What is Tiny Bookings anyway?

We are an independent business helping other independent hotels, BnBs and accommodation providers to reduce their reliance on large online travel agencies (OTAs). When COVID-19 arrived, it was a nightmare for the tourism industry, but also a good excuse to challenge what had become the norm – dominance of large booking platforms and their high fees. Of course uncertain times are never the moment splash out on new websites or marketing, which is why we came up with Tiny Bookings.

We build and maintain your own fancy looking website with an integrated booking system and support you with your online marketing. But we don’t actually cost you any money – we only get paid, when you save money. It is win-win, and only the internet giants are losing out (but that’s okay, they can afford it).

Meet the team

Larry is a web developer, Manchester born but grew up in Derbyshire followed by New Zealand. Shirley is a researcher from the Netherlands, and works on web design, photography and communication. Together we have been creating websites for over 20 combined years.

Why Tiny Bookings? Growing up Larry helped with the family B&B – Fantail Lodge – and learnt about all the hard work that goes into running a humble B&B. Learning about the enormous commissions charged by Online Travel Agencies (OTAs), we developed a solution, piloted Tiny Bookings with Fantail Lodge and have seen direct bookings increase ever since. With a handful of ambitious accommodation providers we officially launched in 2021, and we now look forward to helping your business too.

An awesome website

We make you a professional-looking website, that looks good on any device (mobile, computer, laptop or tablet).

Pop up on internet searches

We will work hard on your online presence to make sure that when people search for you, they can find your website. This is called ‘good SEO’ in the industry.

Availability calendar

Guests can see live accommodation availability and book directly on the website.

Synchronised bookings with other sites

The calendar can automatically synchronise with most other online booking platforms. You can also receive bookings in your own digital calendar, like on your mobile phone.

Online payments

Guests can pay directly online and the payment always comes directly to you.

Automated emails

Tiny Bookings can automatically send emails to you and your guests to confirm bookings. We can even send timed emails just before or after a booking with extra details..

Overview of bookings

You can add, view, report, change and cancel bookings via a Tiny Bookings administrator portal.

Frequently asked questions

Do I need to stop working with other online bookings systems?

Nope – You can stay on Booking.com, Airbnb or with any other online travel agency. We make sure all the calendars are synchronised so your online availability is always up to date. We actually encourage you to have a listing on at least one of these sites as it gives your business exposure. Most guests look for an accommodation provider’s own website before booking online, so once they see your beautiful website with an easy-to-use booking system, they will go direct!

How much does it cost?

There are no setup fees for your own Tiny Bookings website and booking platform, nor do we charge any fees for the ongoing hosting and maintenance.

We charge a reasonable 6% commission per direct booking made on the website. Travel agents generally charge anything from 10%-30%, so not only are you getting the Tiny Bookings platform for free, but you should be saving on every direct booking too.

When and how to I receive payment from bookings.

We work with Stripe for online payments payments always come directly to your own Stripe account. Stripe offers a great payment service, with easy to use dashboard, takes a very small commission and generally pays out to your chosen bank account every few days, but this depends on country.

In a nutshell, we don’t hold on to, or handle guest payments, we leave that bit to the experts.

Can I opt out of Tiny Bookings?

Yes absolutely, we don’t want to force any new dependencies or obligations – you have enough to deal with. That said, we do put a lot of time and costs into building each bespoke site, so we just ask you to give it a go for at least two high seasons. Remember there are no fixed costs, so you have nothing to lose by giving it a go.

If it’s still not working for you, we can can end our collaboration without any cost to you…just some sad faces.

How is Tiny Bookings different from booking.com, AirBnB and all the other options out there?

We are all about empowering the independent businesses and offering an alternative to the online giants.

With Tiny Bookings you get your own bespoke website with built-in booking platform, rather than guests. Bookings, payments and guest communication come directly to you – so you have the control. We just potter away in the background to make sure it all works and get people booking directly!