Visit Lake District Bookability

Increase your online bookings through your listing

Visit Lake District Bookability

Why be bookable on Visitlakedistrict.com?

In today’s digital world, more and more visitors are looking for and expecting options to book their holidays online, and there are now more ways than ever for you to be ‘bookable’ on Visitlakedistrict.com! We have solutions that will make it easy for you to connect your booking availability in the simplest and most cost effective ways, whatever your business type.

Our research shows that bookable listings on Visitlakedistrict.com can achieve up to 2.5x more page views than non-bookable ones. Our live accommodation availability search and bookable activities pages are some of the most popular on our website, and can help you reach potential visitors faster and more effectively.


My business is not currently bookable online

We’ve included some information below on the systems that currently integrate with us. Please take a look at the options to see which solution will work best for you.

If you don’t currently take bookings online but wish to do so, please contact the Cumbria Tourism web team at website@cumbriatourism.org, and one of the team will happily talk you through the options and point you in the right direction.

I am bookable online so what are my options?

Please look at the options below to see which one is best for you. The Cumbria Tourism web team will be happy to discuss any questions you have. Sometimes, you may need to work with your provider to set up the connection, but this is generally a straightforward process. Cumbria Tourism DOES NOT charge for connections and commission is only charged on bookings received.

Booking Integrations Available for Visit Lake District Listings:

Each option has the commission rate charged and an explanation of how the commission is taken.

For Accommodation Businesses:

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SuperControl - Great for self-catering

Designed by self-caterers for self-caterers, SuperControl provides a truly unique software solution. It is an all-in-one property management system and channel manager with everything you need to grow your business by increasing your control, saving you time and making you more money.

Its pioneering selection of tools and features can support your business in a variety of ways, from increasing the value of every booking to facilitating guest communication. Best of all, SuperControl offers two-way integration with Simpleview, meaning your availability and rates automatically sync with Visit Lake District.

From enhancing your online reputation, syncing your advertising channels and making payments easy, SuperControl facilitates your success.

Find out more about SuperControl:

Website: https://supercontrol.co.uk/

Email: sales@supercontrol.co.uk

Phone: 01556 506 701

Visit Lake District Commission summary:

  • 10% inclusive of VAT on total booking amount.
  • Commission is collected by Cumbria Tourism quarterly after the guest has stayed with you.

This is a direct connection, meaning the process of connecting and becoming bookable using SuperControl is simple.  If you are currently using SuperControl and would like to enable booking on your Visit Lake District listing(s), please contact the web team at website@cumbriatourism.org, who will help you link your availability.

Freetobook - Great for smaller operators

Freetobook software allows small accommodation businesses to manage every aspect of their guest bookings in one place – diary management, channel management, reputation management (reviews), guest communication, and financial transactions. With Freetobook you can:

  • Significantly increase your direct bookings.
  • Automate daily tasks, freeing up hours of time.
  • Have all aspects of your bookings organised and available in one place.
  • Take back control from the OTAs.
  • Avoid tie-in contracts, only pay for what you use.
  • Receive friendly, expert UK phone support, provided by humans.

Find out more about Freetobook:

Website: https://en.freetobook.com/

Email: info@freetobook.com

Phone: 0141 270 2173

Visit Lake District Commission summary:

  • 10% inclusive of VAT on total booking amount.
  • Commission is collected by Cumbria Tourism quarterly after the guest has stayed with you.

This is a direct connection, meaning the process of getting connected and bookable using freetobook is simple.  If you are currently using freetobook and would like to enable booking on your Visit Lake District listing(s), please contact the web team at website@cumbriatourism.org, who will help you link your availability.

Eviivo - Feature-packed booking system

Eviivo is an all-in-one booking suite used by 20,000 independent properties, each as individual and unique as the people who run them, from stately castles and boutique hotels, to snug shepherd’s huts, cabins, city apartments, beachfront villas and luxury B&Bs.

The Eviivo suite can be used for a number of different purposes, from property management system, to channel manager and adding bookability to your own website.

Eviivo also provides valuable business insights at your fingertips, easy-to-read graphics, invaluable snapshots and an interactive cleaning dashboard.

Find out more about Eviivo:

Website: https://eviivo.com/

Email: sales@eviivo.com

Phone: 0800 422 0088

Visit Lake District Commission summary:

  • 10% including VAT on total booking amount.
  • Commission is collected by Simpleview via Eviivo after the guest has stayed with you

This is a direct connection, meaning the process of getting connected and bookable using Eviivo is simple.  If you are currently using Eviivo and would like to enable booking on your Visit Lake District listing(s), please contact the web team at website@cumbriatourism.org, who will help you link your availability.

TXGB/TXLoad - Backed by Visit England

What is TXGB?

TXGB is a digital marketplace, operated on behalf of Visit England. It offers tourism businesses the opportunity to diversify their distribution, and gives distributors the ability to choose from a wide range of bookable tourism products to add to their programmes.

TXGB offers integrations with a wide array of booking systems and PMSs, and the list is always growing. You can see which systems currently integrate by checking their Technology Businesses Partners on the TXGB website, and you can also register your interest to find out more by submitting an enquiry form.

Some examples of popular booking systems with TXGB integrations are:

  • SiteMinder
  • Caterbook
  • Anytime Booking
  • Little Hotelier
  • InnStyle
  • And others…

What if I don’t use a booking system currently?

TXGB has a built in tool called TXLoad, a simple booking management system to load product inventory and manage your diary. TXLoad is completely free to sign up for, with no fees other than the standard 2.5% (+ VAT) TXGB booking fee.  You can use TXLoad as a cost-free alternative for adding bookability to your own website, taking direct bookings; but you can also integrate bookability into your listing on visitlakedistrict.com.

