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

The Week, That Was – August 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!!

Booking.com and RateTiger presents an online workshop to discuss value of connectivity & power of online distribution for hoteliers

Join us for a live discussion on August 19, 2020 at 16:00 SGT to discuss re opening of travel and strategies for the new world. Register today –

https://events.partners.booking.com/valueofconnectivityanonlinewor?gz=none

 eRevMax witnesses surge in demand for summer travel in Norway and healthy recovery for UK hotels

 Advance bookings are now higher than pre-Covid level, reaching almost 120% in July, keeping January booking numbers as base, for our partner hotels in Norway, while UK saw a huge jump to almost 75% showing extremely positive sentiment among bookers.

See the full report – https://www.erevmax.com/ratetiger-news/ratetiger-news-archive/aug2020-erevmax-witnesses-summer-travel-norway-uk-healthy-recovery.html

How COVID-19 is transforming traveler behavior, loyalty and values

 Travelers will be ready to stay at hotels in seven months, fly in planes or use public transportation in 8.5 months and fly internationally in 11 months.

https://www.ketchum.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/Ketchum_Transforming-Travelers_Infographic.pdf

Expedia rolls out B2B distribution program for lodging partners

 The program allows medium to large-size lodging partners to tap into new areas of B2B demand, giving them increased control of their B2B rates, availability and content across a network of global travel providers.

https://www.traveldailynews.com/post/expedia-group-expands-optimized-distribution-for-lodging-partners

Travel reimagined in the new normal

 E-boarding passes, touchless lavatories, contactless journeys from airports to hotels, no more middle seats in transportation, and digital health passports are some of the new ideas which global travelers hope to see implemented in the near future.

https://www.ttrweekly.com/site/2020/07/asians-more-eager-to-travel/

 Survey: The prospects for the hotel business in 2021

 Respondents believe that the hospitality sector is approaching or at the bottom, with luxury and resort hotels the most commonly believed to be in “full decline” or at “bottom.”

https://www.forbes.com/sites/bradhunter/2020/07/29/survey-the-prospects-for-the-hotel-business-in-2021/#7bd9db2661cd

Booking.com launches rebooking campaign, waiving hotel commissions

The campaign incentivizes customers in the U.S. with 15% if they rebook a future stay at the same property.

https://news.booking.com/bookingcom-launches-customer-incentive-to-encourage-rebook-of-domestic-pandemic-affected-stays-in-us/

Reach out to us for your connectivity needs to make the most of your online revenue- https://goo.gl/3gKUJZ

Thanks and have a good day!

The Week, That Was – July 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!!

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

Longer, slower, farther: Savoring the prospects of future travels

In the travel stasis induced by the pandemic, future travelers have taken to tackling their bucket lists with big trips that are more distant and longer than usual – and planned further in advance.

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/07/28/travel/future-travel-bucket-list-coronavirus.html

How travel ad spending is starting to rebook across Europe

Shorter booking windows, flexible policies, competitive pricing, stricter health screening measures and mobile bookings are some of the trends emerging from the lockdown.

https://digiday.com/media/week-over-week-growth-how-travel-ad-spending-is-starting-to-rebook-across-europe/

Looking at drastically different hotel business models.

While most expect hotels to return to a more normalized environment eventually, what if they used this moment to drastically reimagine the way they do business?

https://hotelnewsnow.com/Articles/303648/Looking-at-drastically-different-hotel-business-models

Lodging dynamics favor travel buyers with grip on demand

To capture existing demand, hotels are expected to offer attractive rates for the upcoming request or proposal season. Industry projections show lodging demand and revenue per available room to fall short of pre-pandemic levels until 2023.

https://www.businesstravelnews.com/Business-Travel-Buyers-Handbook/2020/Corporate-Lodging-Program

Reach out to us for your connectivity needs to make the most of your online revenue- https://goo.gl/3gKUJZ

Thanks and have a good day!

 

Pegipegi , Veturis Travel and Jet2holidays join the eRevMax Channel Ecosystem

A host of popular destinations are beginning to ease Covid19 lockdown and border restrictions and are starting to welcome tourists back. Are you making your property visible on the right channels? Automate your hotel online distribution with RateTiger. Get competitive rate intelligence with RTShopper; and manage ARI & reservation delivery with RateTiger Channel Manager – all in real-time from a single platform!

Here are some of our newly connected channel partners leading in their specific markets. Get in touch if you are looking to expand your distribution connectivity and wish to connect to any of our 400+ OTA channel network.

