eRevMax presents another first at ITB Berlin 2019

Showcasing its new metasearch platform AgentX101 alongside new modules in RateTiger & LiveOS

Leading travel technology solution provider, eRevMax, will showcase its newest offering, AgentX101 – the metasearch platform for travel agents, at ITB Berlin next week. The company will also showcase latest enhancements to its suite of hospitality product brands – RateTiger and LiveOS.

The enhanced product suite includes RateTiger’s award-winning hotel channel management and rate shopping solutions, alongside newly introduced Booking Engine and CRS capabilities, all powered by LiveOS – the #1 Hospitality Operating System in the industry.

Known for robust security and 99.9% system uptime, RateTiger and LiveOS solutions empower over 9000 hotel groups, brands, and independent properties worldwide, to improve business strategy and maximize bottom-line revenue.

The company will be introducing the first of its kind metasearch platform for Travel Agents and Tour Operators – AgentX101. The platform aggregates deals and promotions from multiple wholesalers and GDSs thereby providing 360-degree visibility into production sources and suggests actions and alerts to maximize potential. Already tested by some of the biggest names in the industry, the web-based solution automates daily tasks and improves decision making with real time data.

“ITB Berlin is the perfect platform to exhibit and promote our existing and upcoming portfolio of products to the travel fraternity. It helps us to build new partnerships while strengthening our existing network as we continue to reinforce our capacity to explore and drive growth opportunities,” said Reuel Ghosh, Group CEO, eRevMax.

ITB Berlin is expected to attract over 170,000 visitors including 110,000 trade visitors over the five show days. RateTiger, located in Hall 8.1, Stand 132, will showcase its products to hoteliers through demos and discussions during show hours between March 6-9.

The LiveOS and AgentX101 team will be available in Hall 8.1, Stand 115 to drive discussions with travel agents, tour operators, suppliers and technology partners and form new collaborations.

To arrange an appointment with the team, contact us today on marketing@erevmax.com.

The Week, That Was – February 2019 Week 4

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HospitalityUnited.Club announces its signature Cocktails & Conversation event in Berlin

HospitalityUnited.Club, a consortium of travel technology companies, brings back its classic Cocktails & Conversation event to Berlin in March. The Club will be hosting an exclusive evening for hoteliers on 7th March 2019, in partnership with Cendyn, Fornova, Hotelbeds, LiveOS, RateTiger, Roiback and Sojern.

https://bit.ly/2XdYEEG

Expedia announces Certified Technology Partner Program

Expedia Partner Solutions (EPS) has launched its Certified Technology Partner Program, an elite program for EPS’ top technology partners from around the world.

https://bit.ly/2GVY09e

Experimenting with the future of business travel: three hypotheses

There are three clear hypotheses that the business travel industry should be experimenting with to be truly customer-centric in the future.

https://www.egencia.com/public/us/experimenting-with-the-future-of-business-travel-three-hypotheses

Growing travelling population shaping the future of the hospitality world

Demographics and growing economies are changing the shape of future travelers in the world. What factors is the future of hospitality looking to deal with? Within the next decade, the number of households making at least US$ 100,000 annually will increase by 30 million, with one out of three of these households located in emerging markets.

https://www.hotelmarketing.com/articles/growing-travelling-population-shaping-the-future-of-the-hospitality-world

Distributed ledger technology can bring rate parity to hotel distribution

The last few years have seen a steady rise in the impact of rate parity and onward distribution issues on hotelier’s bottom line.

 https://www.phocuswire.com/Distributed-ledgers-rate-parity-hotel-distribution

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HospitalityUnited.Club announces its signature Cocktails & Conversation event in Berlin

HospitalityUnited.Club, a consortium of travel technology companies, brings back its classic Cocktails & Conversation event to Berlin in March. The Club will be hosting an exclusive evening for hoteliers on 7th March 2019, in partnership with Cendyn, Fornova, Hotelbeds, LiveOS, RateTiger, Roiback and Sojern.

The high energy networking event will bring together leading hoteliers and tech providers in an informal relaxed setting at Funkturm Restaurant, located 55m above the ground, in the historic Radio Tower in the German capital. The event is aimed at providing a perfect place for industry peers to relax over cocktails while discussing new trends and technology.

