The Week, That Was – February 2021 Week 4

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!!

RateTiger wins strong recommendation from Warwick Doha

Qatar’s leading 5-star property, Warwick Doha, has found the perfect technology partner in eRevMax and has highly recommended RateTiger suite of online distribution and rate shopping solutions to other hotels in the Middle East.

Read more about Warwick Doha’s experience with RateTiger – https://www.erevmax.com/ratetiger-news/ratetiger-news-archive/feb2021-erevmax-ratetiger-wins-strong-recommendation-warwick-doha.html

Booking.com to focus on U.S. growth

With the pace of recovery still uncertain, the company is focused on three priorities: expanding the payment platform on Booking.com, building the connected trip capabilities and growing market share in the United States.

https://www.phocuswire.com/booking-holdings-focuses-on-payment-platform-connected-trip-and-us-growth-as-q4-revenue-bookings-down-60-percent

Airbnb plans for a new kind of travel

Airbnb is introducing Flexible Search, which will allow users to forgo putting in exact dates when they look to book lodging on the platform.

https://techcrunch.com/2021/02/24/airbnb-plans-for-a-new-kind-of-travel-post-covid-with-flexible-search/

As consumers return to travel, they turn to advisors for help

Consumers, including many who never worked with a travel agent before, are turning to travel advisors as they anticipate resuming vacation plans. As a hotel, if you are looking to get offline reservations fed into your PMS, get in touch with RateTiger – we can convert bookings coming from Travel Agents and deliver them into your hotel PMS to reduce any manual error. Contact us on marketing@erevmax.com if you would like to know more.

https://www.travelweekly.com/Travel-News/Travel-Agent-Issues/As-consumers-return-to-travel-they-turn-to-advisors-for-help

Here’s Why It Pays to Book Hotel Stays Now

While low occupancy rates are bad news for hotels, they’re good news for travelers hoping to book vacations this year.

https://www.fool.com/the-ascent/credit-cards/articles/heres-why-it-pays-to-book-hotel-stays-now/

Robust travel retail growth expected in China

China will see an increase of more than 200% in international departures in 2021, reaching approximately 30 million international departures.

https://www.trbusiness.com/regional-news/asia-pacific/robust-travel-retail-growth-expected-in-china-predicts-m1nd-set/202802

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The Week, That Was – February 2021 Week 3

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!!

Webinar Invite: How to have a Winning Pricing Strategy to Drive Occupancy

As hotels tries to improve their exposure and open new demand avenues, eRevMax and Booking.com are happy to present webinar on 4th March, 2021 at 16:00 IST to showcase how hotels can put a winning pricing strategy in motion to drive demand for their properties.

Register Now – https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScz_QudRvJ_nuzC802iQkEXfX87Xm3wnSVDonSeY-WOJqzZlA/viewform

Business travel sees steady recovery in Europe

Most of the gain is expected to come at the end of 2021 as vaccinations increase globally and business confidence returns, according to GBTA’s latest BTI Outlook.

https://www.gbta.org/blog/business-travel-sees-steady-recovery-in-europe/

Expedia’s trends and predictions for 2021

New report finds people plan to travel more once a COVID-19 vaccine is widely available and will extend vacations this year, signaling industry recovery.

https://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20210216005474/en/Expedia-Group-Releases-Trends-and-Predictions-for-2021

CWT: The business case for data privacy

Throughout the pandemic, many companies have focused solely on preserving cash. But how directly involved should a CEO be in data-privacy?

https://news.mycwt.com/blog_posts/the-business-case-for-data-compliance-98811

Arabian Travel Week to ‘shape the recovery of Middle East travel industry’ says organizer

A host of events are planned to stimulate the bounce-back of the hotel, travel and tourism sectors. The hybrid Arabian Travel Market (ATM) this year will focus on the recovery of Middle East tourism, helping shape the path to recovery.

https://www.hoteliermiddleeast.com/business/123469-arabian-travel-week-to-shape-the-recovery-of-middle-east-travel-industry-says-organiser

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The Week, That Was – February 2021 Week 2

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!!