Pegipegi

Pegipegi is one of the most popular online travel agencies in Indonesia. Launched in 2012, Pegipegi currently offers more than 25,000 hotels in Indonesia, 25,000 flight routes, as well as more than 2,800 train routes. Add them to your distribution network and increase online bookings.

Veturis Travel

Are you looking to attract business travelers? Headquartered in Spain, Veturis Travel is a global online wholesale travel agency with a presence in 90 countries. They delivered over 700,000 reservations last year and is trusted by over 25,000 agencies. Get your property listed now to grow your corporate booking share.

Jet2holidays

UK’s second largest holiday operator, Jet2holidays offer incredible value package holidays to over 60 destinations across Europe, the Mediterranean, the Canaries and beyond. With over a million holiday packages booked on this channel annually, you may consider adding Jet2holidays to your distribution network.

Are you looking to manage any new channel from your RateTiger powered by LiveOS platform? CONTACT US – https://www.erevmax.com/erevmax-contact.html

 

 

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

Reach out to us for your connectivity needs to make the most of your online revenue- https://goo.gl/3gKUJZ

Thanks and have a good day!

The Week, That Was – July 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!!

With proper measures, travel can move forward

The U.S. Travel Association said that travel can continue to move forward as long as people comply with wearing masks and other measures to curb the spread of Covid-19.

https://www.travelweekly.com/Travel-News/Government/US-Travel-With-proper-measures-travel-can-move-forward

Airbnb claims 1 million nights booked in one day.

The July 8 bookings were made at Airbnb properties in more than 175 different countries and regions, the company said. Airbnb says its system took bookings for more than one million nights’ worth of future stays at its listings around the world.

https://www.travelweekly.com/travel-news/hotel-news/airbnb-claims-1-million-nights-booked-in-one-day-for-first-time-since-march-3

How Marketing can help hotels in the ‘new normal’

Hospitality sector is slowly reopening, hotels need dynamic marketing, communication and branding to gain guest confidence. Here are 6 essential marketing tips to help your hotel adapt to the ‘new’ normal –

https://www.erevmax.com/blog/index.php/2020/07/how-marketing-can-help-hotels-in-the-new-normal/

Rethinking hotel loyalty in a time of pandemic

Rather than chasing status, savvy travelers look for stays which already bundle the amenities needed in the room for a true ‘be your own elite’ experience

https://www.forbes.com/sites/advisor/2020/07/15/does-elite-status-matter-anymore-rethinking-hotel-loyalty-in-a-time-of-covid/#1bc7636b4dbc

Hotels tweak their model and mission to survive the pandemic

As big hotel chains are aligning themselves with renowned medical research institutions, boutique hotels have to work a bit harder to prove their trustworthiness.

https://qz.com/work/1878905/how-hotels-are-surviving-covid-19/

Travel rebound may arrive sooner than expected

Perceptions of safety are rising across all sectors as the travel industry enters summer season. Now that many destinations and brands are further into the Ready or Set stages, thoughtful campaign messaging is essential to drive both short-term and future bookings.

https://www.odwyerpr.com/story/public/14575/2020-07-14/why-travel-rebound-may-arrive-sooner-than-expected.html

Hotels are selling out in popular US vacation spots this summer

Luxury hotels in summer getaway hotspots are finding business is booming, and are at (albeit reduced) capacity for most, if not all, of the summer.

https://edition.cnn.com/travel/article/hotels-sold-out-us-covid-19/

How CitizenM created a new market space in the hotel industry.

The founders wanted to create a new kind of hotel chain. One that would capture the growing mass of frequent travelers – what they call “mobile citizens” – whether traveling for business or for pleasure.

https://www.blueoceanstrategy.com/blog/citizenm-hotels-a-blue-ocean-chain-in-a-red-ocean-industry/

Reach out to us for your connectivity needs to make the most of your online revenue- https://goo.gl/3gKUJZ

Thanks and have a good day!

 

 

How Marketing can help hotels in the ‘new normal’

With Covid-19 having affected every sector, simple things like traveling and eating out will never be the same again. However, even during these hard times, we tend to look for light at the end of the tunnel. As the hospitality sector is slowly reopening, hotels need dynamic marketing, communication and branding to gain guest confidence.

It is time for hotels to relook at their marketing strategies. Customer preference and behaviour have undergone a drastic shift. Their spending pattern has become more conservative. While cost-rationalization is a concern, there are still some marketing actions hotels can follow to get themselves ready for recovery.

It is critical not to go dark during this period but to keep proactive communication ongoing with your retail & corporate customers and channel partners.