“This is the second year we’ve been a part of HospitalityUnited.Club at ITB Berlin. It’s proven a great way to connect with new and existing contacts in a more relaxed environment. I know the Sojern team looks forward to connecting with guests at HUC this year and discussing how to move travelers from dream to destination,” commented Celine Chaussegros, GM EMEA, Sojern.

“Partnering with HospitalityUnited.Club is always a fantastic opportunity for Fornova and we are looking forward to working together at ITB 2019. Bringing together hotels and technology providers is a great opportunity to explore innovative ideas, network and collaborate,” said Dori Stein, CEO, Fornova.

John Seaton, MD, EMEA & APAC at Cendyn commented, “We’re delighted to be partnering with other hospitality leaders for this exciting HospitalityUnited.Club cocktail event on Thursday 7 March. It’s always well-received for leaders to have the opportunity to take a breather from the hectic week at ITB Berlin and spend time catching up with their peers in the industry.”

The HospitalityUnited.Club (HUC) member companies continue to collaborate and host these events around the world as they realize the importance of this platform and how it impacts business.

To join us for the HUC Cocktails & Conversations in Berlin, register today – https://www.hospitalityunited.club/event/berlin/huc_berlin_2019.html

The Week, That Was – February 2019 Week 3

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Dubai midscale hotel recommends RateTiger for online connectivity

Chelsea Plaza Hotel, a midscale hotel in the heart of Dubai has recommended eRevMax solutions for managing online distribution. The 3 star property has been using RateTiger Channel Manager to maintain real-time rate and availability on online sales channels and receive reservations.

https://www.erevmax.com/ratetiger-news/ratetiger-news-archive/feb2019-erevmax-dubai-midscale-hotel-ratetiger-online-connectivity.html

Hoteliers adjust pricing strategies to be more dynamic

Hoteliers’ strategic goals must include a more dynamic approach to pricing hotel rooms that can better adapt to shifts in demand.

http://hotelnewsnow.com/Articles/293736/Hoteliers-adjust-pricing-strategies-to-be-more-dynamic

 Expedia data reveals surge in inbound visitors to UK hotels

The latest data from travel platform Expedia Group has revealed that a surge of international visitors led to a growth in UK hotel stays throughout 2018

https://travolution.com/articles/110333/expedia-data-reveals-surge-in-inbound-visitors-to-uk-hotels

TripAdvisor reports growth in hotel and non-hotel segments

TripAdvisor’s total revenue rose 8% in the fourth quarter of 2018 to $346 million and grew 4% for the full year to $1.62 billion. The company reinvigorated hotel segment profitability while growing experiences and restaurants, two key strategic investment areas.

https://www.travelweekly.com/Travel-News/Travel-Technology/TripAdvisor-reports-hotel-and-non-hotel-growth

The hotel amenities travelers really want

What makes travelers content during their stay at a hotel? Do guests need extra packaged toiletries or a pool to rave about the establishment?

https://www.hotel-online.com/press_releases/release/the-hotel-amenities-travelers-really-want#When:19:50:01Z

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Chelsea Plaza Hotel uses RateTiger Channel Manager powered by LiveOS to manage online distribution

Chelsea Plaza Hotel, a midscale hotel in the heart of Dubai has recommended eRevMax solutions for managing online distribution. The 3 star property has been using RateTiger Channel Manager to maintain real-time rate and availability on online sales channels and receive reservations.

Located at the prime location of Bur Dubai, Chelsea Plaza Hotel, formerly known as Rydges Plaza Hotel, is a popular choice for mid-range travelers, especially from the Indian subcontinent and South Asia. The hotel is leveraging RateTiger’s seamless connectivity with leading OTAs including the major ones in India.

The best thing about RateTiger Channel Manager is that it is very easy to use. The data analytics on budget and production on the LiveOS platform provides us a good heads-up.  We look forward to continuing our working relationship over the coming years,” said Siva Prasad, Asst. Front Office Manager, Chelsea Plaza Hotel.

