The Week, That Was – Nov 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!!

Mexico’s hotel industry gain momentum, as per eRevMax report

Mexico was among the first LATAM countries to reopen travel back in June, and since then it has been leading the travel recovery with easy entry requirements and extra safety measures taken by the government being cited as a case study on doing things right. The certification to showcase the government’s seriousness is clearly paying dividends with advance bookings now reaching 76% of pre-Covid level for our partner Mexican hotels.

Read the full report- https://www.erevmax.com/ratetiger-news/ratetiger-news-archive/nov2020-erevmax-mexico-hotel-industry-gain-momentum.html

Tripadvisor on latest travel trends and top recovering destinations

Two-thirds of consumers surveyed say the ability to avoid crowded places when traveling is now a more important factor in their choice of destination than it was pre-pandemic.

https://www.tripadvisor.com/Covid19WhitepaperNovember2020

NH Hotel Group launches new digital platform.

eRevMax’s client NH Group launches The ‘Mobile Guest Service’ allows customers to use a mobile device to order room service, make spa, gym and restaurant reservations, request extra amenities, and order products from a ‘virtual minibar’.

https://www.businesstraveller.com/business-travel/2020/11/14/nh-hotel-group-launches-new-digital-platform/

Booking.com launching minimum cleanliness standards for short-term rentals

Company taking giant step toward guaranteeing quality stays in home rentals. The phased initiative will require rental managers and homeowners to maintain a Minimum Cleanliness Score of 6 out of 10 in order to remain on the platform.

https://vrmintel.com/booking-com-affirms-commitment-to-quality-with-minimum-cleanliness-score-requirement

“Perfect timing” – travel industry reacts to Airbnb’s IPO filing.

Airbnb surprised many in the travel industry when it announced its intent to list on the public markets earlier this year despite a crisis year for the travel industry. Though the home-share giant stated in 2019 that it would, in fact, file for its IPO in 2020, the pandemic upended plans for nearly every business around the globe.

https://www.phocuswire.com/travel-industry-reacts-to-airbnb-ipo-filing

Trivago preparing for a long-term shift in travel patterns.

While the perception will be much more positive towards travel, people at first will probably feel safer to travel within their regions than on long-haul flights, the company says.

https://www.barrons.com/articles/travel-wont-go-back-to-normal-even-after-a-vaccine-top-exec-says-51605522600

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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 – 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.

https://techcrunch.com/2020/11/10/google-adds-covid-related-health-and-safety-info-to-google-travel/

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.

https://www.cnbc.com/2020/11/11/how-to-travel-safely-and-host-travelers-over-the-holidays.html

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.”

https://www.travelpulse.com/news/hotels-and-resorts/hotel-ceos-see-big-improvement-in-2021.html

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.

https://tripadvisor.mediaroom.com/2020-11-09-Tripadvisor-Reveals-2020-Thanksgiving-Travel-Index-Over-Half-56-of-Americans-Still-Traveling

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.

https://www.fool.com/earnings/call-transcripts/2020/11/06/sabre-corp-sabr-q3-2020-earnings-call-transcript/

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The Week, That Was – Nov 2020 Week 1

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!!

5 things to look for when switching your Booking Engine

Whether you have a small hotel in a quiet town or an independent boutique hotel or managing hotel chains in some of the best destinations across the world, you have to show your presence through your website. Know some important factors that hotels need to take into account when switching their booking engine

https://www.erevmax.com/blog/index.php/2020/11/5-things-to-look-for-when-switching-your-booking-engine/

The five emerging trip types of 2021, according to Booking.com

The impact of the pandemic is changing not just our choice of destination but also the type of trips we’re most likely to take in the coming year. Booking.com’s new research reveals the five emerging trip types for 2021 to motivate and inspire travelers to take a trip (or five) to best fit their newfound travel preferences.

https://globalnews.booking.com/the-five-emerging-trip-types-of-2021/

A reset in hotel bookings is happening right now

For the first time in recent history, the travel industry is learning how to start a new. While a lot remains unknown, what is evident is that the new behaviors and preferences of today’s traveler are likely to linger, if not become permanent changes for some.

