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Tag Archives: OTA

Exclusive with Best Western’s new brand development manager

Highly regarded hotel executive Georgina Williams has recently joined Best Western Australasia as brand development manager, with responsibility for growing the group’s profile and presence in Australia and New Zealand. Accomnews spoke exclusively with Ms Williams about what it looks like to grow a membership base, and what this means for hotels.

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TripAdvisor launches ‘enhancements’

TripAdvisor has announced the launch of Storyboard, a new photo tool that aims to make it easy for managers to blend together their best photos and top reviews into a promotional preview of their accommodation that engages potential guests.

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Direct bookings present the biggest challenge for hotels of all sizes

Managing a hotel is akin to a juggling act. Hoteliers are constantly switching between tasks, projects, and priorities – everything from revenue management to delivering a great guest experience. New research from SiteMinder has revealed what keeps hoteliers, all around the world, awake at night. The cloud platform asked hoteliers, both independents and groups, to rank the biggest challenges they believe their …

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How to use the world’s best (free) hotel photographers

Here’s how you can infuse your hotel marketing with a big dose of authenticity and stunning imagery with Instagram photos from your actual guests. Modern travellers no longer trust blatant advertising or anything that looks forced, contrived or fake coming from hotel brands. This is especially true for your hotel photography. Gone are the days with fake ‘guests’ smiling awkwardly …

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8 important search changes hotels should be aware of…

With Google constantly updating its algorithms and strategy, traffic coming in from multiple devices, and inconsistent SEO practices from travel websites, it’s hard for hotels to get a clear picture of what is working and what needs to be done to increase traffic and conversions in the future. Analysis by Net Affinity has shown organic traffic is being rerouted to paid search results, social media, and …

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Watch what happens when OTA users actually shop online

Everybody has theories about why so many people prefer to shop for hotels on OTAs… but have you ever actually seen them do it? To find out why so many guests prefer booking hotel stays on an OTA instead of a hotel brand/direct website, Tambourine hired UserTesting.com, a well-known website testing company that records unbiased (but demographically relevant) consumers while they …

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The future of OTA loyalty programs

Loyalty Program

Online travel agents (OTAs) are known as an efficient distribution channel for hotel rooms, but with more major hotel brands pushing direct bookings to reduce commissions paid out to agents- this leaves OTAs searching for the next goldmine product to fuel their continued growth. With this in mind – for years – hotels have enjoyed a non-competitive landscape with their …

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Queenstown Park Boutique Hotel makes luxury top 10 list

Queenstown Park Boutique Hotel

For the first time, Queenstown Park Boutique Hotel (QPBH) has been chosen as one of New Zealand’s Best Hotels by readers of DestinAsia – an award winning travel and lifestyle magazine. The boutique hotel, situated in the heart of Queenstown, is positioned as number six on a listing of New Zealand’s Top 10 properties.   The listing is the result of the annual …

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How you can use your hotel restaurant to increase bookings?

A study by Leonardo looked at what images travel shoppers viewed the most. Obviously, the number one result was guest rooms but the second most viewed was restaurant photos. This indicates that travel boils down to two primary needs; people want a nice place to sleep and they want a nice place to eat. Most of the time the hotel restaurant is …

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Will the internet kill the hotel star?

star ratings

Star-rated? Consumer rated? Or even self-rated? What is the state of affairs with accommodation rating in New Zealand tourism in 2017 and where are we headed? There has been recent discussion in Australia around self-rated properties versus star ratings, which are obtained through a process of industry accreditation assessment.  Perhaps unsurprisingly, recent research pointed to continued consumer confidence in a …

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