MG Group announces strategic partnership with distribution tech leader eRevMax

MG will employ eRevMax’s technology that features a seamless interface and will allow hotels to update rate and availability and receive reservations generated in the platform delivered in their hotel systems in real-time. The partnership gives eRevMax’s more than 9000 hotel clients dynamic access to the B2B industries newest demand side technology platform, MG Jarvis.

https://www.erevmax.com/ratetiger-news/ratetiger-news-archive/feb2021-erevmax-mggroup-strategic-partnership-distribution-techleader.html

Trivago: Hints of when and how travel will return

A top executive at Trivago thinks the period to understand the future of travel will be the third quarter of this year, the peak of the summer tourist season.

https://www.barrons.com/articles/trivago-earnings-offer-hints-of-when-and-how-travel-will-return-51612978912

eRevMax expands its Channel Ecosystem with MG Bedbank, HyperGuest and grabrooms

As hoteliers, are you ready to tap into domestic travel market? Are you connected to the right channels and keeping them automatically updated with rates and availability on a regular basis? Attract travellers to your hotel from RateTiger’s wide network of partners and expand your hotel’s online visibility. Connect to them today – https://www.erevmax.com/blog/index.php/2021/02/erevmax-expands-its-channel-ecosystem-with-mg-bedbank-hyperguest-and-grabrooms/

Triptease: Optimize your mobile experience for the travel rebound in Asia-Pacific.

Discover the fundamentals of a great mobile experience in this virtual workshop for hoteliers in Asia-Pacific.

https://www.triptease.com/blog/free-workshop-optimise-your-mobile-experience-for-the-travel-rebound/

Booking.com changes hotel cancellation and deposit policies

From 6 April, the website will only support cancellation and prepayment policies that require fees for the first night’s stay, 50% of the total stay or the entire stay.

https://www.thecaterer.com/news/bookingcom-cancellation-deposit-policy-change

UK travelers start booking holidays in May and onwards.

The data, released by Holiday Extras found that the top six destinations are Spain, Greece, USA, UAE, Italy and Turkey.

https://www.traveldailymedia.com/uk-travellers-are-starting-to-book-holidays-in-may-onwards/

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eRevMax expands its Channel Ecosystem with MG Bedbank, HyperGuest and grabrooms

With the Covid-19 vaccine roll-out restoring travelers’ confidence, hospitality business is expected to show signs of recovery. As demand destination is getting closer to origin, various OTAs are working with hotels to attract early bookers with more incentives and flexibilities. Hence it is important for hotels to know which channels are giving maximum exposure to their property. Here are some of our technology and channel partners leading in their specific markets. Get in touch if you wish to connect to any of our 450+ partners.

MG Bedbank

Considered South East Asia’s largest Bedbank, Indonesia based MG Bedbank is the newest addition to the eRevMax Channel Ecosystem. It works closely with over 5,500 hotels across the region and is a trusted and preferred booking platform for thousands of travel agents. If you are looking to attract new bookings, connect to this channel today.

HyperGuest

An API based platform, HyperGuest is the first open distribution marketplace where rooms move at hyperspeed. It enables direct connectivity between hotels and travel providers (Agencies, Consortia, specialist OTAs, Group Bookings). There is no cost for using the platform, hotels pay commissions only for confirmed reservations directly to the travel provider. Connect to the platform via RateTiger to capture available demand.

grabrooms

Are you looking to increase direct bookings from brand.com? Our new booking engine partner, grabrooms provide hoteliers with multiple direct booking solutions. With smart features like dynamic rate rules, powerful revenue algorithms and mobile wallet, your hotel can expand website sales. Implement a responsive and powerful booking solution for a smooth reservation experience for your guests. Contact us for more details.

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The Week, That Was – February 2021 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!!

Webinar Invite – Understanding Traveller Sentiment for Driving Hotel Business

With occupancy restrictions and changing guest expectations, hotels need to be competitive while being profitable. Join us for a webinar on 17th Feb to know how to leverage the right technology for distribution and operational efficiency.