https://www.phocuswire.com/a-reset-in-hotel-bookings-is-happening-right-now

Winding Tree, Skyware Hospitality Solutions and Veturis Travel join the eRevMax Partner Ecosystem

Staycations are now popular in and around, hotels are now giving lucrative packages and deals to the customers. Domestic tourism is expanding rapidly with the dominance of last-minute bookings. Various OTAs have launched multiple programs to help hotels attract more guests as well as offer a safe and clean stay environment. 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.

https://www.erevmax.com/blog/index.php/2020/11/winding-tree-skyware-hospitality-solutions-and-veturis-travel-join-the-erevmax-partner-ecosystem/

Trivago hopes for travel recovery in mid-2021

Reporting third quarter 2020 results the hotel metasearch company says increases over that period were driven by nearby trips to nature spots in “developed Europe.” The company is launching a local travel discovery product in core markets.

https://www.phocuswire.com/trivago-q3-2020-soft-demand

How the US election might determine the future of travel

When demand is back to normal, the real bottleneck will be airport infrastructure. With the travel industry decimated by Covid-19, the presidential response could determine whether the industry revives or is crushed beyond repair.

https://edition.cnn.com/travel/article/us-election-2020-trump-biden-travel/index.html

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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

 

The Week, That Was – Oct 2020 Week 1

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 Arabia leads hospitality recovery in Middle East, as per eRevMax Report

Saudi Arabia reports strong travel sentiment with growth in advance hotel bookings, as per hotel reservation data processed by eRevMax. The Kingdom has been easing restrictions since June, and August saw a huge jump in advance hotel bookings which exceeded pre-Covid level reaching 110%, for eRevMax partner hotels in Saudi Arabia.

Click the link to read the full report – https://lnkd.in/g4APuKP

Ski resorts across Europe, the US and Canada plan for a busy season

Most countries have a strong domestic market and many Alpine resorts experienced a bumper summer season as their nationals holidayed closer to home.

https://www.theguardian.com/travel/2020/sep/29/how-to-go-skiing-this-winter-ski-resorts-covid-19-restrictions

eRevMax introduces Promotions for Booking.com through RateTiger CRS

Create and manage various promotions on Booking.com directly from your RateTiger and LiveOS platforms. Reduce one more step in your daily operations – no need to go to the channel extranet for updating promotions. RateTiger lets you manage everything from a single window! Promote exciting deals and boost your hotel occupancy today – capture the available demand and increase online revenue.

Read further to see how it works – https://lnkd.in/geEyVnX

The Hotel of Tomorrow Project: Five big ideas and the trends that drove them

A group of 325 hotel industry executives have been meeting since June to brainstorm hotel innovation. The global think tank called The Hotel of Tomorrow Project released its findings culled from 79 suggested ideas from 16 teams globally that were then shopped to 1000 industry executives for their input.

https://www.forbes.com/sites/lauriewerner/2020/09/24/you-may-soon-be-staying-in-this-futuristic-hotel/#5d37497c7eca

Hotel profitability up in most regions, except the US

Europe, Asia-Pacific and the Middle East all reported increasingly positive GOPPAR during the month of August, according to the latest HotStats data.

https://www.hotelmanagement.net/operate/hotstats-profitability-up-europe-middle-east-and-apac

Brand USA and Airbnb launch collection of online experiences

A new landing page highlights a collection of Airbnb Online Experiences that showcase the possibilities of the United States.

https://www.globenewswire.com/news-release/2020/09/29/2100674/0/en/Brand-USA-and-Airbnb-Launch-USA-Country-Collection-of-Online-Experiences.html

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The Week, That Was – Sep 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!!

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eRevMax partners with HS LATAM to host TRAVEL TECH APAC

Inviting hoteliers to participate in the week-long virtual conference. The event will take place from 21 – 25 September 2020, through a series of online webinars comprising of 25 speakers from different companies representing the travel technology spectrum.

