Hospitality Industry News on Hotel Distribution and Latest Technology – W2, August 2021

Great news folks! Initial demand building up for Business Travel even though there is a lot of concern around the rise in Covid cases in some geographies. eRevMax expands channel ecosystem and adds TUI, & StaySavvy and highlights Guestline as a PMS partner. Airbnb introduces flexible search to attract travelers, introduces Inclusivity training program for accommodation providers to deliver more welcoming experiences to LGBTQ+ travelers.  Expedia revenue jumps in 2nd quarter driven by US hotel and vacation rental booking. And a sneak peek into the traveler mindset!

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Business travel resumes, hesitantly

Convention centers are reopening. Hotels and airlines report an uptick in bookings. But the rise in virus cases has tempered forecasts for a major recovery.

eRevMax expands Partner Ecosystem with – TUI Group, Guestline and StaySavvy

With the travel industry moving towards a steady recovery, the initial demand build-up is coming from domestic tourism. Are you connected to the right channels and keeping them automatically updated with rates and availability on a regular basis? Choose from our wide network of partners and expand your hotel’s online visibility. Our featured partners for this week are TUI, Guestline & StaySavvy – connect to them today –

Airbnb tries flexible search to attract travelers

Rather than view Airbnb stays with specific dates, users can search for places with the promise of “weekend getaways” and choose the timing after. offers inclusivity training to accommodation providers

Program supports accommodation providers to deliver more inclusive and welcoming experiences for LGBTQ+ travelers.

Expedia Group Q2 earnings driven by U.S. hotel and vacation rental bookings

Expedia Group saw its revenue increase more than 270% in the second quarter of this compared to the same period last year, from $566 million to more than $2.1 billion.

Travelers’ current mindset is high-end, high-spend

Luxury travelers don’t always travel during a pandemic. But when they do, they want to go big.

Reach out to RateTiger for your hotel channel manager, rate shopper, booking engine, website development or revenue management consultancy requirements. We are happy to have a discussion to see how we can help you achieve your property’s occupancy and revenue goals – contact us today


How to get onboard with Google Hotel Link for Free

Last month, Google has made hotel listings free for hotel businesses and travel agencies. If you are a hotel owner or a travel agency, you can now display your rates and availability in the All Options section. While the results shown in this section is based on organic search results, this is a major opportunity for hotels to showcase their properties on the world’s biggest search engine without worrying about metasearch budget.

In this blog, we have shared a quick guide for hotels to get on Google.

Why Booking links?

For long, hotels have had to compete through PPC campaigns to appear on Google Hotel Booking listings, where cost was often a big factor. This new development removes the cost barrier and gives hotels a level playing field to appear in Google when users search for accommodation. Based on the search query, a listing of various hotels appear along with property photos, ratings, prices, and a map. While the hotel website’s SEO would play a role in appearing in the top results, if done correctly, it helps hotels to connect with more travelers and drive more bookings at no cost.

Google Hotels immersive view

When a user searches for hotels in a particular location, Google shows an immersive view including both a list and a map of hotel search results that contains hotel names, photos, prices, and ratings. Often these results include property promotion ads, which are paid hotel ads on Google. The traveler then either books from the options or can further filter prices by check-in date, occupancy, price, amenities, user rating, brand, and hotel class. Clicking on a hotel sends the traveler to the hotel booking module. The overview section on the booking module shows four paid listings under the Featured options and two organic search results. Clicking on the Prices Tab, the traveller would be able to see all four paid listings along with all search results.

How to get started: Existing Hotel Ad Users

For hotels already displaying rates and availability and booking link through metasearch, they do not need to do anything as they are automatically eligible to show free booking links. Any property with a bid in a hotel campaign and participating feeds will be eligible. Bids also have no impact on the ranking of free booking links.

Hotels and travel agencies who do not take part in Hotel ads

If you are a hotel or a travel agency which does not take part in hotels ads, the first thing you need to have is a Hotel Center Account. Hotels and hotel booking partners who do not have a Hotel Center account but are interested in getting started with free booking links should fill out the interest form. Google has integration with multiple third-party integration partners including RateTiger and recommends hotels to work directly work with these providers to connect to Google. At RateTiger, we are helping many of our client hotels to set up Hotel Center Accounts. For onboarding, you need to provide us with the following:

  1. The hotel list containing all the properties that the hotel/ group/ travel agency wishes to show on Google.
  2. Selecting an option for sending hotel pricing updates to Google.
  3. Customize landing pages that will be shown to a traveler after they click on a hotel’s price on Google or Google Maps.
  4. Maintain an excellent Price Accuracy score

To know more or to get started, contact us today –

5 tips to optimize your hotel’s profile on

We are glad to bring you a short series of posts, where we will cover 5 specific tips on how you can optimize your hotel’s profile on and attract more reservations.

Through our 5-tips series, we will share 1 recommendation on each post and explain how you can utilize it to your hotel’s advantage. Starting with the first of this series, lets talk about the Genius Program.

Join’s Genius Program

Genius is an exclusive loyalty program which brings partner hotels and frequent bookers closer.

According to data, on average, hotels taking part in the Genius program have experienced increase in their bookings by 18% and revenue by 17% – even including the cost of discount.

Hotels taking part in the Genius program gets a special Genius tag, ranking boost and better visibility in search results on which helps in getting more bookings faster.

The property is displayed to a select group of customers who travel more often, book further in advance, and spend more when booking.

Hotels can always check their eligibility on the extranet:

If the eligibility criteria are met, they can sign up to Genius via the “Opportunities” tab in their Extranet.

The participating partners automatically enable the mandatory 10% Genius discount on their least expensive or most popular room and start attracting high-value Genius guests.

