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.

https://www.erevmax.com/ratetiger-news/ratetiger-news-archive/oct2020-erevmax-presents-travel-tech-latam.html

Booking.com 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.

https://news.booking.com/smarter-kinder-safer-bookingcom-reveals-nine-predictions-for-the-future-of-travel/

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.

https://asia.nikkei.com/Politics/International-relations/Japan-and-China-to-lift-ban-on-business-travel

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.

https://www.adweek.com/brand-marketing/domestic-travel-will-dominate-in-2021-says-airbnb/

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.

https://www.weforum.org/agenda/2020/10/rebuild-trust-international-travel/

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.

https://www.travelmarketreport.com/articles/Washington-Post-Travelers-Should-Use-an-Advisor-During-the-Pandemic

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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.

https://www.erevmax.com/ratetiger-news/ratetiger-news-archive/oct2020-erevmax-saudi-upscale-hotel-experiences-revenue-growth-ratetiger.html

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.

https://www.hotelmanagement.com.au/2020/10/14/exclusive-expedias-bowering-on-new-travel-trends/

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.

https://hotelnewsnow.com/Articles/304762/GMs-forecast-operations-guest-behavior-after-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.

https://www.erevmax.com/blog/index.php/2020/10/channel-update-seera-and-estur-join-the-erevmax-partner-ecosystem/

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.

https://www.traveldailymedia.com/70-of-travellers-plan-to-fly-internationally-within-next-six-months-reveals-oag-report/

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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.

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The Week, That Was – Oct 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!!

Saudi Arabia Shows A Positive Year for Travel

The online travel market in Saudi Arabia has been making significant moves to open up its borders to international tourists. As domestic travel reopened this summer, Saudi Tourism Authority (STA) launched the Kingdom’s largest domestic tourism campaign which gives a big boost to domestic travel. In August, the advance bookings in Saudi Arabia exceeded pre-Covid level reaching 110%. Read how Saudi tourism playing a vital role leading the travel recovery in Middle East-

https://www.erevmax.com/blog/index.php/2020/10/saudi-arabia-shows-a-positive-year-for-travel/

Business travel will remain extraordinarily week through end of 2021, and likely beyond

Even if vaccines proliferate and governments begin relaxing or lifting entirely their heavy Covid-19-derived restrictions on cross-border travel, business travel will be particularly slow to rebound vis-à-vis the rate of leisure travel recovery.

https://www.forbes.com/sites/danielreed/2020/10/07/down-70-from-last-year-business-travel-demand-wont-bounce-back-in-2021-and-maybe-not-for-years/#48ea10211849

Agoda pins hopes on Asia’s domestic tourism to drive revenue

Asia-focused online travel agency Agoda is counting on a revival of domestic tourism in parts of the region to help it weather the coronavirus pandemic. Thailand, Vietnam and Taiwan among top markets where domestic tourism activity is returning.

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-thailand-tourism-agoda-bookings-idUSKBN26Q1FB

How Booking.com is optimizing search for local travel

Consumer appetite for nearby getaways is growing in parallel with last-minute bookings. Here’s how Booking.com is optimizing its search function to cater to this new traveler behaviour.

https://partner.booking.com/en-gb/click-magazine/how-bookingcom-optimising-search-local-travel

Chinese travelers are resorting to a new kind of holiday

An increasing number of China’s travelers are looking to visit one nice place for a few days instead of trying to hit several tourist spots during the National Day holiday.

https://news.cgtn.com/news/2020-10-02/Chinese-travelers-are-resorting-to-a-new-kind-of-holiday-UgydDnwLQs/index.html

Hotelbeds and Thomas Cook sign strategic partnership

The 180,000 hotels that work with Hotelbeds worldwide – many under exclusive terms & conditions – will be available to Thomas Cook’s travelers.https://press.hotelbeds.com/news-room/press-release/hotelbeds-and-thomas-cook-sign-strategic-partnership

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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 – 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.

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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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Introducing Promotions for Booking.com through RateTiger CRS

RateTiger Central Reservation System has been enhanced allowing users to create and manage promotions for Booking.com directly from their RateTiger dashboard. Promotions are special prices that a property can offer during a certain time window, or to a certain type of booker. In RateTiger Settings, they appear under the Promotions tab in the Inventory Module.

On booking.com, hotels can create three types of Promotions from their RateTiger dashboard – Basic Deal, Mobile Rate and Profile Rate.

Basic Deal Promotion:

  • Easy and fully customizable promotion, which will give the guest a discount on selected rooms and rates.
  • Customize the promotion for everyone or members only
  • Control on MLOS, Dates and Room Type
  • Hotels can run the promotion for various Rateplan and Payment options

Mobile Rate Promotion: Options for-

  • an app only rate- i.e, guests booking (only) through Booking.com mobile app would get this discount
  • dot rate and t.dot rate- i.e, guests booking through the Booking.com website on their mobile browser

Profile Rate Promotion:

  • Target the promotion to a certain set of guests
  • Discount can be displayed only to verified, logged-in business travelers, and will apply to all your room types, rates and dates except excluded.

Monitor your Promotions:

  • On your RateTiger dashboard, the View and Apply Promotion widget provides a detailed report of all the existing promotions and allow users to modify / deactivate a campaign.

RateTiger CRS, powered by LiveOS, is the next-generation reservation management platform for hotel revenue managers to manage multiple distribution channels including web, mobile, voice, travel agent and online travel agent (OTA) channels.

This is a very exciting opportunity as this marks the start of a series of upcoming releases, to give hotels different ways to create and sell Promotions on multiple platforms through RateTiger.

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The Week, That Was – Sep 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!!

Luxury Tanzanian hotel improves online business performance with eRevMax

White Sands Resort & Conference Centre, a 4-star luxury property in Tanzania, strongly recommends RateTiger for its highly effective online distribution and business performance management solutions. The property has been using RateTiger product suite, including RTConnect for channel management, Google Hotel Ads, metasearch management, Booking Engine as well as Reputation Management tool, all centrally managed from the RateTiger platform.

https://www.erevmax.com/ratetiger-news/ratetiger-news-archive/sep2020-erevmax-luxury-tanzanian-hotel-improves-online-business-performance.html

STR: Europe hotel performance for August 2020.

Europe’s hotel industry reported its best performance levels since February, according to August 2020 data from STR.

https://www.hospitalitynet.org/news/4100751.html

Airbnb’s City Portal promises better relationship with cities

Airbnb is piloting an information-sharing platform in 15 cities that it says will help local leaders monitor the effects of the home-sharing giant.

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2020-09-23/why-airbnb-launched-a-data-sharing-tool-for-cities

UK: Travel companies flogging super cheap holidays for 2021

Desperate tour operators in the UK have slashed prices for next year not only to allow travelers to book ahead or to change their current bookings but also to recoup lost earnings for this year.

https://www.thesun.co.uk/travel/12729058/cheap-holidays-benidorm-majorca-2021-deals/

Booking.com introducing longer-stay rates

In response to surging demand for longer-term stays, hotels can now offer weekly and monthly rates. Under the new feature, a weekly rate plan requires a minimum stay of seven nights, while the monthly rate plan requires a minimum stay of 28 nights.

https://www.travelweekly.com/Travel-News/Hotel-News/Bookingcom-introducing-longer-stay-rates?

Co-working: How hotels are reinventing themselves

How Accor is adapting to new ways of working in a post-Covid world by reimagining spaces and services. Faced with new societal behaviors and other challenges arising from the pandemic, the classic hotel industry is evolving by launching new initiatives.

https://group.accor.com/en/Actualites/2020/09/coworking-hotel-pop-up-offices

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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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