Here are few tips to make the most use of marketing teams during this time of uncertainty –

  1. Communication, communication and communication. There is a reason they are called guests, and not customers in a hotel. This is the time to reach out to them. While you should be utilizing your social media / email and other channels, do not forget the old way of calling your loyal guests and partners to enquire about their well-being.  Share the measures you are taking to ensure safe environment.
  2. Your employees are your biggest brand ambassadors. Keep your employees active on social media, encourage them to share their experiences. Bring the human element in your hotel to showcase your core values.
  3. As you prepare to reopen, do an audit of your website content. That famous buffet would not be such a big draw now, nor will be the Saturday DJ Night. People are concerned about safety and social distancing. Explore what you can offer instead. The focus is on family, health and wellbeing. Experiences will prevail over pleasures. Create your packages around that.
  4. This is also the time to update your website assets. Post video and images of your sanitization process. Your housekeeping staffs are going to be your key player in gaining guest confidence.
  5. While taking recovery plan into action, it is important for hoteliers to know about the revenue management strategy and pricing strategy. In these uncertain times, traveler confidence is at an all-time low. A flexible cancellation policy will go a long way in attracting probable guests.
  6. This is also time for hotels to respond to reviews they have missed earlier due to work constraint. Create a review policy and reply to guest feedback with measures you are implementing to address their concerns.

Focus on the future and think what we can do to prepare for recovery. In times of crisis, it is even more important for hoteliers to maintain a public image, have a strong presence in social media, regular contact with clients and partners, to keep distribution channels populated with offers and rates they normally provide, even as business remains slow.

It is imperative to have the right technology partners that can help you update your hotel’s online content, rates and inventory across multiple channels effectively and seamlessly. Considered one of the best hotel channel managers in the market, RateTiger is integrated with more than 400 OTAs and works closely with 9000 hotels globally. It is the distribution connectivity partner of choice for large hotel groups, mid-scale chains as well as independent properties in both luxury and budget segment worldwide.

Connect with us for your connectivity needs to make the most of hotel online revenue- https://goo.gl/3gKUJZ

The Week, That Was – July 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!!

How to master the new normal in travel

When restrictions lift, many of us will hesitate before booking a flight and travel for business may never recover. Demand for flights and accommodation will drop. Travel will become more expensive, less convenient and less frequent.

https://www.gq-magazine.co.uk/lifestyle/article/travel-after-coronavirus

Booking.com introduces safety feature for accommodation partners

The new feature will allow accommodation partners to select different health and safety measures they are taking in areas such as hygiene, sanitisation, social distancing, and food safety among others.

https://www.businesstraveller.com/business-travel/2020/07/06/booking-com-introduces-safety-feature-for-accommodation-partners/

WinqBid, NexusTours and Travelcircus 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? If not reach out to us for your connectivity needs to make the most of your online revenue – https://lnkd.in/gQHnJ7v

Expedia’s Melissa Maher talks recovery in travel, partnership with hotels

The company has a large recovery plan in place after carrying out research with 10,000 hotel partners, asking them what they want to see from a recovery standpoint, and built a whole program around that.

https://www.webintravel.com/expedias-melissa-maher-talks-recovery-in-travel-partnership-with-hotel-partners-diversity-inclusion-and-more/

CitizenM’s guest app facilitates contactless travel

The launch of its guest-facing app, which has been in development for years, has helped the group to create a contactless experience amid the pandemic.

https://www.hotelnewsnow.com/Articles/303449/CitizenMs-guest-app-facilitates-contactless-travel

Digital tools help answer hotel guests’ post-COVID questions

Guest behavior is changing rapidly in response to COVID-19. Fortunately, digital tools help us understand and respond to those changes in real time.

https://www.hotelnewsnow.com/Articles/303437/Digital-tools-help-answer-guests-post-COVID-questions

How hoteliers should handle data privacy in a pandemic

The hospitality industry has been collecting guests’ and employees’ personal information for years now, but as hoteliers consider collecting health information, they need to know how to do it properly.

https://www.hotelnewsnow.com/Articles/303447/How-hoteliers-should-handle-data-privacy-in-a-pandemic

France Tourism: Inside the $20 billion fight to save a battered industry

As the pandemic recedes in much of Europe, the country that loves to boast about being the most visited nation is serving as a microcosm for how the tourism industry hopes to recover and reinvent itself.

https://www.forbes.com/sites/chrisobrien/2020/07/06/france-tourism-inside-20-billion-fight-save-battered-industry/#4c4f1634732c

Reach out to us for your connectivity needs to make the most of your online revenue- https://goo.gl/3gKUJZ

Thanks and have a good day!

 

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