To know more about the perks of becoming a Genius Hotel Partner, click here.

If you are looking for assistance with managing your online channels, contact us today.

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.

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

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

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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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The Week, That Was – Dec 2020 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!!

How tour operators are planning for travel in 2021

Not only have tour operators made changes for safety circumstances, but travelers will also have increased options to navigate a post-pandemic world with the help of guides and experts.

Google’s travel search insights for 2021

Google searches show 100-percent growth for beaches and staycations and 200-percent growth for RV rentals, emphasizing the short-term trend of staycation and road trips and a boom for leisure markets.

How we will travel in 2021

The big trends for 2021 travel are showing that we’re being more thoughtful about our future trips, with sustainability and wellness high on the list – here’s how globetrotting is set to change.

5 predictions for 2021

From the rebound of key hotel performance metrics to the potential return of group demand and international travel.

Are we witnessing a re-distribution in travel?

There is much less demand for staying in hotels, where everyone has to share the same common spaces. Rural locations are also more popular than the urban destinations where the majority of demand used to be.

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The Week, That Was – Dec 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!!

Prologic First, Trivago and Atlantis join the eRevMax Partner Ecosystem

Domestic travel is driving recovery for hotel businesses across the globe. Are you getting your share of the room bookings? RateTiger provides real-time connectivity with 450+ channel and technology partners assisting hotels worldwide to increase revenue opportunities and streamline business processes. Choose from RateTiger’s wide network of partners and expand your hotel’s online visibility.

Google launches Hotel Insights tool

The Hotel Insights tool provides small and medium-sized businesses with extensive insights about the demand for hotel bookings from Google searches every day.

Hotel Business Outlook for 2021 – Take this Short Survey

eRevMax is preparing to publish a collective Hotel Outlook Report for 2021. As a distribution connectivity provider, eRevMax has been interacting with hotels worldwide to help them strategize and find new demand sources in these difficult times. Please join this initiative and participate in a short survey to share your valuable response.

How will Airbnb & Co. grow their rental inventory?

Industry leaders expect the spike in demand to continue and are now putting a focus on growing the supply of rental properties. The company calls individual hosts “the core of our host community” and says, “Historically, we have seen an increase in the number of, and revenue from, professional hosts on our platform.”

Tripadvisor launches new trip designing platform

Called Reco, the service helps travelers plan vacation experiences that are handcrafted by trusted experts who build tailor-made itineraries featuring the best of what a destination has to offer.

Sojern: COVID-19 Insights On Travel Impact, Asia Pacific – December.

The latest report analyses travel intent for Singapore, Australia and Hong Kong following the vaccine announcements, and looking into 2021.

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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 –

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 5

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!!

Travel advisers: A secret weapon during Covid-19

In the wake of Covid-19, travelers are relying more and more on agents to have the insider knowledge on hotels, border openings and quarantine rules, as well as protecting their payments on future trips if they need to be canceled or postponed.

As tourism dries up, European countries moving to use Airbnb rentals for long-term use by citizens

Now that the pandemic has all but cut off the steady flow of visitors, many European cities are seizing an opportunity to push short-term rentals back onto the long-term housing market. Governments enacting or planning new laws to curb explosive growth of rentals aimed largely at tourists.

Amex GBT adds sustainability badges for hotels in its Neo booking tool

Clients now can configure the tool to display hotel options with the badge, which signifies that a hotel meet certain environmental standards.

Hotel metasearch opts for commission-based model

As many hotel marketers slowly increasing their ad spending again, commission-based models for charging for ads grow in popularity as the recovery blossoms.

eRevMax partner Hotelbeds launching new initiative to promote sustainable accommodation within its hotel portfolio

The company now has over 15,000 properties within its portfolio certified as sustainable and easily identifiable to the more than 60,000 travel trade client partners.

Holiday bookings down this year, but rates are rising

In lieu of less people traveling this season, rates have already begun to rise and people are opting for longer lengths of stay.

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The Week, That Was – Oct 2020 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!!

eRevMax presents Travel Tech LATAM in October

eRevMax, in partnership with HS LATAM, is delighted to bring the next edition of TRAVEL TECH for LATAM hoteliers. The online panel discussions start this week and are scheduled between October 19 -23, 2020, with 22 speakers participating from 24 companies across the travel technology spectrum, including Amadeus, ReviewPro, eRevMax, Sabre, Mews, Mirai, Asksuite, Expedia, GHL Hoteles, HSystem, HS LATAM, Howard Johnson Argentina, Lybra, myHotel, STR, Sojern, Siteminder and Tag among others. reveals nine predictions for the future of travel

Innovation within the travel industry will accelerate faster than ever to respond to marked shifts in travel expectations and behaviors.

Japan and China to lift ban on business travel

Short-term business travelers will be exempted from a two week self-isolation on condition that they submit negative coronavirus test results and travel itineraries to authorities.

Domestic travel will dominate in 2021, says Airbnb

62% are interested in a vacation ‘within driving distance’. Entire homes have replaced apartments as the top pick of guests on Airbnb, according to a new report the short-term rental platform released today.

The World Economic Forum on how to rebuild trust in international travel

International framework required to more safely resume travel whilst we wait for vaccines. To more safely open borders, countries, airlines and people will need to trust test results, vaccination records and potentially other health data from across borders.

Travel advisors will be essential post-pandemic travel

To navigate the complicated landscape of traveling during the pandemic, people are turning to travel agents, some for the first time. InteleTravel, a company that has independent travel agents working from home in the United States, the United Kingdom and Mexico, told the paper that since the pandemic hit, travel agents are seeing an increase of demand. Since April, InteleTravel told the Washington Post it has added more than 4,000 travel agents per month, which is a 40% increase over 2019.

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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 –