What’s New in Hotel Online Distribution and Tech Trends? W2, December 2023

Here is your weekly industry news round-up. Check out the short snippets here and follow below for more details. 

  • Future travel trends: Sustainability, AI, and slow travel 
  • Indonesia is considering visa-free entry to 20 countries 
  • ATM 2024: Global market value to pass $1 trillion by 2027 
  • Marriott raises the bar with all-inclusive luxury resorts 
  • Lemon Tree launches its 10th property in Maharashtra 

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Upcoming travel fads: Sustainability, AI, and slow travel 

Travellers from the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) plan to increase their spending on breaks and holidays over the next three years. They will have more of an eye on sustainability than ever before. Most now check the sustainability of their travel plans and are prepared to pay over 20% more for environmentally friendly accommodation.  


Indonesia is considering visa-free entry to 20 countries 

Indonesia will consider visa-free entry to let more nationalities attract more tourism spending. It somewhat reverses earlier restrictions of the country’s entry rules. The government is proposing to add 20 countries to the list. It includes the US, China and India, said Tourism Minister Sandiaga Uno after a cabinet meeting on Thursday. 


ATM 2024: Key trends shaping the trillion-dollar travel market 

 Attendees from around the world will explore opportunities spanning the full spectrum of travel and tourism – including leisure, business, luxury and meetings, incentives, conferences and exhibitions (MICE) – at the 31st edition of Arabian Travel Market (ATM), which will take place at Dubai World Trade Centre (DWTC) in the UAE from Monday 6 to Thursday 9 May 2024. Allied Market Research valued the global business travel market at $689.7 billion in 2021, predicting the segment to grow to $2.1 trillion by 2031.  


Marriott raises the bar with all-inclusive luxury resorts 

All-Inclusive by Marriott Bonvoy welcomed Marriott Hotels to its portfolio. Beginning in early 2024 with Marriott Cancun, An All-Inclusive Resort, guests can connect with the local culture through experiences, entertainment, and hospitality. With nearly 600 hotels and resorts, Marriott Hotels has affected modern business and leisure travelers, which represents an opportunity to invite travelers of Marriott Bonvoy’s flagship hotel brand for all-inclusive trips. 


Lemon Tree launches its 10th property in Maharashtra 

Lemon Tree Hotels Limited announces the opening of Lemon Tree Hotel, Dapoli. This is the 10th property of the group in Maharashtra. The hotel offers 50 rooms, Citrus Café – a multi-cuisine coffee shop, and Slounge – the hip recreational bar and banquet & conference spaces for all event requirements. It also has a well-equipped fitness centre and a refreshing swimming pool to keep you fresh like a lemon. 


That’s all folks!

What’s New in Hotel Online Distribution and Tech Trends? W4, November 2023

Here is your weekly industry news round-up. Check out the short snippets here and follow below for more details.

  • IHG Expands in Taif with Two New Hotels in Saudi Arabia
  • MHG Acquires Courtyard Hotel, West Palm Beach
  • Orange Hospitality Unveils Festive Season
  • Taj Earns Double Honors
  • Bay Gardens Resorts’ Black Friday BOGO Plus Sale

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IHG plans two new hotels in Taif as Saudi signing spree continues

IHG Hotels & Resorts has announced the signing of two new properties in Al Shafa, Taif: Holiday Inn & Suites Taif and Staybridge Suites Taif. These hotels, set to open in Q4 2025, mark the debut of these IHG brands in the city.


MHG Hotels acquires Courtyard West Palm Beach Airport.

MHG Hotels announced the recent acquisition of Courtyard West Palm Beach Airport, marking a milestone in the company’s growth. The property offers 103 guestrooms designed to provide guests with a contemporary environment, and its amenities include an outdoor pool & spa, a full-service bistro, and access to the Tri-Rail, Brightline, and West Palm Beach International Airport.


Orange Hospitality introduces the festive season.

As the festive season approaches, Orange Hospitality is prepared to welcome guests to its award-winning restaurants , pledging a memorable and delectable experience for all with its unwavering commitment to culinary excellence, exceptional service, and inviting ambiance.