Register today – https://www.erevmax.com/ratetiger-news/ratetiger-news-archive/sep2020-erevmax-partners-hslatam-host-traveltech-apac.html

Holiday travel bookings lag, but trend toward last-minute trips might help

A trend toward last-minute trips could help spur some bookings closer in to Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Eve

https://www.cnbc.com/2020/09/14/holiday-travel-bookings-lag-but-trend-in-last-minute-trips-might-help.html

How the COVID-10 vaccine will impact international travel in 2021

If a vaccine does become available, vaccinating over 7 billion people is going to take time and there are strong indicators a large amount of the population won’t even be willing to get it

https://www.traveloffpath.com/how-the-vaccine-will-impact-international-travel-in-2021/

TrustYou: Some hotel brands recovering faster than expected

While a full and steady recovery still seems to lie far ahead in the future, there are signs that some hotel brands are getting back on their feet faster than expected.

https://www.trustyou.com/blog/covid-19/in-the-midst-of-adversity-some-hotel-brands-are-recovering-faster-than-expected

Who will benefit from Saudi Arabia’s easing of coronavirus flight restrictions

Kingdom to end all restrictions on air, land and sea transport for Saudi citizens ‘after January 1’ next year

https://www.arabianbusiness.com/transport/451780-saudi-to-ease-international-coronavirus-flight-restrictions-from-tuesday

Occupancy Rates for China’s Hotels Show First Year-Over-Year Growth Since Pandemic’s Start

Hotels in China for the week ending September 12 had occupancy rates nearly 9 percent higher than they were for the same week in 2019, the first sign of year-over-year growth since the global pandemic.

https://skift.com/2020/09/17/occupancy-rates-for-chinas-hotels-show-first-year-over-year-growth-since-pandemics-start/

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The Week, That Was – Sep 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!!

TRAVEL TECH launches APAC Online Forum from 21 – 25 Sep 2020

Travel Tech introduces its virtual educational conference for APAC hoteliers and travel trade professionals. Through a series of webinars, TRAVEL TECH APAC brings together regional and global players to discuss evolving trends, changing guest expectations and new ways for travel businesses to strategize and cope with the market dynamics. Come and explore new business frontiers and discover innovative technologies.

Join our expert speakers who will talk about various topics affecting hospitality business – the sessions are scheduled from 21 – 25 September 2020 at 9:00 CET/ 15:00 SGT. RGEISTER NOW – https://lnkd.in/eGxeGuE

US travel trends for 2021

American travelers are turning their gaze towards summer 2021, with search volumes steadily increasing, including a 25% increase during the last month alone, according to new Skyscanner data.

https://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/skyscanner-reveals-us-travel-trends-for-2021-301126441.html

Where is hotel-tech headed in post-pandemic era?

With more businesses opting for cloud-based solutions and self-serve offerings, low-contact technologies will be the preferred choice for hoteliers. Hotels will look at AI, data security, platform, and integrations as must-haves.

https://in.mashable.com/tech/16901/where-is-travel-tech-headed-in-the-post-pandemic-era

Why travel should be considered an essential human activity

Go ahead and plan that trip. It’s good for you, scientists say. Plotting a trip is nearly as enjoyable as actually taking one. Merely thinking about a pleasurable experience is itself pleasurable. Anticipation is its own reward.

https://www.nationalgeographic.com/travel/2020/09/why-travel-should-be-considered-an-essential-human-activity/

Italy: Hotel market sentiment survey.

Horwath HTL Italy conducted a survey to evaluate the current and medium-term impacts of Covid-19 on the Italian hospitality industry.

Download the report –https://horwathhtl.com/publication/italian-hotel-market/

German hotel operators confident about future.

