What is iCalendar syncing?

If you own a vacation rental, chances are you may have considered also listing your home on other vacation rental sites like Airbnb, Homeaway, and Tripadvisor. You might have quickly realized that listing your property on multiple websites introduces a big problem:

How do I prevent double bookings? Good question.

The best way to prevent double bookings is to build a system to share and sync availabilities with website. Fortunately, there are existing technologies that allow this. There are several technologies to do this, but the easiest and most common method is to sync your listings via iCalendar syncing.

If you are not exactly sure what an iCalendar is, that’s okay. To summarize, it is a computer file that contains a representation of your rental’s calendar and its availabilities that most calendar applications like your Airbnb calendar and Google calendar can understand and can use to communicate with other calendars.

If you are not familiar with what an iCalendar is, read What is an iCalendar?

How does iCalendar syncing work?

In order to sync your calendar with another calendar, you have to give the other calendar access by exporting a URL link to the other calendar.

Exporting the URL link to your calendar

The best way to prevent double bookings is to build a system to share and sync availabilities with website. Fortunately, there are existing technologies that allow this. There are several technologies to do this, but the easiest and most common method is to sync your listings via iCalendar syncing.

If you are not exactly sure what an iCalendar is, that’s okay. To summarize, it is a computer file that contains a representation of your rental’s calendar and its availabilities that most calendar applications like your Airbnb calendar and Google calendar can understand and can use to communicate with other calendars.

Calendar syncing without a central calendar aggregator is a lot of work
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