The Week, That Was – February 2018 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!!

Fragmented distribution makes corporate hotel booking compliance a challenge

Travel managers want to control costs, ensure travellers’ safety and comfort, and obtaining data helps them to optimise programmes, pricing and policies. It’s important to understand why a traveller is booking out of policy – is it location, price or experience?

https://buyingbusinesstravel.com/feature/0728387-hotel-distribution-swimming-channels

The Travel Agent of the Future

The Internet, said experts, would replace retail agencies as customers looked to big Online Travel Agencies (OTAs) to search and book their travel plans.

https://goo.gl/tGXSuD

Three ways metasearch will empower hotels to compete in 2018

As the hotel-branded direct booking with metasearch channel becomes mainstream, our partner trivago lists out the upcoming trends for 2018.

https://www.tnooz.com/article/three-ways-metasearch-will-empower-hotels-to-compete-in-2018/

Hospitality Poised for Growth in Bookings in 2018

Travel is becoming more experience-driven, and most hoteliers are concentrating innovation on the higher tiers, perhaps at the detriment of the midscale segment. “If there is one segment that should capture the attention of hotel developers in 2018, it is midscale hotels,” according to the outlook. “Forward-thinking hotel brands are already taking advantage of the opportunity to deliver travelers some of the look, feel and experience of a pricy lifestyle hotel in an affordable package.

https://www.hotelbusiness.com/outlook-hospitality-poised-for-growth-in-bookings-in-2018/

Hotels—Not OTAs—Own the Data That Makes the Difference

Hotels should aim to lead the market and proactively take share. The way to do that is to wield a hotel’s historical performance, customer data from the CRM, and actual on-property spending from folio data in the hotel’s pricing strategy. Most importantly, hotels should set their rates for the maximum profit and gauge how their pricing—not their competitors’—affects the properties’ demand.

http://lodgingmagazine.com/hotels-not-otas-own-the-data-that-makes-the-difference/

Google updates UX to make flight and hotel bookings easier on mobile

This week, Google is rolling out improvements to its mobile experience for its flights, hotels, and discovery products. The company, which has long made for anxious hand-wringing with its travel products, has made navigating on mobile much more straightforward. From searching through reviews to exploring hotel room categories to the actual bookings, the next iteration is a tighter, more integrated experience.

https://www.tnooz.com/article/google-updates-ux-flight-and-hotel-bookings-easier-on-mobile/
   
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eRevMax integrates with Moroccan PMS Pluri-Hotel


eRevMax has become the first connectivity provider to complete 2-way integration with Moroccan PMS company Pluriel. The strategic partnership between the two leading hospitality software specialists will allow hotels to manage their revenue and online distribution with only one application.

Pluriel is one of the upcoming PMS providers in the Maghreb region currently serving over 150 hotels.  Accommodation providers using the tool can leverage RateTiger and RTConnect to distribute availability and pricing to a variety of third party booking sites and receive reservations directly. 
“Lower tier accommodation providers within developing countries have been facing challenges trying to strive for business in the online world. Through this partnership, we are solving properties and hotel owners’ problems with technology that is simple and easy to operate. eRevMax’s connectivity with 300+ online channels will allow them to expand their online visibility,” said Idriss Rahmani, General Manager, Pluriel.
“Our interface with Pluri-Hotel PMS provides hoteliers an option to manage online channels cost effectively without worrying about maintaining online inventory manually across each booking website. The secure XML connection ensures live rate and inventory updates as well as booking data retrieval, thereby keeping the hotel PMS updated at all times,” said Ashis Saha, SVP – Project Management, eRevMax. 

eRevMax completes 2-way integration with ResAvenue


Hotel connectivity expert eRevMax has completed integration with ResAvenue, a popular online hospitality solution provider in India. The integration will facilitate hotels using ResAvenue to update rates and availabilities directly to their brand.com through RateTiger and RTConnect interface. 
Mumbai based ResAvenue is a ‘plug and play’ booking engine & CRS offering multi-lingual responsive and personalized booking experience to over 1000 hotel customers in South Asia and Middle East. The 2-way interface enables eRevMax to capture and deliver online direct bookings to the hotel PMS instantaneously, thereby eliminating manual handling of reservation notification and chances of overbooking. 
A hotel can augment its revenue stream with the establishment of smooth and seamless connectivity between the property and its other partners in the distribution ecosystem. ResAvenue is thrilled about the deep integration via 2-way connectivity between eRevMax, the leading online distribution technology provider, and our ResAvenue CRS. This collaboration effectively harnesses the potential of cutting-edge hospitality technologies to automate distribution and boost the hotel’s revenue,” commented Akhil Thakur, Manager-Travel Industry Services, ResAvenue
“At eRevMax, we give utmost priority to offering hotels a diverse range of connectivity solutions. By integrating with ResAvenue, we have expanded our core distribution offering, the real-time 2-way connectivity with hotel systems and online sales channels to include the hotel brand.com site,” said Ashis Saha, SVP – Project Management, eRevMax

Both the companies are attending Arabian Travel Market in Dubai from 24 – 27 April 2017. To set a meeting, please contact marketing@erevmax.com

Dubai based star hotel experiences 600% growth in online business with RateTiger

Astoria Hotel in Dubai shared recently that it experienced 600% growth in online business over the last 3 years with RateTiger channel management and rate intelligence solutions.
Alankar Borkar – Manager –Sales & Reservation at the hotel says Rate parity & accurate inventory management are must to maintain your property at par with your competitors, specially clusters like Bur Dubai which are very price sensitive. Being heritage property in Dubai was a tough transition period for us to market on dynamic platforms – we can say eRevMax – RateTiger is our most important partner in this transition. We have stretched our online market to 38 % in the last 3 years due to excellent support & tools from RateTiger. We highly recommend RateTiger products especially in Dubai.”

Astoria Hotel is a three-star property with over 100 rooms. RateTiger’s real-time connectivity with over 300 online sales channels has facilitated the property to connect to the better producing OTAs, resulting in an increase in online business share from 5% to 38% over 3 years’ period.

The Middle East is the fastest-growing region for travel with the UAE being the dominant market. With over 15 million overnight visitors, Dubai has seen double digit growth in mid-market travel segment. RateTiger solutions have enabled Astoria Hotel to maintain real-time rate and availability in OTAs based on sound business intelligence.

Ali Kansou, Regional Sales Director at eRevMax will be present at Arabian Travel Market in Dubai from 24 – 27 April 2017. To set a meeting, contact marketing@erevmax.comtoday.