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1 Feb 2023
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More and more, online travel agencies or OTAs, like VRBO, airbnb, HomeAway and, have become a popular booking website for travel accommodations. We think it's important for travel consumers to be aware that there may be more disadvantages than benefits to booking your vacation rental through these large, third-party channels.

COVID-19 brought with it a flood of new travelers interested in vacation rentals (due to large common spaces, fully equipped kitchens, and guest control of their environment), but what many people don't know (especially new vacation renters) is that the best prices, the best properties, and the best local insight cannot be found on OTA websites.

Rather, they’re found by booking direct with vacation rental companies, like Bear Tracts Vacation Cabins.


  1. Save More & Avoid Hidden Fees - The airbnbs of the world charge hefty fees to use their sites and what many travel consumers don't know is that cost is passed off to the guest.

  2. More Lodging Options & Types - Often, many of the best (and most exclusive) homes are not listed on online travel agency websites.

  3. Hassle-Free Changes & Customization - Bear Tracts Vacation Cabins managers can easily update a reservation based on dates or budgets to fit client's needs or changes in plans. If you're using an OTA, you’ll often have to cancel a reservation and start all over again.

  4. Local Insider Knowledge - Bear Tracts Vacation Cabins managers know the properties and the Gatlinburg, Sevierville, Wears Valley, and Pigeon Forge area better than anyone associated with an OTA and can help match guests with homes based on what local attractions or activities they want to experience. There’s someone to call for expert advice and recommendations.

  5. Exclusive Discounts - Beart Tracts Vacation Cabins list special offers that cannot be found on the big websites.

  6. A Personalized Touch - Guests with special requests, preferences, or needs can work directly with a Bear Tracts Vacatio Cabins manager to curate a personalized vacation and a level of customer service unavailable on OTA websites.


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