Booking.com celebrates its 25th anniversary on November 12, 2021. The booking platform is a major player in the hotel and vacation rental industry and has established itself in the tourism industry over the years.
On the occasion of its 25th anniversary, we look back at the 8 most important milestones in the history of the OTA.
Booking.com: One of the largest platforms in the world
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25 years Booking.com: The 8 most important milestones
12. November 1996: Bookings.nl goes online
25 years ago, the platform’s founder, Geert-Jan Bruinsma, launched an online booking service called Bookings.nl.
2000: The first apartment is listed on Bookings.nl
With the goal of offering alternative accommodations and thinking outside the box, the platform listed its first apartment in 2000. Twenty-one years later, there are already 6.5 million listings for houses, apartments and other accommodations on Booking.com. Is your vacation rental one of them?
2010: Mobile App
In 2010, Booking.com comes to the smartphone. Today, mobile bookings account for more than 60% of all overnight stays (!)
2016: 1 million registered properties
The millionth registered accommodation is the Greydon House in historic Nantucket, Massachusetts.
2019: 3 billion travelers
Since 2007, 3 billion travelers have been hosted, 750 million of them in vacation rentals and vacation homes.
2019: Quality rating for vacation rentals
The booking site launches its first quality rating system for vacation rentals like yours in 2019.
2020: Launch of Travel Proud program
Booking.com aims to make travel more inclusive for the LGBTQ+ community by offering Proud Hospitality training.
12. November 2021: 25 years of Booking.com
Happy birthday, Booking!
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Table of Contents
- 1 Booking.com: One of the largest platforms in the world
- 2 25 years Booking.com: The 8 most important milestones
- 2.1 12. November 1996: Bookings.nl goes online
- 2.2 2000: The first apartment is listed on Bookings.nl
- 2.3 2010: Mobile App
- 2.4 2016: 1 million registered properties
- 2.5 2019: 3 billion travelers
- 2.6 2019: Quality rating for vacation rentals
- 2.7 2020: Launch of Travel Proud program
- 2.8 12. November 2021: 25 years of Booking.com
- 3 Smoobu x Booking.com