Hotel Tech News – July 2021, Week 5

RateTiger Hotel Channel Manager integrates with Simplotel, Updates from Google Hotel Ads, Booking.com and Expedia as well as Europe hotel occupancy recovery

RateTiger and Simplotel host joint webinar to showcase how hotels can accelerate direct bookings through hotel e-commerce

The two hotel technology leaders will be hosting a joint webinar on 12th August 2021 at 12pm IST to showcase how hoteliers can drive direct bookings and expand their revenue goals. The discussion will cover modern techniques and distribution tips that hotels can utilize to grow direct website bookings.

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New York City hotels on the rebound

Weekly demand for hotel rooms in New York City reached its highest level since the start of the pandemic, with over 481,000 room nights sold the week of July 12.

https://www.businesstravelerusa.com/business-traveler-usa-story/new-york-city-hotels-on-the-rebound/

“Check-in date” multiplier now available on Google Hotel Ads.

The new feature allows hotels to work with a more familiar format which OTAs also use: by check in date.

https://www.mirai.com/blog/the-much-anticipated-check-in-date-multiplier-now-available-on-google-hotel-ads/

STR: U.K. leading Europe in hotel occupancy recovery

Demand is almost exclusively leisure-driven as the U.K. has benefitted from a successful vaccination program, a phased reopening and improved travel sentiment overall.

https://str.com/press-release/str-uk-leading-europe-hotel-occupancy-recovery

Price no longer primary driver of travel decisions

New research from Expedia Group reveals shifting views on travel, including positive sentiment on vaccine passports, increased budgets, and an enduring demand for safety and financial security.

https://welcome.expediagroup.com/content/dam/marketing/welcome2eg/published-assets/whitepapers/traveler-value-index-report/EN_Traveler_Value_Index_2021.pdf

Booking.com wants to become the ultimate intersection between payments and travel

The company’s new fintech unit integrates with loads of alternative payment providers, making it easier for bookers to book, and taking pressure from hotels.

https://www.benzinga.com/fintech/21/07/22160664/booking-com-fintech-lead-unpacks-payments-pivot-vision-to-refine-travel-experience

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Leisure travel is bouncing back in parts of Asia

Tourist hotspots like Phuket are now open to international tourists who don’t have to quarantine, and others like Koh Samui are following suit.

https://www.cnbc.com/2021/07/19/travel-recovery-in-asia-but-covid-risks-remain-minor-international.html

Americans prefer hotels and resorts to vacation rentals

In addition to favoring hotels’ amenities and ease of booking, 74% of survey respondents feel hotels keep travelers safer.

https://www.valuepenguin.com/americans-prefer-hotels-and-resorts-vacation-rentals

Tips for managing a return to corporate travel

As the situation continues to change daily, there are a number of factors that can be considered now to best manage the return of business travel.

https://www.traveldailynews.com/post/tips-for-managing-a-return-to-corporate-travel

How embedded fin-tech fuels hotel bookings

Many independent hotel owners will have to up level their payments systems from legacy systems to SaaS based offerings.

https://www.paymentsjournal.com/managing-payments-how-embedded-fintech-will-fuel-travel-revenues/

Day passes help hotels plug pandemic holes in revenue

As hotels and resorts continue to look for ways to lure leisure and local travelers amid the pandemic, day passes have gained new relevance.

https://www.travelweekly.com/Travel-News/Hotel-News/Day-passes-helping-hotels-plug-pandemic-holes-in-revenue

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The Wolcott Hotel in New York improves online sales with RateTiger

Hotel Wolcott a heritage property in New York has recommended RateTiger for online distribution. The hotel has been a loyal user of the award winning hotel channel manager from eRevMax for the last five years. RateTiger has been a great partner and provided tremendous support with fast delivery of ARI and excellent support, much better compared to their previous service provider, as commented by the hotel GM.

Check out this video where Scott Erlich, General Manager at The Wolcott Hotel elaborates about his usage of RateTiger and why he strongly recommends it – https://lnkd.in/gxwJiG7

Prices of U.S. hotel stays recover to pre-pandemic level

The cost of hotel and motel accommodations in the U.S. surged 7.9% in June from a month earlier, the second-largest gain on record.

