CHANNEL UPDATE – SEERA and ESTUR join the eRevMax Partner Ecosystem

Booking.com introduces Promotions API through RateTiger CRS

A host of popular destinations are reopening and starting to welcome travelers again. As hoteliers, are you implementing relevant solutions to optimize your hotel revenue and selling on the right channels?

eRevMax continues to integrate with distribution partners worldwide and this week’s highlighted channels include Seera (formerly Al Tayyar Travel Group), the largest travel and tourism group in the MENA region as well as ESTUR the popular Tour Operator company in Mexico. Various OTAs have launched multiple programs revolving around stricter cleaning protocols and safety measures to help hotels attract more guests.

Further, eRevMax has been working closely with Booking.com to develop the Promotion API, so that hotels can create and manage promotions and packages directly from their RateTiger / LiveOS platforms.

Connect to any of our 400+ demand partners and manage all your channels seamlessly from one central platform – RateTiger. Reach out to us if you wish to connect to any of our integrated channel partners.

Seera

Looking to expand into MENA region and get your brand in front of a qualified and affluent audience? Connect to Seera (previously known as Al Tayyar Travel Group). Headquartered in Riyadh, Seera witnessed 4.3 million mobile app downloads and had 3.2 million travellers making their bookings through them last year. Seera’s leading travel brands include Tajawal, Elaa and Mawasim targeting different market segments. Through Mawasim, SEERA Group’s B2B solution provider for Hajj & Umrah tourism, 30M umrah visitors are expected to travel by 2030. Get your share of bookings in the Saudi and Middle East market with Seera – add them to your distribution network today and increase online bookings.

Estur
If you are targeting leisure travellers in Latin America, sign up with ESTUR, the popular Travel Wholesaler / Tour Operator company in Mexico working with airlines, travel agencies and hotels for more than 30 years. ESTUR believes in exploring new hotel concepts and offers its client the best options. The channel focuses on beach destinations and city hotels and selectively picks properties in each market that it can sell in volume. Get your property listed with ESTUR to attract domestic bookings in Mexico.

Booking.com Promotions

Attract more reservations by creating and managing Promotions and Deals on Booking.com, directly from your RateTiger / LiveOS dashboard. Promotions are special prices that your hotel can offer during a certain time window, or to a certain type of booker. You can create three types of Promotions – Basic Deal, Mobile Rate and Profile Rate. Reduce one more 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 and boost your hotel occupancy – capture the available demand and increase online revenue. Contact us to know how it works.

Are you looking to manage any new channel from your RateTiger platform? CONTACT US TODAY – https://www.erevmax.com/erevmax-contact.html

Saudi Arabia Shows A Positive Year for Travel

Hospitality in Saudi Arabia is showing the strongest recovery from the Covid-19 shutdown in Middle East, with advance hotel bookings steadily rising. The Kingdom is developing several new projects to enhance tourism as part of the country’s strategy to diversify its oil-dependent economy. Tourism and hospitality sectors are expecting a big push with new opportunities through government grants and aids.  The Kingdom has been easing travel restrictions and started welcoming tourists and issued more than 400,000 tourism visas, as per Saudi Tourism Authority’s Hamidaddin, which is making the Kingdom the fastest growing destination in the world. In addition, travel restrictions are expected to be lifted in Saudi Arabia for citizens at the beginning of 2021.

The Government has announced its plans to reopen the two holiest sites in Islam to pilgrims in October. Local and foreign residents of Saudi Arabia will be permitted to enter the Grand Mosque in Mecca and the Prophet’s Mosque in Medina for the year-round umrah pilgrimage seven months after visits were suspended.

Recently Saudi Tourism Authority started a campaign “Saudi Summer” which is encouraging their native travelers and expats to enjoy 10 destinations from Red Sea, beaches and forests to mountain peaks and historic areas. The authority is working with 90 travel trade and hospitality partners to create more than 100 packages across the 10 destinations. In August, the advance bookings in Saudi Arabia exceeded pre-Covid level reaching 110%, as per eRevMax, an award winning travel technology company. The country is already starting to welcome a limited number of pilgrims following months of tight restrictions. The total number of inbound and outbound tourist trips in Saudi Arabia is expected to reach 62 million trips by the end of 2020.