What is meant by diversifying my distribution?

It means that you, as a tourism business, can choose from a selection of distribution channels, domestically and internationally, all in one place. These range from niche operators, to OTAs, and – most importantly here – destination websites like ours: Visitlakedistrict.com. It can also allow you to make your own website bookable, if it isn’t already.

Find out more about TXGB:

Website: https://www.txgb.co.uk/

Email: hello@txgb.co.uk

Phone: 0330 223 5050

Visit Lake District Commission summary:

  • 7.5% + VAT on total booking amount.
  • Bookings through TXGB are all made in full and paid online at the time of booking. 
  • Commission is charged the month after the booking is made.
  • Cancellation policies are determined by each provider and displayed to the consumer by TXGB at the time of booking.

Online Travel Agents

We want you to make the most of your listings on visitlakedistrict.com, so we always try to promote direct or low-cost options to offer bookable accommodation first. However, in a marketplace where there are hundreds of booking systems available, that’s not always possible, so if none of the options above integrate with your booking system, we also have the option to connect to the following OTAs

  • Booking.com
  • Expedia
  • Hotel Planner
  • Sykes Cottages

Visit Lake District Commission summary:

  • Commission varies and is collected by the OTA in the usual way.
  • Neither Cumbria Tourism nor Visitlakedistrict has control of OTA bookings or transactions, as these are taken on the OTA platform.

If you wish to connect your listing to OTA availability, simply email the Cumbria Tourism web team on website@cumbriatourism.org to get started. The process for connecting is very straightforward, so we should have you up and running in no time.

For Activity Providers, Attractions, and Tour Guides:

Enabling bookability for your activity listing(s) will make you eligible to feature on our Bookable Experiences pages on Visitlakedistrict.com, which can be an advantage for your business and drive additional bookings for your activities.

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Beyonk - sell your bookable experiences online

Beyonk is a low-cost, easy to use booking system, which gives you the opportunity to reach more customers, especially in the off-season. Using Beyonk, you can share your live availability across your own website and Visit Lake District, to minimise your admin and maximise your bookings.

It’s quick, easy and free to add experiences, with only a small commission when bookings are received, often cheaper than it costs to acquire customers elsewhere.

How it works

Once you sign up for a Beyonk account, uploading your experiences to Beyonk enables you to offer online booking on Visitlakedistrict.com, as well as your own website, with no up-front costs. Your availability is managed by you through your own Beyonk admin panel. This activity is then shown in the pages of Visitlakedistrict.com as bookable activities, that members of the public can book online, there and then. You can also integrate Beyonk booking in your own website, using their free tools.

I already have my advertising and promotion sorted, is it for me?

It’s hard to get new customers online through advertising. The Beyonk commission fee on bookings received through the platform is 10% of the ticket price (+2% fee to Stripe for payment processing). Beyonk is a cheaper alternative to increase visibility and get more bookings.

I already have a booking system, is it for me?

Beyonk is more than just a booking system, it’s also a good way to get more online exposure for your experiences. Upload free spaces to bolster your current schedule and your availability is synced across platforms like Visitlakedistrict.com for customers to book with you. 

If you already have an online booking system in place, Beyonk enables you to take provisional bookings, which you can enter into your system and confirm with your customer, just as you would when a customer phones you. 

I don’t take online bookings, is it for me?

If you’re not currently taking online bookings, we can arrange a call with a Beyonk advisor,  who can discuss how it could work for you. If you’re not keen to take instant bookings, there is an alternative that allows you to pre-authorise a customer payment and only accept the booking if you’re available. This allows for flexibility but reduces the major sales leakage from not accepting upfront payment. You can also upload experiences without direct booking capability if you wish.

Find out more about Beyonk:

Website: https://beyonk.com/

Email: support@beyonk.com

Phone: 0800 980 4517

Visit Lake District Commission summary:

  • 10% of the ticket price (+2% fee to Stripe if payment is taken)
  • Commission is collected by Beyonk after the booked activity has taken place

TXGB/TXLoad - Backed by Visit England

TXGB is a digital marketplace, operated on behalf of Visit England. It offers tourism businesses the opportunity to diversify their distribution, and gives distributors the ability to choose from a wide range of bookable tourism products to add to their programmes.

TXGB offers integrations with a wide array of booking systems and PMSs, and the list is always growing. You can see which systems currently integrate by checking their Technology Businesses Partners on the TXGB website, and you can also register your interest to find out more by submitting an enquiry form.

Some examples of popular booking systems with TXGB integrations are:

  • BookingHound
  • Bokun
  • FareHarbour
  • Ticketinghub
  • WebTicketManager

What if I don’t use a booking system currently?

TXGB has a built in tool called TXLoad, a simple booking management system to load product inventory and manage your diary – TXLoad is completely free to sign up for, with no fees other than the standard 2.5% (+ VAT) TXGB booking fee.  You can use TXLoad as a cost-free alternative for adding bookability to your own website , taking direct bookings; but you can also integrate bookability into your listing on VLD.

What is meant by diversifying my distribution?

It means that you, as a tourism business, can choose from a selection of distribution channels, domestically and internationally, all in one place. These range from niche operators, to OTAs, and – most importantly here – destination websites like ours: Visitlakedistrict.com. It can also allow you to make your own website bookable, if it isn’t already.

Find out more about TXGB:

Website: https://www.txgb.co.uk/

Email: hello@txgb.co.uk

Phone: 0330 223 5050

Visit Lake District Commission summary:

  • 7.5% + VAT on total booking amount.
  • Bookings through TXGB are all made in full and paid online at the time of booking. 
  • Commission is charged the month after the booking is made.
  • Cancellation policies are determined by each provider and displayed to the consumer by TXGB at the time of booking.