Double honours for Taj

Indian Hotel Company’s iconic brand ‘Taj’ emerged as a standout winner at the World Hospitality Awards in Paris. Hospitality Awards honours exceptional exemplarity and excellence of hospitality industry in Human Resources, Social Responsibility, Marketing and Communication and Innovation.


Bay Gardens Resorts announces Black Friday BOGO Plus room sale.

A locally owned and award-winning hotel chain in St. Lucia, Bay Gardens Resorts, has recently disclosed an advanced Black Friday “BOGO Plus” room sale along with other community-based experiences. Bay Gardens Resorts has collaborated with local independent restaurants like Bambooze, along with well-known trips, to provide guests a local experience to remember.


That’s all folks!

Industry round-up on Hotel Distribution and Technology News – W1, August 2021

Bhagini Icon premier Hotel India shares a strong recommendation for RateTiger Hotel Channel Manager, including a video testimonial – check it out in the first news piece below. Further on, we see strong recovery and gains by Booking.com as travel demand boosts in US and Europe, similar US trend data by STR. Shiji launched a Hotel Tech Distribution chart simplifying the landscape to showcase how hotels and guests interact with various technology at different levels of the booking process.  And finally a story showcasing how guest are coming back to hotels after a year of high demand for BnBs and alternative accommodation options.

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Indian Business Hotel recommends RateTiger for channel management

Bhagini Icon Premier, an upscale property in India has strongly recommended RateTiger for its hotel channel management capabilities and integrated connectivity platform. With RateTiger Channel Manager the hotel is saving their time daily through automated updates. Check out this video where Ramamurthy, Operations Manager at Bhagini Icon Premier hotel elaborates about his usage of RateTiger and why he strongly recommends it – https://lnkd.in/gCjeb-BK

Booking Holdings revenue triples on travel demand boost from U.S., Europe

Pandemic fears are driving people away from crowded hotels to alternative accommodations, with nearly one-fourth of the listings on Booking.com were for such accommodations at the end of the quarter.


STR: U.S. room rates reach all-time high

Historically, the middle weeks of July are the country’s highest occupancy weeks each year, and 2021 has been no different even as demand slows week to week.


Hospitality Technology Distribution Chart 2021

The Hotel Technology Distribution Chart serves as a tool to help visualize the current hotel and hospitality technology landscape, how the various providers fit in, and their relationships with the hotel, the guest, and each other. RateTiger, a pioneer in Hotel Price Intelligence and Hotel Channel Management space, has been featured in this chart given the impact it makes in the industry through innovation, helping hotels maximize revenue on a daily basis. See the best providers in Hotel Tech Distribution space through this chart.


More travelers are looking at hotels again

After a year when consumers shifted to alternative properties like Airbnb and Vrbo homes, there is now evidence that they are returning to some of their old ways, according to the latest Trivago data.



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The Week, That Was – April 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!

Suha Hospitality boosts online bookings with RateTiger

Leading hotel chain Suha Hospitality has endorsed eRevMax distribution solutions which helped the group improve their online booking productivity. All properties of the brand are currently using RateTiger Connect for managing rates and availabilities across connected OTAs directly from their PMS.


Demand may exceed supply, as IHG sees surge in bookings

Bookings are rising in parallel with vaccinations, and a significant portion of the travel industry’s recovery will be seen in the second half of 2021 and the bulk of 2022.


Google is phasing out third-party cookies… Will it impact hotel marketing?

Google recently announced that they are going forward with their plan to block third-party cookie tracking through Google Chrome (Chrome commands 63% of browser market share). What this means exactly for hotels is not totally clear.

