That would be a great start for us!
We could integrate our payment service provider, put a new search page online and display guest ratings.
Achieving this second goal would make it possible to complete all the technical developments planned for this year and add many new hosts to bookitgreen.
What is this project all about?
Our vision is to make sustainable holiday accommodations worlwide bookable on one easy to use online platform.
At the beginning of 2018, we launched our booking functionality and have since been able to convince more than 750 holiday homes of bookitgreen. Over 1,000 booking requests have already been processed via our system and in the first year we have managed to show that the bookitgreen concept works and can be further developed.
Many things are not yet technically working as the guests and hosts would like them to. That's why we're now looking forward to your support in order to be able to tackle the necessary further developments with new resources.
But when is a holiday home sustainable? Three "pillars" are relevant at bookitgreen:
Certificates in the field of sustainable
If holiday homes have such a certificate (from external certification bodies), we present it on bookitgreen.
15 bookitgreen sustainability criteria
In addition, the hosts provide information on which of our 15 sustainability criteria they meet. These range from renewable energy and organic food to the use of ecological cleaning agents. Depending on how many of these criteria are met, the accommodation receives 1-5 green leaves as a simple indicator for the guests.
Sustainability rating by guests
After their stay, all guests have the opportunity to assess the sustainability of the accommodation. It is particularly important whether the information provided by the hosts is correct and comprehensible. If they are not, the accommodation will be excluded from bookitgreen.
This way we try to present a holistic picture of the sustainability of holiday accommodation, in which hosts, guests and certifiers can have a say.
For each night booked, we plant a tree with our partner Eden Reforestation Projects.
We were able to win Dr. Eckart von Hirschhausen (German bestselling author, moderator and comedian) for the interview because he is a keen advocate of sustainability and the environment. He is already an active ambassador for Atmosfair.
What is the project goal and who is the project for?
Nowadays travelers want to book online with a functionality and booking experience that matches techincal standards of the 21st century. This also applies to sustainable holiday accommodation and holidays. Unfortunately, there is still no platform worldwide with an extensive range of sustainable accommodation that can be easily booked online.
We want to close this gap with bookitgreen.
With bookitgreen we are addressing people who pay attention to sustainability in their everyday lives and would like toexperience the associated values when being on vacation.
Why would you support this project?
Together with you we want to create opportunities to travel the world more sustainable.
With your support we can further develop the platform, add many new sustainable hosts and attract more vacationers with our offer.
To do all this we need your support:
For every euro you invest in bookitgreen, we get another 50 cents from already existing grants. Your support counts from the first Euro!
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In addition to bookitgreen products, we offer you samebutgreen travel products as rewards. There is something great for everyone.
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How will we use the money if the project is successfully funded?
With your support, we would address the following areas:
- A completely new bookitgreen style search page,(corresponding to the main and detail pages) with better functionality and usability. The search for specific holiday accommodations is then possible.
- Technical integration of our payment service provider: Currently, guests still have to make two transfers (deposit and balance payment) to book their holiday. Our goal is to integrate a payment service provider with which we can process the payment in an uncomplicated way.
- New sustainable holiday accommodations on bookitgreen: The integration of new hosts on bookitgreen is currently very time-consuming and we can hardly keep up with the many interested parties by checking and creating the advertisements. This is why it is so important that we simplify the creation process and that hosts can create their own advertisements. Then we "only" have to check whether the accommodation really fits to bookitgreen.
- Show reviews on the accommodations page: We already have many, consistently positive reviews, which unfortunately are not displayed. This is a technical challenge that we absolutely want to tackle this year.
We are really looking forward to tackling these important points!
Who are the people behind the project?
The founding team consists of Phillip and me. Phillip is an expert in the technical field and responsible for the development of the platform. I, Moritz, currently do (almost) everything else.
We get great support from our freelancer Marietta and our intern Almuth. Without these two I would be totally screwed.
As a child I was on holiday every year with my big family on the organic farm Helchenhof. That was always great and remains in my very positive memory.
After my studies, together with Phillip, I realized how difficult it is to find sustainable holiday accommodations and to book them online.
The idea for bookitgreen was born!
In addition to our team, two angel investors support us, who were part of the journey right from the start. They give us advice and support us as good as possible: Alfred is sustainable host of the Knoedl Alm and brings in the perspective of the hosts. Marc is a founder himself and before that was a lawyer in the management of large digital companies.