ONEE Travel: A Luxury Marketplace
By Steve Hartridge
A unique B2B distribution platform built specifically for travel agents interested in the luxury rental market has been launched.
Who is ONEE Luxury Travel?
Described as a 'distribution revolution in luxury travel', ONEE is a business-to-business (B2B) marketplace that facilitates bookings between professional holiday property managers around the world and travel advisors.
Built for, and with the needs of travel agents at the forefront, ONEE’s booking platform provides travel professionals direct access to the holiday rental market, a sector where previously they have been mostly excluded or squeezed out.
The ONEE platform features a global portfolio of hand-picked and professionally managed luxury properties, along with visibility of commission rates for each property and a seamless booking process.
The company, an initiative by a British tech company backed up with Swiss hospitality culture, is keen to stress that it is "not another competing online travel agency (OTA)" but is instead an inclusive online marketplace (OM).
The platform is easy to use and eliminates much of the admin work through automated and swift transaction management - from planning to booking, invoicing, amendments, etc.
This password protected B2B market place is only accessible by vetted Property Managers and qualified travel agents. The closed (to public) and secure nature of the marketplace enables unique and exclusive features, most notably perhaps that Property Managers can create listings for off-market properties and transparently display travel agent booking commissions.
It will also help agents to form new partnerships and working relationships with villa rental property managers. This direct communication, facilitated by ONEE, ensures that every concern and question is addressed in a timely manner.
How does it work?
ONEE consolidates the professionally managed high-end holiday rental marketplace and helps to streamline the process of finding, vetting, and booking properties and luxury product and services from a global supplier base.
Agents who sign up benefit from pricing transparency, guaranteed commission, the ability to set their own margin and facilitated and increased supplier access and engagement.
The new state-of-the-art portal features a variety of tools that are specifically designed to facilitate travel agent’s workload when finding and booking luxury holiday rentals. These range from creating traveller profiles and travel parties to smart searches and invoicing.
Speaking with CEO and founder Onur Takmak, he is confident that "at a time when many professional travel agents are being pushed out by digitalisation and the growth of OTAs (Online Travel Agents), ONEE champions well-advised travel and puts travel agents at the core of the business.
"As a B2B platform, only professional travel agents have access to ONEE’s curated property portfolio and agents can be eligible for Platinum levels, gaining exclusive access to off-market property listings.”
A taste of what's available:
Villa Siren, Mykonos, Greece
Located a stone's throw away from the town of Mykonos, overlooking the island of Delos, Villa Siren comfortably accommodates 20 guests with 10 bedrooms and 12 bathrooms. This luxury property comes complete with outdoor heated pool, hot tub and a personal trainer, should guests require one, but the main selling point is its panoramic ocean view. The clean and modern interior features a mix of modern Cycladic architecture with traditional elements and ethnic design. There is ample space to relax by the pool or enjoy a spectacular sunset.
Il Sogno sul Lago, Lombardia, Italy
Overlooking Lake Como and occupying the site of a former medieval watchtower, Il Sogno sul Lago is a liberty style villa built in 1909, which has been fully restored. The accommodation itself consists of eight double bedrooms with six ensuites, a living room, kitchen, media room, bar, two roof terraces, a yoga/wellness room, pool house and entertainment area. The lake and mountain vista views from south-facing Il Sogno sul Lago can be enjoyed from the balconies of every bedroom and terrace. Beyond the villa, the mountain village of Pigra is only 300 metres away and the popular lakeside village of Argegno can be reached within four minutes from the cable car station located 500 metres from the villa gates.
Chalet Bellevue, Zermatt, Switzerland
Located in the exclusive Petit Village area of Zermatt, this free standing private chalet is the perfect mountain getaway for winter enthusiasts. With a private spa and treatment room, indoor and outdoor home cinema, seven bedrooms with ensuites, balconies and private terraces with hot tub, Chalet Bellevue is the perfect post-skiing retreat. Guests can enjoy unrivalled views of the Matterhorn from their balconies before sitting down to enjoy a meal prepared by a private chef. Professional house staff, a chalet manager and hosts are also on hand to ensure a comfortable stay.
Maison La Poste, Mougins, France
This renovated historic estate lies at the heart of the old village of Mougins, yet within 15 minutes from Nice Airport and Nice city centre. Indoor spaces include six bedrooms, seven bathrooms a large living room, family room and media room, but it's the vast outdoor space which really creates the wow factor, consisting of dining and entertainment areas, extensive landscaped gardens with an outdoor heated pool, bocce court, pool house with fireplace, fire pit, outdoor kitchen and barbecue area. Mougins is centrally located overlooking the bay of Cannes and has many wineries nearby. Monaco or St Tropez is a 45-minute drive from the villa.