Given that Chelsea Plaza Hotel primarily caters to international guests, along with midscale domestic travelers, it is important for the hotel to be present in all global online sales channels.  Our channel ecosystem has helped hotels to improve exposure and tap new markets. Backed by real-time data and analytics, hoteliers can respond to market dynamics more efficiently, and optimize online revenue,” said Ram Mohan Dubey, Regional Sales Director, eRevMax.

eRevMax is known for its stable solutions with 99% product uptime. While other companies struggle to offer continuous connectivity, eRevMax has invested in building a robust infrastructure to provide hoteliers with uninterrupted service over the last 18 years. The company offers excellent connectivity with over 400 online channels and provides 24×7 support.

Meet the team at ITB Berlin, Hall 8.1, Stand 132 from 6 – 9 March 2019, to discuss your connectivity needs.

The Week, That Was – February 2019 Week 2

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EREVMAX SIGNS WITH ICE PORTAL TO DISTRIBUTE HOTEL VISUAL CONTENT WORLDWIDE VIA LIVEOS

eRevMax, the leading provider of hotel connectivity and online distribution solutions worldwide, has integrated with ICE Portal to help hoteliers manage, distribute and curate their online visual content for better brand visibility.

Hotels using LiveOS by eRevMax will now be able to integrate their visuals into ICE Portal’s cloud-based content management system (CMS). ICE Portal connects to thousands of leading global distribution channels as well as thousands of affiliated travel sites (including GDSs, OTAs and search sites) in twelve languages.

https://bit.ly/2GwVdmC

Why Guest Reviews Matter? Even the negative ones

There are several things that contribute to a hotel’s reputation – starting from pre-booking experience to service during stay – guests take note of many small and big details and form an opinion. The rating is just the reflection of the opinion. If your property provides impeccable service, create great experiences, then the positive reviews you have earned will improve your appeal and influence potential guests. The more satisfied guests you have, the more likely they are to return and spend more money, as well as recommend you to others.

https://bit.ly/2I8y10C

 Bleisure is the biggest trend in business travel

“Bleisure” is on the rise and it’s one of the biggest trends in business travel.

Blending work travel with leisure travel is one of the best perks of traveling for work. It helps save on vacation costs and creates a better work-life balance for travelers and the concept is growing by leaps and bounds as revealed in National Car Rental’s second annual State of the Business Travel Industry Survey.

 https://www.travelpulse.com/news/car-rental-and-rail/bleisure-is-the-biggest-trend-in-business-travel.html

 How Trivago finds ways to make more from less

Trivago’s fourth-quarter results were similar to what investors saw last quarter – revenue was down 8%. Yet the company once again got positive bottom-line results, seeing net income of 11.7 million euros.

https://www.fool.com/investing/2019/02/06/trivago-finds-ways-to-make-more-from-less.aspx

 Google tests Hotel Price Insights on desktop

Google rolled out hotel Price Insights feature to mobile devices last August after about 1 month of testing. Now the feature is finally being tested on Desktop. On desktop the feature is located under the Prices tab and is usually displayed to the right of rates box as 3 collapsed graphs – Market Comparison; Price Evaluation; and When To Book.

https://alakov.com/blog/google-tests-hotel-price-insights-desktop

 Google My Business supports hotel check-in and check-out times

Google is now giving hotels a way to communicate even more about their properties to customers.

https://bit.ly/2Sjv5CZ

 Hoteliers adjust pricing strategies to be more dynamic

Hoteliers continue to experiment with dynamic pricing but also seem to realize that even if guests receive all the industry’s latest education and thinking on rates, partnerships with online travel agencies will not be a thing of the past.

https://bit.ly/2GgkUZc

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EREVMAX SIGNS WITH ICE PORTAL TO DISTRIBUTE HOTEL VISUAL CONTENT WORLDWIDE VIA LIVEOS

eRevMax, the leading provider of hotel connectivity and online distribution solutions worldwide, has integrated with ICE Portal to help hoteliers manage, distribute and curate their online visual content for better brand visibility.