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2021-07-13/prices-of-u-s-hotel-stays-recover-to-pre-pandemic-level?srnd=pursuits-vp

Hotel loyalty programs benefiting for the long term

Hotel rewards programs have capitalized on the trend towards local vacations in a unique way and are capturing an increased share of total points exchanged. Attracting and rewarding guests for choosing your hotel over the competitors is a way of thanking them. Provide them the option to sign up for your loyalty program to increase repeat booking potential through RateTiger. Contact us today on – marketing@erevmax.com

https://ascendaloyaltycorp.cdn.prismic.io/ascendaloyaltycorp/589fe774-37f4-4911-b981-40bc54addbdb_Inflection+Point+%281%29.pdf

ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2021 to move to UAE and Oman

The recent announcement of ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2021 to move to UAE and Oman has brought a lot of cheer to both nations. Is your hotel prepared to attract bookings from Cricket fans worldwide?

Avail RateTiger’s ICC Men’s T20WorldCup Special Offer today. Contact us Now- https://lnkd.in/ge5JahW

APAC: RevPAR levels are returning

Travel and leisure segment continues to make up the majority share of occupancy across the region today, but corporate travel is also improving.

https://www.traveldailymedia.com/revpar-rising-an-apac-recovery-update/

Triptease: Four ways to boost your hotel’s direct bookings in 2021.

With global search and booking volumes continuing their gradual recovery and many hotel marketing teams back up to full strength, right now there’s a great opportunity to get on the front foot with your direct booking strategy for the second half of 2021. RateTiger is happy to present its hotel booking engine product from which you can offer a smart, responsive and powerful booking solution to maximize revenue from your direct channel. Contact us today on – marketing@erevmax.com

https://www.triptease.com/blog/boost-direct-bookings-2021/

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ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2021 to move to UAE and Oman

The recent announcement of ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2021 to move to UAE and Oman has brought a lot of cheer to both nations. With Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Sharjah and Oman hosting the matches, cricket fans from around the world are expected to make a beeline to watch the tournament.

UAE is preparing to ride high on the arrival of international tourists and the T20 World Cup provides the perfect opportunity to showcase its high safety standards and being a perfect venue for an international sporting event. The ICC T20 World Cup 2021 is likely to start on October 17 in UAE, with the final slated to be played on November 14. The event will be a catalyst for tourism growth in the region with other nearby countries expected to benefit as well. This will add further strength to the national economy and the imminent boost to tourism will have a positive impact on other sectors too.

It is a great opportunity for hotels to strategize and attract guests to their property.  Take the questions below to check your preparedness –

  • Is your hotel ready to attract bookings from Cricket fans worldwide?
  • Is your property visible on the right channels with the best rates and room packages?
  • Have you updated future availability across all distribution channels so that potential guests can make reservations now for Oct – Nov 2021 and beyond?
  • Do you have a reliable rate shopping tool that can provide you with competitor rates to understand your market position?
  • Do you have a stable connectivity partner that can make ARI and reservation updates from your PMS to OTAs and back in real-time, multiple times a day?

If your answer is NO to any of these questions, you need to step up and TAKE ACTION NOW!

It is important for hotels to continue focusing on building a strong network of channel partners to get a share of the incoming demand. A healthy distribution mix and robust technology set-up is key for your hotel. RATETIGER offers award-winning rate shopping and connectivity solutions with a network of over 450 deeply integrated global, regional and local channels including Booking.com, Agoda, Expedia, Seera, GHA, HalalBooking, Rehlat, Google, Aribnb, TripAdvisor, HRS, and hotelbeds among various others.

Contact us or a free demo today and avail our ICC Men’s T20 World Cup Special Offer*.

Some of our leading products that hoteliers love are:

RateTiger CRS / Channel Manager – Centrally manage ARI & reservations from one platform in real-time. With pooled inventory, there is no overbooking or missed reservations.

RateTiger Shopper – Know your competitors’ rate strategy across channels – access rate reports and modify room prices based on your available inventory and market conditions.