Register today – https://www.erevmax.com/eshots/webinar/erevmax-prologicfirst-register-feb21.html

Where hotels are investing now

Technology is getting a lot of attention among hotel owners. Cloud-based technology, 5G and machine learning are among common tech investments by hotel owners, as the pandemic accelerates the need for leaner hotel operations and enhanced tech features for both staff and guests.

https://www.costar.com/article/1099742678/hotel-owners-the-driving-force-behind-tech-adoption

Capture the fastest-growing segment of bookers with Booking.com’s Mobile Rates

With the growth in domestic tourism, Booking.com is expecting almost 74% of bookings to come from a mobile phone. Adding a mobile rate to your property will increase your visibility with these customers and unlock your market potential with last-minute mobile bookings. You can update Mobile Rates on Booking.com directly from RateTiger.

https://www.erevmax.com/blog/index.php/2021/02/capture-the-fastest-growing-segment-of-bookers-with-booking-coms-mobile-rates/

Expedia expands hotel discount availability

Expedia Partner Solutions extends package rates to all TAAP travel agent members. Previously available only to a select group of partners, Expedia TAAP package rates are now available to all tiers giving them 20% on accommodation when booked alongside a transport component.

https://travolution.com/news/travel-sectors/travel-agents/expedia-travel-agent-affiliate-programme-extends-benefits-to-help-partners-recover

Agoda launches GoLocal Tonight

The new service helps hotels across Asia-Pacific to capitalize on the growing post-pandemic trend towards last-minute domestic bookings.

https://www.webintravel.com/agoda-sees-growing-demand-for-last-minute-deals-launches-new-tool/

Airbnb CEO Brian Chesky: “It’s going to be a year of focus”

Not only has focus helped Airbnb withstand the coronavirus pandemic, it will also be what sets the company up to capitalize on travel’s rebound.

https://www.phocuswire.com/airbnb-ceo-brian-chesky-going-to-be-year-of-focus

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Capture the fastest-growing segment of bookers with Booking.com’s Mobile Rates

In these uncertain times, travellers are looking for extra flexibility. As hoteliers, you need to cater to the ever-changing guest expectation to drive demand to your property.

eRevMax offer seamless connectivity to multiple channel partners to expand your online brand visibility. With the growth in domestic tourism, Booking.com is expecting almost 74% of bookings to come from a mobile phone. Adding a mobile rate to your property will increase your visibility with these customers and unlock your market potential with last-minute mobile bookings. You can update Mobile Rates on Booking.com directly from RateTiger.

The use of mobile in emerging markets has changed how travel is searched and booked and by managing mobile rates, you too can improve reservations coming from mobile bookers.

Did you know?

  • 80% of travellers use a mobile app when researching a trip*
  • 50% of accommodation searches and bookings are made on mobile*
  • Mobile rates give partners 28% more bookings from mobile traffic*
  • 2-in-3 mobile bookings are made by Millennials or younger customers. Everyone might search from mobile but Millennials book.

What is Mobile Rate?

A Mobile Rate is a special discounted rate that’s only visible when someone uses Booking.com’s app or accesses Booking.com’s website using a mobile browser. You can use Mobile Rates to increase your bookings from mobile devices by up to 28%. Mobile Rates are active throughout the year.

How does your business benefit from Booking.com’s mobile rate?

Attract more bookings

Offering mobile rate drives more potential guests to your property page.

Mobile rates on average give partners 26% more bookings from mobile customers.

Mobile rates on average give partners 3% higher click-through rate from search results to the hotel page.

Stand out in searches

Once you activate the feature, a special badge will appear next to your property in search results and on your property page and during the booking process.

Position your property to digital natives who share experiences via social media.

Target mobile users with a special discount to encourage them to book your property immediately while they are on mobile.

Better price, better reviews, better ranking

Two-thirds of mobile bookings are made by millennials – who write more reviews than any other traveller segment. Attracting these bookers can positively impact your overall ranking on Booking.com.

Millennial smartphone ownership is rising: >94% in advanced economies, and >62% in emerging economies*. Attract this customer base with a special discount.

Avoid attention shifts to a competitor when they change device and start a new search process.

How Mobile Rates work?

  • Mobile rates are only visible to guests on mobile devices (on both the Booking.com app and mobile browsers).
  • A minimum 10% discount is recommended.
  • Mobile rates apply to all your rooms and rate plans. The discount combines with discounts for the Genius programme, as well as any other promotions you have set up. However, it does not add on to Country rate or Limited-time Deal.
  • You can set up 30 blackout days per calendar year.