Read more – https://www.hospitalitynet.org/panel/125000098/126000990.html

Hotel Sentiment Short Survey- Q2 2021

As a distribution connectivity provider, eRevMax – RateTiger has been interacting with hotels worldwide to identify pressing challenges that affect your day-to-day operations. We invite you to participate in our short survey and share your valuable responses. Your participation will enable us to prepare a collective Hotel Outlook Report for the next quarter. We will make the report available to all respondents once it is published next month.
Click the link to access the survey – https://lnkd.in/ga4Xx2d

eRevMax Partner Expedia launching major brand revamp

The new brand positioning includes the tagline of “It matters who you travel with,” which is meant to illustrate Expedia’s desire to be more of a companion that can support travelers get more out of their trips.


 The intersections of tomorrow’s hotel industry

Now is the time, to reinvent, revitalize and reposition the entire hotel industry by offering fewer rooms and more space dedicated to activities other than lodging.


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Google makes hotel listings free – are you ready to grab the opportunity?

Hotels can now display rate and availability without taking part in Google PPC

For long, Google has remained the Elephant in the Room for the hotel industry. In the last five years, the search -engine giant has consolidated its place as the leader in the meta search, now accounting for over 57% all metasearch bookings.

It is the first place to go for many people when they start their search. Google has now made it free for hotel owners and travel agencies to list their properties on Google Search.

When a potential booker selects a hotel from the search option, in the booking module, the overview section is now showing four paid listings under the Featured options and two organic search results. Clicking on the Prices Tab, the user would be able to see all four paid listings along with all search results.

This section is now showing booking links from unpaid listings as shown in the organic search by hotels and travel companies.

This is a major opportunity for hotels. Hotel booking links have always been offered via Google Hotel Ads, which acts like a metasearch channel displaying real-time pricing and availability for hotels for specific dates of travel. With this new development, this barrier is removed and gives hotels a chance to display their direct rates and booking links without worrying about metasearch budget.

This opportunity is available for all the hotels through their Hotel Center account. Hotels which are already taking part in Google’s Hotel Prices API and Hotel Ads do not need to take any action and will be shown in All Options based on the organic search ranking.

The ranking of the organic search results will be based on an algorithm that looks at non-commercial factors, and pricing accuracy will be ensured through new tools and processes as well as using reliable data sources.

Google has a list of integrated partners including RateTiger through which hotels can feed data sources for booking links. If you are interested in displaying your rates on Google Hotel Ads, contact us today on marketing@erevmax.com

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 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!!

eRevMax Survey Report – Hotel Sentiment Outlook 2021

Based on hotel surveys conducted in December, #eRevMax publishes the Hotel Sentiment Outlook for 2021. 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. With the spread of the new #Covid19 strain and fresh lockdowns in certain parts of the world, the travel sector continues to remain unpredictable. The survey indicates the depth of the impact of Covid-19 as hoteliers look for sustainable solutions to stay resilient.

To download the full report, click here –  https://www.erevmax.com/ratetiger-news/ratetiger-news-archive/jan2021-erevmax-hotel-survey-highlights-varying-levels-business-confidence.html

Is vaccine tourism possible?

Vaccines are already changing the sentiment around travel, but there’s one more thing that’s become part of the discussion: vaccine tourism.


Kayak: Where Americans want to travel in 2021

Vaccine news restores travelers’ confidence. Recent data from Kayak show that flight searches out of U.S. airports are up for several domestic and international destinations in the new year.


Regenerative Travel: Are we heading for a better ‘normal’?

Travel companies have a real opportunity to create a new blueprint, one that nurtures people and planet, rather than consumes resources.


What does the future of hospitality hold?

While the consensus revolves around the need for the industry to evolve in order to better adapt to the current environment, some suggested that hotel rooms, as we know them today, “will become a thing of the past”.


Tripadvisor launches new social distancing platform

Crowdfree will track when businesses and public places have peak and low crowd times to help travelers effectively social distance.


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HRS, Winsar Group and Digibreaks join the eRevMax Partner Ecosystem

With new travel regulations being put in place across geographies due to the new Covid-19 strain, the hospitality industry is facing yet another period of uncertainty. As hoteliers, it is important to continue focusing on building a strong network of channel partners to get a share of the trickling demand wherever possible. As a distribution connectivity leader, we continue to promote OTAs and source channels that can bring new reservation for hotels. RateTiger offers a network of over 450 deeply integrated global, regional and local channels. Contact us today to expand your distribution connectivity today.