RateTiger Booking Engine – Increase your hotel’s direct sales from your brand website – integrate an intuitive booking engine to your hotel brand.com to convert lookers into bookers.

Do not miss this opportunity to attract guests to your property. Take a RateTiger demo today – https://www.erevmax.com/erevmax-contact.html

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American Hotel Brand relies on RateTiger while on course to business recovery

US based hotel and real estate management company, Thy Collection, has improved revenue and occupancy for its properties leveraging eRevMax’s channel connectivity. Two of the properties under the Bel Air Hospitality brand are managing their online distribution with RateTiger and have benefitted with greater efficiency.

https://www.erevmax.com/ratetiger-news/ratetiger-news-archive/july2021-erevmax-american-hotel-brand-relies-ratetiger-course-business-recovery.html

CWT on how the travel sector has reinvented itself

From bubble resorts, to the rise of work-cations and a new breed of sustainably conscious consumers, the travel landscape is almost unrecognizable from that of previous years.

https://news.mycwt.com/blog_posts/3-trends-shaping-the-future-of-travel-102207

Corporate travel is starting to recover

Hotels, airlines and TMCs are all reporting that there has been an increase in corporate discussions over the past few weeks, as executives are back on track for months of virtual meetings and video conferencing.

https://afegames.com/corporate-travel-rebound-signals-first-signs-of-recovery-in-decimated-sector/

Hotel CEOs on new travel trends

How traveler behavior has changed, and how hotel brands are responding to those changes. The New York University School of Professional Studies Jonathan M. Tisch Center of Hospitality recently held a CEO think tank exploring how strong leaders adapt to change.

https://www.travelagentcentral.com/your-business/hotel-ceos-new-travel-trends

Green Pass” COVID travel app smoothing travel for Europeans

Europe has started cutting some of the red tape limiting international travel with its own version of a COVID-19 “passport.”

https://www.cbsnews.com/news/covid-vaccine-passport-travel-europe-green-pass-app/

The Hotel Demand Pulse June 2021

In both the U.S. and Europe, COVID-19 cases have dropped to levels not seen since March 2020. These drops have resulted in strong demand growth in both regions. APAC has seen dramatic drops in cases as well since last month, but demand has not yet reacted with significant growth.

https://koddi.com/the-hotel-demand-pulse-june-2021/

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RateTiger certified by Global Hotel Alliance (GHA) as a recommended distribution partner

Global Hotel Alliance (GHA), the world’s largest alliance of independent hotel brands, has certified RateTiger by eRevMax, as a preferred distribution provider for its member properties. eRevMax has recently completed seamless integration with GHA, which is the latest addition to the eRevMax Ecosystem that has over 450 integrations including leading hotel technology platforms, OTAs, PMS, CRS, GDS, wholesalers, booking engines & more.

https://www.erevmax.com/ratetiger-news/ratetiger-news-archive/july2021-erevmax-ratetiger-certified-global-hotel-alliance-distribution-partner.html

U.S. travel bookings hit a new high

As of May 2021, traffic sits at 302.5M, which is higher than pre-pandemic levels. And not only are people browsing travel sites, they are also converting into customers. Top five U.S. OTA/Metasearch sites show a 24.3% increase in average monthly traffic YoY

https://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/similarweb-digital-intelligence-report-from-travel-bookings-to-job-board-listings-signs-of-recovery-evident-across-the-board-301323121.html

Younger travelers more likely to choose all-inclusive packages

New research from Expedia Group reveals the influence of inclusion and diversity on booking decisions.

https://www.expediagroup.com/media/media-details/2021/Younger-travelers-are-more-likely-to-choose-accommodations-with-inclusive-policies/default.aspx

eRevMax Partner Ecosystem Highlights – Global Hotel Alliance, Trip.com

Online travel agents are increasingly important for a hotel’s distribution strategy to make their property visible among potential travelers. Not just the right OTA mix, but also the right promotions and deals targeted at different customer segments is very critical to convert lookers into bookers. Contact us today to expand your distribution connectivity today – marketing@erevmax.com

https://www.erevmax.com/blog/index.php/2021/07/erevmax-partner-ecosystem-highlights-global-hotel-alliance-trip-com/