The majority of reservations on Booking.com’s platform is made using mobile devices, so offering a Mobile Rate helps you tap into this large group of potential guests. Mobile Rates can also help you target millennials. The property can activate, edit and deactivate the mobile rates any times.

Creating Mobile Rates via RateTiger

If you do not already have a Mobile Rate set up for Booking.com, you can easily create one using through RateTiger.

  • Log in to your RateTiger platform – https://live.ratetiger.com/#/login
  • In the main dashboard, you will see the Promotions tile. Click on Create Promotion to go to the Promotions page.
  • On this page, select Mobile Promo and then select the channel – Booking-XML
  • Input the discount / promo and click on Create. The Mobile Rate gets created for Booking.com.

You can always update the settings of your Mobile Rates or deactivate them so that potential guests no longer see them.

Lastly there are a host of additional solutions through which your property can benefit and attract more bookings. You can get full details of the Booking.com Recovery Toolkit on the partner page.

RateTiger, powered by LiveOS, provides rate shopping, channel management, booking engine and online distribution solutions to hotels worldwide. It offers 99.9% system uptime and is security certified under ISO, PCI and GDPR compliant. eRevMax continues to expand its partner base through new integrations to offer hoteliers seamless connections across different systems including PMSs, CRSs, OTAs, Metasearch channels, GDS, Wholesalers and offline tour operators among others.

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The Week, That Was – January 2021 Week 4

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!!

Skyware PMS and RateTiger offer seamlessly integrated tech solutions

Skyware and eRevMax are both known for their innovative technology and stable solutions while offering excellent connectivity and support to their hotel customers worldwide. Golden Haven Hot Springs Spa & Resort is using Skyware PMS for hotel operations as well as eRevMax’s 2-way XML solution RTConnect, for seamless online distribution through direct PMS connectivity.

 https://www.erevmax.com/ratetiger-news/ratetiger-news-archive/jan2021-erevmax-skyware-pms-ratetiger-seamlessly-integrated-techsolutions.html

UK: Staycation bookings ‘coming in thick and fast’

After the news that British residents arriving in England from Covid hotspots will have to quarantine in hotels, many holidaymakers are thinking of opting for UK destinations this summer.

https://www.bbc.com/news/business-55826646

What to know about the new customer travel planning, shopping and booking journey

The COVID-19 pandemic has changed the entire traveler journey. Now, trip research starts sooner, but travelers are waiting to book closer to departure.

https://www.phocuswire.com/the-new-customer-travel-planning-shopping-and-booking-journey

Brand USA launches COVID-19 dashboard for travel marketers

The dashboard summarizes how individual markets are performing in relation to recovery targets, which have been designed to help determine when recovery is sufficient for effective marketing activity.

https://www.thebrandusa.com/covid-19-indicator-dashboard

What Hotels Need to Know About Data Security for 2021

With so much valuable customer information being processed each day, hotels are prime targets for data breaches. It’s vital that they stay abreast of how they can protect their guests as data security evolves and technologies and threats change.

https://skift.com/2021/01/28/shiji-interview-hotels-data-security-2021/

The rise of the five-star hotel quarantine

With hotels struggling to stay afloat, it makes sense that some of them are turning to a new way to delivery hospitality – to take care of their guests.

https://www.forbes.com/sites/annabel/2021/01/26/the-rise-of-the-five-star-hotel-quarantine/?sh=5d0f1874745f

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Hoteliers to stay cautious as per eRevMax’s Hotel Sentiment Outlook 2021

eRevMax has published an in-depth Hotel Sentiment Outlook for 2021 based on hotel survey conducted in December. The report highlights varying levels of business confidence among hoteliers with Middle East showing strong travel rebound while most Western markets are far from normalcy.

The travel sector is unpredictable and with the spread of the new Covid 19 strain, the situation continues to look grim. The survey shows that hotels are cautious and looking for ways to generate new business.

As far as expectations regarding the time required for the market to recover and reach pre-Covid levels, the industry is largely divided. Around 40% of participating hoteliers felt that the travel industry will take up to 2 to 3 years to reach pre-Covid levels of business. While short term recovery has been witnessed in some regions, by and large, hoteliers feel that recovery will take longer, possibly by 2024. Almost 75% respondents believe that there will be a spike in domestic tourism while all other segments of tourism – MICE, corporate and foreign travel will continue to underperform over the next few months.

