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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The Week, That Was – August 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!!

eRevMax tracks strong recovery trends in hotel bookings in Europe

While tracking the hotel reservation trends in Europe, Travel technology company eRevMax has noted strong recovery trends in hotel bookings in markets like Norway and the UK.

https://travel.economictimes.indiatimes.com/news/technology/erevmax-tracks-strong-recovery-trends-in-hotel-bookings-in-europe/77501538

Google Travel gets a COVID-19 update

After a few weeks of testing, Google has officially launched new flight search and travel search features to help those who are traveling during the pandemic.

https://blog.google/products/flights-hotels/travel-decisions-with-confidence/

Domestic business travel continues to trend toward recovery

GBTA member companies worldwide report an emerging willingness to permit employees to engage in domestic business travel.

https://www.gbta.org/blog/domestic-business-travel-continues-to-trend-toward-recovery/

U.S. hotel performance continues upward creep

STR data for the week of August 2-8, 2020 showed slightly higher occupancy and room rates from the previous week

https://str.com/press-release/str-us-hotel-results-week-ending-8-august

Airbnb and BedLinker join the eRevMax Channel Ecosystem

As hoteliers, are you ready to tap into domestic travel market? Are you connected to the right channels and keeping them automatically updated with rates and availability on a regular basis? Attract travellers to your hotel with Booking.com’s Genius Program. Choose from our wide network of partners and expand your hotel’s online visibility. Our featured channel partners for this week are AirbnbBedLinker and Booking.com – connect to them today – https://www.erevmax.com/blog/index.php/2020/08/airbnb-and-bedlinker-join-the-erevmax-channel-ecosystem/

Travelers booking 2021 vacations closer to home

The U.S., Canada and Mexico will be the first to thrive. Americans will drive more as they are more assured that there will not be a change in entry requirements.

https://www.travelpulse.com/news/travel-agents/travel-advisors-say-clients-are-booking-2021-vacations-closer-to-home.html

 Online travel aggregators ramp up offers to beat the drop in business

OTAs, experts say, will emerge out of this crisis if they strategize by identifying the areas from where demand is being generated.

https://www.msn.com/en-in/news/other/online-travel-aggregators-ramp-up-offers-to-beat-the-drop-in-business/ar-BB17LEcJ

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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

The Week, That Was – July 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!!

Airbnb and RateTiger to present a webinar on Market Dynamics, Growth Optimization and Online Distribution for APAC hotels

Join us for a live discussion on August 5, 2020 at 11:00 SGT to discuss reopening of travel and strategies for the new world.

https://airbnb.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_52H20Aw1Q7CcEsz1uQfIrg

The future of affordable travel

The state of the world is vastly different now than it was six months ago, but finding ways to keep travel accessible hasn’t completely changed.

https://www.msn.com/en-us/travel/news/the-future-of-affordable-travel/ar-BB176dzn

Humanising hotel brands could encourage tourists to return.

A new study finds that crisis communication emphasising shared emotional responses to risks enables tourists to humanise the hotel.

https://www.hospitalitynet.org/news/4099802.html

eRevMax integrates with Airbnb

The integration, developed in close collaboration between eRevMax and Airbnb, will now make it possible for hotels to update rate and availability as well as receive reservations generated on the channel directly into their system in real-time.

https://www.erevmax.com/ratetiger-news/ratetiger-news-archive/july2020-erevmax-integrates-with-airbnb.html

How hoteliers are pricing rooms amid demand lows

The overall loss of demand in the U.S. hotel industry threw an almost impossibly sized hurdle in front of hoteliers already trying to figure out how to drive rate in the face of so much new supply coming online.

Find out your competitor’s pricing strategy with RateTiger Shopper. Get started today with the gold standard of Rate Shopping. Avail the Special Offer today – marketing@erevmax.com

https://www.hotelnewsnow.com/Articles/303617/How-hoteliers-are-pricing-rooms-amid-demand-lows

Hotel brands re-evaluate near-term cancellation policies

Many hotel brands and management companies are touting flexibility around guest cancellations polices and loyalty status amid the COVID-19 pandemic, but some are being cautious not to make any long-term decisions just yet.

https://hotelnewsnow.com/Articles/303604/Cancellation-loyalty-policies-ease-in-the-near-term

Booking.com creates rebooking incentive with money back for travelers

Customers in the U.S. who had to cancel their accommodation bookings due to COVID-19 travel restrictions will get a 15% reward if they rebook a stay at that same property by December 31, for travel through April.

https://www.phocuswire.com/booking-travel-incentive-reward-and-no-commission

How the pandemic is reshaping Europe’s tourism hotspots.

The collapse of the industry offers a unique opportunity for cities plagued by mass tourism to rethink their business model.

https://www.msn.com/en-au/news/world/how-coronavirus-is-reshaping-europes-tourism-hotspots/ar-BB16WAua

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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