A national social media movement called #BookDirect is launching to remind travelers to always book direct and not pay Booking Fees to the giant online booking sites.

VIRGINIA BEACH, VA, February 05, 2018 /24-7PressRelease/ — “Booking direct with homeowners saves travelers money,” says Bunnie Riedel, owner of Virginia Vacation Rentals (www.VAvacationrentals.com). “A lot of people don’t know that when they book a vacation rental home from the big national sites, they will be charged as much as 12% just for the convenience.”

The #BookDirect campaign is designed to draw the public’s attention to these “booking fees.” For example, if a family books through the large sites and pays $1,000 for a week’s stay, they will pay an additional $120 just for the privilege.

“Most often, the traveler doesn’t even know there’s a fee to use these sites until after they’ve booked,” said Riedel. “This large, national websites do not tell the travelers up front that they will be billed for that booking fee.”

At Virginia Vacation Rentals (www.VAvacationrentals.com) there are no “booking fees.” Travelers contact the owner directly to complete the booking and they have complete, open communication with the homeowners.

“Our goal is to put homeowners and travelers together, so each can have a positive experience,” said Riedel.

Virginia Vacation Rentals (www.VAvacationrentals.com) is part of a 29 state network of independently owned and operated state vacation rental listing websites. Find the network at Vacation Home Rental Network (http://www.vhrnetwork.com).

Riedel Communications, Inc. was started in 2005 as a marketing and strategic planning consulting business. Its clients include nonprofits, local, state and federal government clients and retail businesses.

Virginia Vacation Rentals (www.VAvacationrentals.com) is a project of Riedel Communications, Inc.

Bunnie Riedel can be reached at [email protected] or 443-864-4517.

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