Tripadvisor unveils new app

Refreshed mobile app debuts alongside new “Vacations Miss You” campaign, and provides more personalized inspiration for consumers already at their destination or planning ahead.

https://tripadvisor.mediaroom.com/2021-06-29-Tripadvisor-Unveils-New-App-as-Summer-Travel-Rebounds

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eRevMax Partner Ecosystem Highlights – Global Hotel Alliance, Trip.com

   Releases Promotions API for OTAs through RateTiger CRS

2021 is set to be one of tourism’s most significant years to date. As the world slowly recovers from COVID-19 and borders gradually start to open, we expect travel to look a little different than it did pre-pandemic. Although we do not know what is going to happen next, but one thing is sure – travel will not be same as before. Travelers are now more conscious about health and hygiene. It has become essential to better understand travelers’ intentions and booking behavior.

Online travel agents are increasingly important for a hotel’s distribution strategy to make their property visible among potential travelers. Not just the right OTA mix, but also the right promotions and deals targeted at different customer segments is very critical to convert lookers into bookers.

As a distribution connectivity leader, RateTiger by eRevMax continues to promote OTAs and demand channels that can bring new reservations for hotels. RateTiger offers a network of over 450 deeply integrated global, regional and local channels and tech partners to make your data and distribution flow seamless. Below are some of our featured partners for June. Contact us today to expand your distribution connectivity today.

Global Hotel Alliance

Dubai based GHA is the world’s largest alliance of independent hotel brands, bringing together more than 35 brands with over 500 hotels in 85 countries. GHA uses a shared technology platform to drive incremental revenue and create cost saving for its member brands. GHA’s award-winning loyalty programme, DISCOVERY, provides 17 million members exclusive opportunities to immerse themselves in local culture wherever they travel. The DISCOVERY programme generates approximately $2 billion in revenue and over 8 million room nights annually. Attract guests through this unique loyalty program to achieve your business goals.

Trip.com

Trip.com, earlier known as Ctrip, is one of the leading online travel agencies in the world. With more than 1.4 million hotels in 200 countries, providing reservation services to more than 60 million users, they have built an extensive hotel network to give their customers a fantastic choice of accommodation. The OTA offers worldwide coverage, competitive prices, 24×7 customer support and secure payment options, thus making it an excellent travel channel for hotels and guests alike. Connect to Trip.com today to expand your visibility among their captive audience.

Promotions API

Attract more reservations by creating and managing Promotions and Deals on Expedia, Agoda and Booking.com, directly from your RateTiger / LiveOS dashboard. Promotions are special prices that a property can offer during a certain time window, or to a certain type of booker. You can create different types of Promotions including Basic Deal, Early Booker, Country Rates and Last Minute. Reduce a step in your daily operations – no need to go to the channel extranet for updating promotions. With RateTiger, you can manage everything from a single window! Promote exciting deals, attract the right guests and boost your hotel occupancy. The feature is free for current RateTiger Channel Manager users, contact us for more details.

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The Week, That Was – June 2021 Week 4

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eRevMax report shows optimism and positive outlook within the European hospitality sector

European Hotels are excited about summer travel and are looking to drive business recovery. For the first time since Q1 2020 European hoteliers are showing a sense of optimism. eRevMax has been carrying out regular #surveys to monitor hotel sentiment and help shed light on how they are reacting to the new normal and the changing travel trends. Through this survey report, we present hotel business outlook, booking sources, distribution mix, travel recovery timelines among other parameters. Access the full report here – https://lnkd.in/g525Umf

Hotel marketing campaigns balance emotion and innovation

Messaging draws a deeper emotional bond to travel for viewers, while activations appear in the types of digital- and mobile-first environments that a wider range of people have adopted over the past 15 months.

https://www.marketingdive.com/news/hotel-brands-balance-emotional-appeals-marketing-innovation-as-travel-spig/602265/

Budget hotels set to benefit, according to GlobalData

The data and analytics company notes that, with less budget for travel but a strong desire to escape, many will turn to budget providers to satisfy their travel cravings.

https://www.globaldata.com/budget-hotels-set-benefit-increase-price-sensitive-travelers-says-globaldata/