Over time, domestic tourism in Saudi Arabia has received a major boost, which is helping the Kingdom’s economic recovery. The Saudi Authority are looking to reopen the Umrah market in a phased manner and are expected to announce new measures and protocols to boost travel confidence. Further, OTAs like our partners Seera, Halal Booking and other sales channels have been offering promotions and discounts on online bookings, which is proving to be attractive for traveller and pilgrims. This has led to a rise in domestic tourists who are now making a beeline for Saudi Arabia to experience its ancient trade centers and unexplored places within the kingdom.

Saudi Arabia has the second highest number of Covid-19 cases in the region. However, with patient recovery rate higher than the global average, the Kingdom has been easing restrictions since June.

With increasing competition and price sensitive guests, hoteliers need to ensure they are visible on multiple OTAs and metasearch channels as well as keep their brand website updated to be able to achieve maximum occupancy and meet revenue targets. Hence, knowing the right channels that bring business to your city is a key and being connected to them is very important for your online sales strategy. To find out how you can improve online revenue, contact us today and speak to our connectivity advisor – https://goo.gl/3gKUJZ

 

Introducing Promotions for Booking.com through RateTiger CRS

RateTiger Central Reservation System has been enhanced allowing users to create and manage promotions for Booking.com directly from their RateTiger dashboard. Promotions are special prices that a property can offer during a certain time window, or to a certain type of booker. In RateTiger Settings, they appear under the Promotions tab in the Inventory Module.

On booking.com, hotels can create three types of Promotions from their RateTiger dashboard – Basic Deal, Mobile Rate and Profile Rate.

Basic Deal Promotion:

  • Easy and fully customizable promotion, which will give the guest a discount on selected rooms and rates.
  • Customize the promotion for everyone or members only
  • Control on MLOS, Dates and Room Type
  • Hotels can run the promotion for various Rateplan and Payment options

Mobile Rate Promotion: Options for-

  • an app only rate- i.e, guests booking (only) through Booking.com mobile app would get this discount
  • dot rate and t.dot rate- i.e, guests booking through the Booking.com website on their mobile browser

Profile Rate Promotion:

  • Target the promotion to a certain set of guests
  • Discount can be displayed only to verified, logged-in business travelers, and will apply to all your room types, rates and dates except excluded.

Monitor your Promotions:

  • On your RateTiger dashboard, the View and Apply Promotion widget provides a detailed report of all the existing promotions and allow users to modify / deactivate a campaign.

RateTiger CRS, powered by LiveOS, is the next-generation reservation management platform for hotel revenue managers to manage multiple distribution channels including web, mobile, voice, travel agent and online travel agent (OTA) channels.

This is a very exciting opportunity as this marks the start of a series of upcoming releases, to give hotels different ways to create and sell Promotions on multiple platforms through RateTiger.

Get connected to RateTiger today and start selling promotions. Reach out to us for your connectivity needs to make the most of your online revenue- https://goo.gl/3gKUJZ

 

Finbat.ma and Fiesta PMS join the eRevMax Partner Ecosystem

Agoda promotes its GoLocal program to RateTiger hotel users

As travel reopens across different geographies, domestic travel is on the rise. At present hotel occupancy is driven by staycations, drive-in and local travelers. This is the time for hoteliers to evaluate their online distribution mix and capitalize on the local channels. The ground rule of working with any distribution/sales channel is to ensure that you keep your hotel listing up-to-date to give a true picture to the guests. Knowing the right channels that bring business to your city is a key and being connected to them is very important to increase your hotel’s presence online.

Here are some of our newly connected channel and tech partners leading in their specific markets. Get in touch if you are looking to expand your distribution connectivity and wish to connect to any of our 400+ OTA and PMS channel network.


Finbat.ma

If you are looking to connect to a regional OTA in Morocco, Finbat.ma can be a good bet. Offering a variety of accommodation across Morocco, this channel attracts bookings both from native and international travellers and is focused on providing high-quality service and a great travel experience. If you have a hotel in Morocco, get your property listed with Finbat.ma to attract domestic bookings in your city.

Agoda GoLocal

With domestic bookings becoming the key revenue generator, Agoda GoLocal program could be beneficial for your property. Through a multi-platform marketing campaign, Agoda aims to generate more demand and bookings for your property from travellers in your country. Simply offer domestic customers an additional 10% discount on top of existing channel discount. Contact us today for more details.