Hotels using LiveOS by eRevMax will now be able to integrate their visuals into ICE Portal’s cloud-based content management system (CMS). ICE Portal connects to thousands of leading global distribution channels as well as thousands of affiliated travel sites (including GDSs, OTAs and search sites) in twelve languages.

“We are thrilled to be working with eRevMax providing the technical solutions to manage and deliver visual content for their hotel customers everywhere,” said Henry Woodman, President, ICE Portal.

“We are glad to integrate ICE Portal within the LiveOS platform as it will help our hotel clients to optimize and distribute their property images effectively. Fresh visual content helps drive visibility which in turn will lead to better conversion for our hotel customers,” commented Gerard Carrie, COO, LiveOS.

ICE Portal is closely working with the LiveOS team at eRevMax to help optimize visuals (category, languages, meta-data, geo-codes and mapped IDs) for their supply partners worldwide to increase brand engagement and booking conversions.

Why Guest Reviews Matter? Even the negative ones

From the very beginning, a hotel’s success has a direct correlation with its reputation. if guide books and peer recommendations were the earlier source of motivation, in the age of digital, the new normal is to surf the web for hotel reputation – which alarmingly can be your biggest asset or liability.

There are several things that contribute to a hotel’s reputation – starting from pre-booking experience to service during stay – guests take note of many small and big details and form an opinion. The rating is just the reflection of the opinion. If your property provides impeccable service, create great experiences, then the positive reviews you have earned will improve your appeal and influence potential guests. The more satisfied guests you have, the more likely they are to return and spend more money, as well as recommend you to others.

According to a study by Deloitte, 59% consumers say that review sites have the most influence on their booking decisions. Another one, conducted by Cornel Hotel School in association with STR and Review Pro suggest that guest satisfaction has a direct impact on the business performances of the hotel. The study, in fact, predict, an increase of 0.89% increase in ADR due to 1 point increase in the hotel’s review score across all online and offline channels.

With Google, OTAs and review sites like TripAdvisor giving more weightage to review score, managing online reputation has become a focal point of hotel operations. With revenue being directly linked with demand, revenue management has now expanded from simple rate management and is now encompassing customer relations and social media into its strategy.

Truth to be told, reputation management is not an easy task, especially when it comes to negative reviews. Guests often over-expect and over-react which get reflected in the reviews. Interestingly, in 2017, the top 4 sites accounting for 74% of review volume are Booking.com, Google, TripAdvisor and Facebook.  Clearly, guests aren’t restricting their opinions to travel sites, but also to search engine and social media. Hotel cannot prevent reviewers from expressing their opinion. However, there is only thing they can surely do – respond, more do for negative reviews.

A recent study by Harvard Business Review suggests, replying to guest reviews results in better ratings. Interestingly, the study, which has studied TripAdvisor ratings over thousands of hotels, have found that there is a sharp drop in the rate of short negative reviews when the management starts responding to negative feedback.

Sure, it is not easy to please every guest. However, your willingness to accept constructive criticism shows your commitment to address the issues raised by the guest, which in turn assures your potential guests. Be polite and courteous, try to understand your guests’ concern and respond in a professional way.

However, guests share feedback on various review, travel and social media sites – which often lay scattered and unstructured. Online reputation management tools consolidate these guest reviews from various review websites including TripAdvisor, Bookign.com, Expedia, Agoda, Qype, Holidaycheck, Yelp, Expedia, Facebook, Twitter etc. and provide them to hotels in structured reports. Data is then compiled together into review reports which include guest details (as it appears on the site) along with their feedback and the rating they provide to the hotel. Most advanced review management sites nowadays use sentiment analysis to understand the guest’s emotion towards various aspects of the property. Keywords relevant to the properties are then identified, and ranked based on their popularity, frequency of mentions, and guests’ sentiments towards that category.

A strong visible position on guest review websites indicate that your Price Quality Index is working well, that will enable you to make the right pricing decisions based on RevPAR performance.  This will allow the hotel to flex their rates based on several pricing strategies depending on booking levels. However, there are no short cuts. It is an evolving process that must start today! As we move towards the age of consumer controlled brand conversations, hotels need to integrate customer feedback into their business approach and strategy planning.

By staying actively engaged with guests, hotels can ensure a more consistent and loyal base. Are you listening?