Europe’s reopening: Where U.S. travel advisors are sending clients

Italy and Greece are currently the most sought-after destinations, with France following not far behind.

https://www.travelpulse.com/news/destinations/europes-reopening-heres-where-travel-advisors-are-sending-clients.html

Tripadvisor sharing activities travelers loved the most

Awards have been expanded across a dozen subcategories, reflecting activities that have been hot since the start of the pandemic. Whether travellers enjoy planning in advance, or waiting to see what’s nearby once they’re in-destination, Tripadvisor’s Things to Do Awards surface recommendations for all types of travellers, according to the best guides: other travellers who have been there and done that.

https://tripadvisor.mediaroom.com/press-releases?item=126568

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eRevMax report shows optimism and positive outlook within the European hospitality sector

eRevMax has published an in-depth Europe Hotel Outlook Q2 for 2021 based on hotel survey conducted in April – May 2021. The study reflects optimism among hoteliers due to an upward reservation trend. The report showcases expectations related to booking sources, distribution mix, travel recovery timelines among other parameters.

Though Europe is still slow on recovery lane compared to North America, Middle East, China and APAC in terms of occupancy, however the speedy progression of COVID-19 vaccinations in Europe coupled with the recent introduction of the EU Digital COVID Certificate and the summer season are boosting Europeans’ travel spirit.

The findings from the eRevMax Survey show that segments like luxury and BnB are picking up faster than midscale and Budget. Occupancy and revenue remain the top priority of the hoteliers influencing their technology preference.

While historically, OTAs dominated online hotel bookings in Europe, 6 out of 10 hoteliers in the survey responded that direct booking which includes Internet Booking Engine and Call Centre has become their primary booking source in 2021.

While travel sentiment continues to improve, the survey shows that hotels are cautious and looking for ways to generate new business.

The survey finding shows that while contactless hospitality technology remains the buzzword of the season, hotels are prioritizing revenue management and channel management solutions as their most preferred technology reflecting the concern for low occupancy and revenue.

To know more such interesting key insights, please download the full report – https://www.erevmax.com/ratetiger-news/ratetiger-news-archive/june2021-erevmax-hotel-sentiment-results-european-accommodation-providers.html

 

The Week, That Was – June 2021 Week 3

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Hotel La Corte del Sole endorses eRevMax for online distribution technology

An antique masseria from the 19th century, Hotel La Corte del Sole has strongly recommended RateTiger as its technology partner of choice for hotel rate shopping, channel management and online distribution. The 4-star luxury property has been a long-standing customer of eRevMax and has seen RateTiger evolve over the years and continue to provide a positive experience for its users.

https://www.erevmax.com/ratetiger-news/ratetiger-news-archive/june2021-erevmax-hotel-la-corte-del-sole-endorses-online-distribution-technology.html

Europeans’ travel sentiment skyrockets

As Europe opens up after months of lockdowns and restrictions, interest in travel has risen distinctly, with two-thirds of Europeans intending to take a trip by the end of November 2021.

https://etc-corporate.org/news/europeans-travel-sentiment-skyrockets-in-view-of-vaccine-rollouts-and-introduction-of-eu-digital-covid-certificate/

Business travel to return to pre-pandamic levels by start of July

According to Delta CEO Ed Bastian, U.S. domestic travel should see a full recovery by the end of summer 2021 and business travel specifically could return to pre-pandemic levels by the start of July.

https://www.foxbusiness.com/lifestyle/delta-ceo-expects-business-travel-to-return-to-pre-pandemic-levels-july-1

How do cities bring back tourism?

For certain U.S. cities that rely on tourism revenue, 2020 was a devastating blow. But they’re finally bouncing back thanks to creative ingenuity.

https://www.worth.com/how-do-cities-bring-back-tourism/

Tripadvisor Plus officially launched in the U.S.

The lodging discounts come from asking hotels to take what would normally be a commission for selling a hotel, and instead passing it on to the subscriber as a discount. Hotel savings is the main draw of the $99 per year subscription program.

https://www.travelweekly.com/Travel-News/Travel-Technology/Tripadvisor-launches-US-subscription-service

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