FiestaPMS

Our newest PMS partner, Fiesta Technologies, is a popular technology provider in Philippines. It offers a wide range of features and functionalities for full-service hotels and chains, as well as independent properties. Known for its user-friendly interface and quick support response time, Fiesta can be a great partner for your property. If you are looking for a PMS provider, get in touch with us today.

Are you looking to manage any new channel from your RateTiger platform? CONTACT US TODAY – https://www.erevmax.com/erevmax-contact.html

 

Airbnb and BedLinker join the eRevMax Channel Ecosystem

Booking.com promotes its Genius program to RateTiger hotel users

With multiple studies and reports reflecting a spike in travel bookings, it has become imperative for hotels to use the right channels to make their inventory visible at every customer touchpoint. eRevMax continues to integrate with distribution partners worldwide and this week’s highlighted channels include Airbnb, the fastest growing global guest community platform as well as Bedlinker, the first B2B e-commerce exchange for travel agents to book hotels in Vietnam.

Various OTAs have launched multiple programs to help hotels attract more guests as well as offer a safe and clean stay environment. Booking.com’s Genius Program finds a mention in this post – read on for more details.

We are happy to assist with your distribution connectivity needs. Connect to any of our 400 demand partners and manage all your channels seamlessly from one central platform – RateTiger.

Airbnb

You can now manage your property on Airbnb via RateTiger/ LiveOS. Airbnb is the fastest growing global guest community with an average of over 2 million stays per night. Airbnb’s accommodation marketplace provides access to over 7 million unique places to stay in more than 100,000 cities worldwide. Contact us today to connect to Airbnb or manage your existing connection via RateTiger.

BedLinker

Are you looking to connect to local travel agents in Vietnam? BedLinker.com is the first and only B2B e-commerce exchange that offers an open trading platform, where travel agencies are directly connected to a large number of hotels, resorts and many other types of accommodation. Agents can check various hotel prices and make bookings for their guests instantly via bedlinker.com. Connect to the channel today to get your share of domestic bookings.

Booking.com – Genius Program

Attract travellers to your hotel with Booking.com’s Genius Program. It can help you get more bookings, faster. As a Genius partner, your property will get a special Genius tag, ranking boost and better visibility in search results on Booking.com. On average, hotels who join Genius increase their bookings by 18% and their revenue by 17% (even including the cost of the discount). Contact us today for more details.

Are you looking to manage any new channel from your RateTiger platform? CONTACT US TODAY – https://www.erevmax.com/erevmax-contact.html

Rebuilding Together – Recovery Toolkit for Hotels by Booking.com

With countries around the world starting to ease the lockdown phase, we are seeing encouraging signs with travel related bookings starting to trickle in. Travel businesses including hotels are in a crucial stage where they need all the support to attract guests to their properties. We as technology providers offer seamless connectivity to multiple channel partners for you to expand your online brand visibility. Booking.com, one of our key connectivity partner, has rolled out a very useful Recovery Toolkit to help you convert demand into tangible bookings. The toolkit covers a whole range of things – from showcasing the latest platform updates and tools, to expanding Solutions content to help hoteliers make the right business decisions.

Here are some highlights of the Booking.com Recovery Toolkit for your reference –

The importance of flexibility – Given the dynamic nature of current times and evolving travel advisories around the globe, it is important that hotels and accommodation providers offer flexible booking and cancellation policies. Travelers want to have the option to adapt travel plans if a change in circumstances affect them. Increasing the flexibility of policies will make the property more attractive to the travelers and will give the property a better chance of being booked. Booking.com has built a new tool to help hotels easily update their rate plan policies and secure more bookings in times of low demand and high uncertainty. In one step, hotels can convert multiple free cancellation policies for their existing rate plans to “Flexible – 1 Day”. This will allow guests to cancel for free up to one day before the arrival date. If they cancel within one day before the arrival date, the guest will be charged the cost of the first night.

Optimize your pricing – Booking.com’s research shows that potential guests currently want flexibility and a great price. Through the Booking.com portal, hotels can see both local and last-minute bookings in countries where recovery is beginning, as well as future travel planning. But travelers want to be confident that their bookings are flexible enough to adapt to changing circumstances. com’s new framework makes it easier for hotels to understand how the pricing solutions can help them respond to travelers’ requirements and drive the occupancy they need.

