners.
You paid for your listing and you got your enquiries / bookings, the process of connecting holidaymakers and property owners worked well and everyone benefited.