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Estonian luxury hotel recommends RateTiger for channel connectivity
The Three Sisters Hotel, a luxury boutique property has recommended RateTiger, powered by LiveOS, for fast and seamless connectivity for effective online distribution. The hotel has been using RTConnect, the SaaS based distribution solution by eRevMax to maintain real-time data transfer between its property management system and online sales channels for the last three years, resulting in an increase in online revenue and occupancy.
5 Distribution dilemmas that hotels must tackle now
From blurring distribution channels to rising commissions and defensive pricing, it is a challenging environment but hotels are fighting back, finds a recent white paper.
Hotels need to learn, remember and predict a guest’s specific preferences to offer them a unique, sellable combination.
In an attributed-based model, the concept of room types is eliminated; instead consumers select from a list of attributes – for example a king bed with a sea view on a high floor – to creating a room that meets their needs. Each attribute adds an incremental price to the base room rate.
Booking.com decoupling attractions bookings from hotel reservations
Booking.com is expected to announce Wednesday at a conference in Europe that it is debuting an offering in 10 European and Middle Eastern cities that enables customers to book tours and attractions on a standalone basis without having first to book a hotel room.
Hotels: Navigating the complexity of online travel
Rather than resisting new technology and global players, Expedia has called on the hotel industry to be optimistic about the opportunities that lie ahead.
Google experiments with new hotel search layout
Google continues to iterate on its hotel search interface and experience for destination searches. In a new testing experience, clicking on any property in the local pack directs a user to the hotel search page. The clicked property has its card pinned to the top of the page with property information expanded to the full width of the card section.
Two-way chat, a game changer for guests and revenue
By incorporating chat and messaging features within a native app (versus integrating third-party apps), hotels own the experience, data, and security.
Winding Tree executes “first” hotel booking transaction on public blockchain
The company’s distribution platform was successfully tested by Hobo Hotel Stockholm, a member of the Nordic Choice Hotels group, completing the first-ever hotel booking on a public blockchain.
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