Showcase your property’s safety measures – It has become super important for hoteliers to show how they are protecting their guests. com’s new Health and Safety Protocol provides guidance to help minimize risk for both hotels and their guests. Before the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, few travelers gave a second thought to sleeping in a bed that hundreds of others had slept in. But now, what travelers touch and who they interact with is at the top of their list of concerns. It’s now critically important for hotels to build confidence and set expectations for guests around health and cleanliness, so you can capture available demand. Your goal is to make guests feel confident that their stay will be as safe, clean, and comfortable as in their own home.

  • Safety features and cleaning – If you offer hand sanitizer, disinfectant wipes, or follow specific local regulations, indicating these will help you inspire guest confidence.
  • Physical distancing – Highlight contactless check-in and check-out, cashless payment, or other ways that you are helping guests maintain social distance.
  • Food safety – Point out changes in your operational practices that are designed to support food safety for in-room and public dining.

Increase your visibility through Genius programAttract travellers to your hotel with the Genius Program. It can help you get more bookings, faster. As a Genius partner, your property will get a special Genius tag, ranking boost and better visibility in search results on Booking.com. On average, hotels who join Genius increase their bookings by 18% and their revenue by 17% (even including the cost of the discount).

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 their partner page.

In times like these, it’s especially helpful to get support from other partners. Share insights and advice on #Rebuilding with fellow Booking.com partners – https://partner.booking.com/en-gb/community

Pegipegi , Veturis Travel and Jet2holidays join the eRevMax Channel Ecosystem

A host of popular destinations are beginning to ease Covid19 lockdown and border restrictions and are starting to welcome tourists back. Are you making your property visible on the right channels? Automate your hotel online distribution with RateTiger. Get competitive rate intelligence with RTShopper; and manage ARI & reservation delivery with RateTiger Channel Manager – all in real-time from a single platform!

Here are some of our newly connected channel partners leading in their specific markets. Get in touch if you are looking to expand your distribution connectivity and wish to connect to any of our 400+ OTA channel network.

Pegipegi

Pegipegi is one of the most popular online travel agencies in Indonesia. Launched in 2012, Pegipegi currently offers more than 25,000 hotels in Indonesia, 25,000 flight routes, as well as more than 2,800 train routes. Add them to your distribution network and increase online bookings.

Veturis Travel

Are you looking to attract business travelers? Headquartered in Spain, Veturis Travel is a global online wholesale travel agency with a presence in 90 countries. They delivered over 700,000 reservations last year and is trusted by over 25,000 agencies. Get your property listed now to grow your corporate booking share.

Jet2holidays

UK’s second largest holiday operator, Jet2holidays offer incredible value package holidays to over 60 destinations across Europe, the Mediterranean, the Canaries and beyond. With over a million holiday packages booked on this channel annually, you may consider adding Jet2holidays to your distribution network.

Are you looking to manage any new channel from your RateTiger powered by LiveOS platform? CONTACT US – https://www.erevmax.com/erevmax-contact.html

 

 

WinqBid, NexusTours and Travelcircus join the eRevMax Channel Ecosystem

With domestic travel on the rise, it is important for hotels to focus on channels that can help them get more business. The ground rule of working with any distribution/sales channel is to ensure that you keep your hotel listing up-to-date to give a true picture to the guests. Knowing the right channels that bring business to your city is a key and being connected to them is very important to increase your hotel’s presence online.  Here are some of our newly connected channel partners leading in their specific markets. Get in touch with us if you wish to connect with these channels or any of our 400+ distribution channel network.

Winqbid

Are you looking for new ways of generating bookings? Our newest demand partner – Winqbid offers a mobile-first platform with innovative live auction-style booking process. It provides a curated customer demand alert feature where guests can win a last-minute stay at a great deal or compete for a premium room when everything’s sold out.

Winqbid invites you to join its special Covid-19 Heroes Appreciation Program to offer much needed Rewards & Recognition to health care workers and emergency first responders. Through this program, you can offer a free room night to first responders, which in turn may lead to paid bookings if the guest chooses to book multiple room nights.

RateTiger Introductory Offer: Sign up today and get commission free auctions for three months and a year of discounted rates thereafter. Contact us now – marketing@erevmax.com

NexusTours

Looking to expand into the Caribbean market and get your brand in front of a qualified audience? Connect to NexusTours, one of the leading Destination Management Company in the Caribbean, Central and North America with presence in more than 58 destinations. Its catalog includes more than 16,000 hotel and tourist accommodation options, airport and local transfers as well as 7,500+ activities, adapted to the needs of all types of travelers. Contact us today to know more about this channel.

