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  • Plugin Author wpdevelop

    (@wpdevelop)

    Hello.
    The sync directly with outlook is not supporting. Sorry.

    Booking Calendar plugin is supporting

    – import of events via .ics feeds from Google Calendar ( or Airbnb or any other calendar that support .ics format, like iCal application)

    – and export bookings to .ics feeds (files), which possible to import in Google Calendar (or Airbnb, Booking.com, HomeAway, TripAdvisor, VRBO, FlipKey and any other calendar that uses .ics format ).

    Please read more about this feature here: https://wpbookingcalendar.com/faq/#sync

    Please note, the import process is working in that case, when some visitor is open your website page with booking import shortcode. So you can configure CRON at your server, for periodically access this page with booking import shortcode to start import process. Or you can insert the import shortcode before booking form shortcode, so firstly system will start import process and only then show booking form, when someone visit your page.

    Export. Booking Calendar is generate .ics feed with bookings in real time. But how often some service (like airbnb, or booking.com ) access this .ics feed to import the bookings from Booking Calendar into own system, does not depend from Booking Calendar. So in other words, Booking Calendar does not force to generate import process by third party service, when some booking is created. You need to check with support of this service (like airbnb or booking.com), about how often they can access the .ics feed tor making import.

    Kind Regards.

    Hi, “The sync directly with outlook is not supporting” is not entirely true.

    While it is correct that you cannot “sync” as in two-way, you can have Outlook automatically import your bookings into your outlook calendar. This feed will automatically update all your bookings.
    Outlook 2016 will not import the ICS feed if it has timezone information attached to it. I had to modify booking calendar to delete all timezone information for the outlook feed. But I have not updated booking calendar/manager for a year – I see that the newer version of booking calendar/manager can now set timezones, maybe this has been resolved.
    You may also have to add the update frequency into the ICS feed, you will need to google for the ICS feed update frequency and modify the PHP code – which will be overwritten with the next update: beware.
    There’s also the option to import the ICS feed automatically within OWA in office365 if you do not use outlook but have an Office365 subscription.

    Cheers,
    Ingo

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