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June 29, 2020

How synchronizing your listing reservation data with other websites / How Icalendar works?

Export

The HomeSwissHome page generates for you the link displays in your calendar section, once active 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 https://www.homeswisshome.ch/ical/?ical=2cd1a5ee6ae20fbd095f26b7cc34d588) 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’.

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 synchronization 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 synchronisation 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

The external booking data will appear in the calendar page with a special purple label (bookings made on your website will be in the 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 iCalendar feed).

 Import multiple feeds

This option allows you to add feeds from multiple platforms (like Airbnb,HomeAway etc at the same time)

How to get to the Calendar Tab:

To import or export your datas, you need to get the Calendar Tab: When you submit a property, on the page “Calendar” you will find the option: ICAL FEED.

Go to user dashboard – my properties – edit property:

And then to Calendar Tab:

How to import hourly bookings using ICalendar

Get the Ical url from a platform that has option to add hourly bookings and add it to  Calendar Tab.

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