The survey findings show that hotels are prioritizing online sales to drive demand with channel management and booking engine solutions, even as there is a definite shift to automated touchless solutions.

To know more such key insights, please download the full report – https://www.erevmax.com/ratetiger-news/ratetiger-news-archive/jan2021-erevmax-hotel-survey-highlights-varying-levels-business-confidence.html

The Week, That Was – January 2021 Week 3

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 announces strategic alliance with Kenyan hotel technology provider RevSol

We are happy to announce our partnership with RevSol – who will be the official provider of RateTiger in the region. We look forward to helping African hotels increase efficiency, lower costs & improve performance through RateTiger Channel Manager and Rate Shopper among other solutions. Read more about our partnership – https://www.erevmax.com/ratetiger-news/ratetiger-news-archive/jan2021-erevmax-strategic-alliance-kenyan-hotel-technology-provider-revso.html

BCD survey reveals optimism about return of business travel

Most business travelers expect to get back on the road by mid-2021, according to BCD Travel. More than 60% of business travelers surveyed expected to be traveling regularly by mid-2021. By the end of the year, that figure could be above 90%.

https://www.travelweekly.com/Travel-News/Travel-Agent-Issues/Survey-reveals-optimism-about-the-return-of-business-travel

Global View: Hospitality, travel cautiously optimistic for 2021

Market watchers optimistic about a midyear economic turnaround. While the mood is largely optimistic, some industry leaders are cautious, agreeing that 2021 will likely be a “transition year” for the hospitality industry.

https://www.travelagentcentral.com/your-business/global-view-hospitality-travel-cautiously-optimistic-for-2021

Make 2021 count with RateTiger

In terms of technology tools, preferences vary across region. As hoteliers are you rebuilding your hospitality strategies? Take benefit of our New Year bundle product offer – this could be the vaccine your hotel needs to drive new demand! Contact RateTiger today to find out how the right technology can help you achieve your revenue goals for 2021 – https://www.erevmax.com/blog/index.php/2021/01/make-2021-count-with-ratetiger/

Europeans increasingly eager to travel during Spring 2021

Spring 2021 is now firmly in the sights of travelers, according to the European Travel Commission. Despite continuing lockdowns, Europeans are progressively interested in trips during the second quarter of 2021 as COVID-19 vaccines are rolled out.

https://etc-corporate.org/uploads/2021/01/2021ETC_MSIET_Wave_4.pdf

UK hotel sector outperforms Europe through lockdown

UK regional hotels are recording some of the highest occupancy rates in Europe owing to domestic long-stay visitors during the pandemic.

https://travelweekly.co.uk/articles/398657/uk-hotel-sector-outperforms-europe-through-lockdown

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Make 2021 count with RateTiger

We are living in unprecedented times and Covid-19 has – in more ways than one – altered the way we live, think, work, or even socialize with people around us.  With the Covid-19 vaccine roll-out restoring travelers’ confidence, hospitality business is expected to show signs of recovery. It is a crucial time for hoteliers to remain resilient and be prepared to drive demand. Hence a healthy distribution mix and robust technology set-up is key for your hotel.

RateTiger is happy to present its integrated distribution platform to make revenue management effective and seamless. Contact us  for a free demo to see how we can help you capture demand through tactical planning.

Avail our New Year Offer* – get 2 months free upon signing a 12-month subscription.

CRS / Channel Manager – Centrally manage ARI & bookings – access 450+ channels & diversify your distribution mix through 2-way XML connectivity

Rate Shopper – Analyze competitor rate strategy across channels to stay ahead in the market

Booking Engine – Increase your hotel’s direct sales and maximize booking opportunities

GDS Connectivity – Connect to all major GDS – publish ARI across 600,000 travel agents worldwide

Metasearch Marketing – Manage all metasearch sites including TripAdvisor & Google Hotel Ads directly from RateTiger

Website Development – Customized responsive website design for better engagement to drive conversions

Business Analytics – Get insights on pace, occupancy, channel performance & other metrics for informed decision making

Take benefit of our New Year offer – this could be the vaccine your hotel needs to drive new demand! We look forward to working with you.

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