Travelcircus

With increasing focus on domestic travel and staycations, we are happy to present our new partner Travelcircus – they specialize in weekend getaways, exciting city trips and luxurious but affordable wellness holidays in Germany & Europe. By combining 4 and 5 star hotels with hotel services and popular attractions, Travelcircus creates unique packages at attractive prices. The channel has catered to more than 700,000 travelers from 20 different countries. Enlist with this channel to grow your online booking revenue.

Are you looking to manage any new channel from your RateTiger powered by LiveOS platform? CONTACT US – https://www.erevmax.com/erevmax-contact.html

Rebuilding Hospitality for the New World

The travel and hospitality industry globally has faced unprecedented impact due to the coronavirus pandemic which has adversely affected hotel revenue, occupancy and ADR.  Hotel industry is going to see many changes after Covid 19. Now it’s time for hoteliers to work on various strategies, how the industry can move towards profitability.

Few significant steps, hoteliers can take for their staff and guests:

Contactless technology – Adoption of smart technology such as face recognition and digital key

Strict Cleaning Protocols– Self-cleaning rooms, deep sanitization routine, providing masks and sanitizers to all guests

Intelligent Benchmarking – Real-time pricing intelligence to properly capitalize on demand

Focus on Profit –  Hoteliers now need to focus on their operational health. During this slowdown it is easy to see how RevPar are actually are. As now cash flow is less, it is important for hoteliers to know the money flowing in bottom line. So it’s time to use complete metrics like gross operating profit per available room (GOPPAR), to benchmark performance like how your hotel really makes and how much money you’re putting into operation.

Integrated System – Integrated revenue management, distribution and reservation system

Focus On Domestic – Staycations, drive-ins and domestic travel is the new hot. Soft sell offerings like welcoming pets, live music,  small meeting spaces, private rooms, suites, or private sauna/spa facilities to attract local travelers.

Knowing your new source markets in the post COVID world – Monitor the travel advisory to identify source markets hoteliers can tap as soon as recovery begins.

Create Long Stay Package – Short international trips to be replaced with longer in-country stays, since the increase in remote working allows more people to work from anywhere.

Shortened Booking Window – As the booking window gets shortened, hotels need to attract early bookers with more incentives and flexibilities.

Healthy Distribution MixSpread your inventory across multiple channels to capitalize on different demand sources – focus on regional OTAs and Metasearch sites along with brand website and offline source.

Along with these hoteliers need to analyse the data and be prepared to reallocate their budget and find creative ways to serve the needs of their local customers and communities.

Hotels should target the right OTAs and need to do strong planning to acquire guests.  Relying on only one channel can be much more challenging to bounce back than the ones that have a healthy distribution mix, including direct solutions like metasearch and website as well as indirect solutions like Online Travel Agencies (OTAs).

Considered one of the best hotel channel manager in the market, RateTiger is integrated with more than 400 OTAs and working closely with 9000 hotels globally. It is the connectivity partner of choice for large hotel groups, mid-scale chains as well as independent properties in both luxury and budget segment worldwide providing solutions through its core product brands – RateTiger , LiveOS and AgentX101 . Here is a list of partners we connect to – https://www.erevmax.com/erevmax/erevmax-partners-details.html

We would like to be of assistance to suggest new ways & means of increasing online & offline business for your property. Let’s work together to rebuild travel and help each other earn more business. Connect with us for your connectivity needs to make the most of hotel online revenue- https://www.erevmax.com/erevmax-contact.htmls

 

 

 

Hotel Guest Expectations in the time of COVID-19

For a traveler, a hotel room is like a home away from home. The one main exception however is that hundreds of strangers would have used that hotel room in the past. Hence maintaining cleanliness is very important in the hospitality industry, but with the spread of COVID-19, in which it is said that the virus can live on surfaces for a few hours to days, proper sanitization of guest rooms has become paramount.

In today’s times, it is important that hotels align with changes in guest expectations and take appropriate measures to make the guests feel safe and comfortable. eRevMax shares some tips that hotels can implement now to be future ready for when travel rebounds and guests start to pour-in.

To connect to new source markets or other tips and tricks on improving your hotel revenue flow,  reach out to us on marketing@erevmax.com.