The Week, That Was – February 2019 Week 1

In five minutes or less, keep track of the most important news of the week, curated just for you. We present to you hand – picked news on latest industry perspectives and some general updates. Read on!!

eRevMax completes integration with Portugal based Newhotel PMS

Hotel connectivity solution provider eRevMax has completed 2-way integration with Newhotel Software, a global hospitality technology company headquartered in Lisbon, Portugal. Mutual hotel customers can leverage this integration to update rate and availability to third party online booking sites whenever they are updated in the property management system and receive reservations from OTAs.

https://www.erevmax.com/ratetiger-news/ratetiger-news-archive/jan2019-erevmax-completes-integration-portugal-based-newhotel-pms.html

2019: Time to relook at your Hotel Cancellation Policies

For a long time, hotel industry has been fairly flexible with the cancellation policies. However, with the popularity of meta-search sites, even after booking, consumers now keep track of room rates. Whenever there is a drop in the room rates of the booked hotel or it’s competing properties, guests often cancel their existing reservations and rebook.

This high cancellation rate especially closer to the arrival has a major impact on the hotel’s revenue management decision where often inflated estimation of potential occupancy level leads to sub-optimal rates and lost revenue.

https://www.erevmax.com/blog/index.php/2019/01/2019-time-to-relook-at-your-hotel-cancellation-policies/

 Hotel sales and marketing trends to watch in 2019

Sales and marketing is a constantly evolving discipline within the hotel industry, and some experts in the field recently shared their takes on what to expect heading into 2019.

http://hotelnewsnow.com/Articles/292059/Hotel-sales-and-marketing-trends-to-watch-in-2019

Corporate hotel loyalty programmes may drive adoption

A recent survey of European business travellers reveals that 43 per cent would be motivated to book a hotel with which their company has a corporate loyalty account if it guaranteed better rates. The research by the Global Business Travel Association (GBTA) in partnership with Accorhotels found 80 per cent of travel buyers said their company is not enrolled in a corporate hotel loyalty scheme. However, 60 per cent would be interested in joining one for lodging purposes, with 85 per cent saying they find the dedicated room rates offered to travellers appealing.

 https://buyingbusinesstravel.com/news/3129841-corporate-hotel-loyalty-programmes-may-drive-adoption

Guests Demand a 21st Century Stay

Guests expect reliability, ease and security when they activate their mobile room key and unlock the door. Behind that satisfying click, however, is a complex integration of separate technologies and software. Mobile access architecture comprises four parts: 1) the property system, 2) the secure mobile credential and delivery management system, 3) the app and 4) the door lock.

https://www.hotelbusiness.com/guests-demand-a-21st-century-stay-2/

Are hotels on the verge of a parity nightmare?

Booking.com appears to have rolled out its Booking.Basic feature to European hotel listings, six months after it was first spotted on listings for hotels in Asia. Booking.Basic is an accommodation tier that periodically appears on Booking.com’s hotel listings when the rate provided to Booking.com is not the cheapest available online. The rates it offers are nonrefundable and made via a third party that is only revealed to guests after they have paid to book a room.

https://www.phocuswire.com/booking-basic-triptease

Will Chinese technology give hoteliers a fat problem this Year of the Pig?

Technology is a major barrier for hoteliers when dealing with the Chinese market. At the core of the problem is the fact that the technology platforms they are used to using are all entirely different from ours. They can´t access Google, Gmail, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or even WhatsApp.

https://www.travolution.com/articles/110128/will-chinese-technology-give-hoteliers-a-fat-problem-this-year-of-the-pig

Hotelbeds adds price and availability insight to its MaxiRoom hotel extranet

Leading global accommodation wholesaler Hotelbeds revealed new features for MaxiRoom, its free hotel extranet designed to maximise hotel occupancy through its distribution channels.

More than 60,000 out of the 170,000 hoteliers who work with Hotelbeds are connected through either technology platforms or direct integrations, the firm said. That figure has doubled in the last three years

https://www.travolution.com/articles/110116/hotelbeds-adds-price-and-availability-insight-to-its-maxiroom-hotel-extranet

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