Our long-standing partner HRS is a market leader and considered one of the top three hotel portals in Europe. With over 300,000 properties across 190 countries, HRS offers a huge range of hotels worldwide for both leisure and business travellers, allowing guests to book their preferred hotel room and category quickly and easily. Add them to your distribution network to expand your online visibility and market share.

Winsar Group

If you are looking to switch your PMS, Winsar Group can be your next technology partner. It provides on-cloud property management system for hotels and resorts globally with an install base of 1500 hotels across 30 countries. Their main product WINHMS PMS is designed to handle high volumes of transactions with ease. The deep integration with RateTiger allows for seamless ARI and reservation flow, making it a smooth transition for your property. To request a demo, contact us today.


With the focus on domestic tourism, it is time for hotels to connect to relevant local and regional that can bring more business. Our Ireland based partner Digibreaks, is the ideal choice if you are looking to promote staycations and weekend packages. With over 1300 properties from Ireland, Sweden and Norway listed, Digibreaks processes around 15000+ bookings every month and delivered over €60m in revenue to partner hotels last year. Connect and manage Digibreaks through RateTiger today.

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




The Week, That Was – Nov 2020 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!!

Webinar – eRevMax partners with HS LATAM to host TRAVEL TECH EMEA

Join us for Travel Tech EMEA from 23 – 27 Nov to explore new business frontiers and discover innovative technologies. Hear from experts on how they are adapting to the new normal and generating revenue opportunities for their business.

Register Now to attend all the sessions – https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/6930318956520107533

Google adds more COVID-related health and safety info to Google Travel

Starting this week, when users search for hotels through Google Travel, they may see new information about COVID-19 safety precautions at the property – like enhanced cleaning procedures, or if there’s an option for a contact-free check-in, among other things.


Tips for how to travel – and host travelers – safely this holiday season

CNBC’s Global Traveler asked doctors for medical advice on how travelers and holiday hosts can more safely celebrate the next seven weeks.


Hotel CEOs see big improvement in 2021

Speaking on a panel of CEOs, he said that by the second or third quarter of 2021, there will be “an increasing sense that Covid is getting behind us,” and as that happens there will be a step up in travel – “not instant but pretty quick.”


Over half of Americans still traveling for Thanksgiving

Recent Tripadvisor site data shows Key Largo, Fla., Sedona, Ariz., Key West, Fla. and Scottsdale, Ariz. are recovering from the pandemic much faster than other U.S. travel destinations.


Hospitality bookings continued to lead travel industry improvement, says Sabre

In Q3, Sabre saw positive signs as GDS and hospitality bookings steadily improved, along with passengers boarded, as leisure bookings recovered faster than corporate bookings.


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The Week, That Was – Oct 2020 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!!

Saudi upscale hotel experiences 25% revenue growth with RateTiger

The Riyadh based four-star property has been using RateTiger Product Suite to manage its online distribution since 2018 and has experienced almost 25% growth in revenue since then. Moving away from manual updating of online channels has made life easy for the team. With real-time ARI updates, it helped the team to apply dynamic rate strategies swiftly which led to better conversions and revenue.


Expedia on emerging travel trends

Understanding who will travel first, when and how travelers intend to book their stays, and what they expect in a guest experience will help inform hoteliers business plans and successful recovery.


GMs forecast operations, guest behavior after pandemic

GMs from properties around the globe gave their thoughts on how things will change for their hotels and the industry coming out of the COVID-19 pandemic.


SEERA and ESTUR join the eRevMax Partner Ecosystem

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.


70% of travellers plan to fly internationally within next six months, reveals OAG report

Most consumers, especially younger travelers, are prepared to fly under the right circumstances. OAG has released The COVID-19 Recovery: Getting Passengers Back on Board, a new report on traveller confidence based on a global survey of over 4,000 users of its flightview travel app. Overall, fear levels over catching COVID-19 while flying are tepid, and most consumers are open to air travel.


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