Almost 95 percent expect the German hotel market to recover to its 2019 record level by 2022 or 2023 latest, according to a new survey.

https://www.cushmanwakefield.com/en/germany/news/2020/06/survey-hotel-operator-beat

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The Week, That Was – Sep 2020 Week 1

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 expands connectivity offering in Europe with Veturis Travel

Travel technology leader eRevMax announced it has completed integration with one of Europe’s fastest growing travel wholesalers, Veturis Travel. The seamless connectivity will facilitate real-time data transfer between hotels and the bed bank through RateTiger and LiveOS platform and help in expanding its direct contacts with accommodation providers.

https://www.erevmax.com/ratetiger-news/ratetiger-news-archive/sep2020-erevmax-expands-connectivity-offering-europe-veturis-travel.html

What today’s travelers want in their accommodations

Of the 9 in 10 travelers who would be comfortable booking accommodations for a leisure trip in September or October, travelers are most comfortable staying in a vacation rental (31%), followed by chain hotels (28%), and resorts (15%), according to new Expedia data.

https://blog.advertising.expedia.com/vacation-accommodations-traveler-preference-trends

The state of group travel

The year 2020 was supposed to be a good year for the roughly 150 member brands of the USTOA. Nearly half were forecasting a “boom year,” with growth of at least 7% to 10%

https://www.msn.com/en-us/travel/tripideas/group-travel-companies-are-still-a-thing-how/ar-BB18ELys

Hoteliers plan for a budget season unlike any other

As the pandemic has thrown off expectations for most of 2020 and limited the usefulness of historical data to guide the process, hoteliers are saying setting a budget for 2021 is a completely new experience.

https://hotelnewsnow.com/Articles/304207/Hoteliers-plan-for-a-budget-season-unlike-any-other

Pricing principles to maximize hotel revenue during COVID-19

The sudden demise of travel demand on a global scale is an opportunity for your hotel to switch to dynamic pricing if you were not already doing so. Here are some things to consider when setting rates in the current market.

Monitor your competitor’s price movement with #RateTiger Shopper  – marketing@erevmax.com

https://www.phocuswire.com/hotel-pricing-principles-vikram-singh-opinion

How travel will be bought and sold in August 2021

Brand loyalty will be a more critical factor in future travel decisions than ever before, and experts predict an upside for direct bookings for travelers who are looking at brands that provided assurances about safety and health protocols.

https://www.travelweekly.com/Arnie-Weissmann/How-travel-will-be-bought-and-sold-in-August-2021-Part-2?

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The Week, That Was – August 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!!

Airbnb declares all parties over indefinitely at its listings

Airbnb has been implementing measures to help limit hosting of unauthorized parties booked through its platform, and today implemented the strictest of all: a global ban on all parties and events.

https://techcrunch.com/2020/08/20/airbnb-declares-all-parties-over-indefinitely-at-its-listings/

Agoda launched a beta version of its day-use feature

Agoda, one of the big-name online travel agencies, has introduced a beta version of its day-use feature available across 7,000 hotels in Korea, providing people with the flexibility to book a room for just a few hours.

http://www.koreatimes.co.kr/www/culture/2020/08/141_294590.html

Hotels are offering COVID-19 tests during check-out to reassure guests

Some hotels in Dubai and the Maldives are now providing the option for guests to take a COVID-19 test before their departure.

https://www.lonelyplanet.com/articles/hotels-covid-19-tests

China’s tourism sector eyeing gradual rebound post-epidemic

As of mid-August, the number of tourists booking package tours through Trip.com skyrocketed 150 percent month on month.

http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2020-08/19/c_139302853.htm

UK staycation boom looks set to continue into 2021, new research finds

New research has found that 83% of tourists would prefer to holiday in the UK than travel abroad this year, with this trend set to continue into next year bringing a boost to the country’s hospitality sector.

https://www.boutiquehotelier.com/uk-staycation-boom-looks-set-to-continue-into-2021-new-research-finds/

New travel warnings push European tourists toward Turkey

Tourists from Europe are left with very limited options for traveling abroad, and Turkey’s Mediterranean coastline emerges as the safest and closest destination

https://www.dailysabah.com/business/tourism/new-travel-warnings-push-european-tourists-toward-turkey

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