Marriott Expedia War For Brand Integrity- Bloomberg

The bidding war for Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide Inc. made global headlines as Marriott International Inc. fended off China’s Anbang Insurance Group Co. to become the world’s biggest hotel operator. Now Marriott has to figure out how to use its new edge in another long-simmering battle. Source: Marriott Won the Starwood Battle, Now... read more

Bookings Battle Infographic

Source: This chart shows how bookings has evolved and the milestone of battles and strategies by hotels and intermediaries along the way. The chart dates back from 1990s with the first arrivals of the online travel agencies (OTAs). The growth of Metasearch engines is captures so to is the rise and struggle of... read more

The Automation Personalization Divide [INFOGRAPHIC] – Tnooz

The Automation Personalization Divide is causing some to wonder if people matter as systems seem to be taking over Source: The automation and personalisation conundrum [INFOGRAPHIC] – Tnooz The infographics below have an interesting title, don’t you think? Personalization without people: Sounds like a contradiction in terms. In fact, systems today are getting pretty... read more

How Hotels use Big Data to Drive Direct Bookings

As businesses of all types try to provide more personalized experiences for customers, they are drawn to what we call Big Data. Big Data is the entire collection of information about your guests and your target market. It can be used to find out more about customer preferences, buying habits and markets. It can... read more

Metasearch Direct Marketing Channel for Hotels

According to recent studies, the Metasearch Direct Marketing Channel for Hotels is working well for small hotels. Using the latest technology, a hotel can now get listed on the metasearch engines to get more direct bookings at a lower cost than with the competing Online Travel Agents  (OTAs). As Max Starkov, CEO of HeBS Digital,... read more

How Hotels Violate Rate Parity without Knowing It

Source: How Wholesale Rates Affect Rate Parity and Hotel Revenue Strategy In the article Jason Freed, managing editor of Duetto, explains how hotels violate Rate Parity without knowing it. In our analysis we summarize Jason’s findings and consider the broader issue of mass distribution. We also consider its effect on direct booking strategies and the role... read more

Is MetaSearch Evolving as a BookDirect Channel

Source: The perfect meta is yet to come It’s not happened yet but MetaSearch is Evolving as a BookDirect Channel. The future looks bright as news services to help hotel list directly are coming online. Meta search is another name for the hotel comparison sites, like Trivago, that show multiple prices from multiple sources... read more

Google adds hotel deals to filters, Tnooz

Google Adds hotel deals, Airfare Tracking and filters to its metasearch Source: Google adds airfare tracking, hotel deal spotting, and filters to its metasearch – Tnooz It’s great that Google now offers more filtering options and enhancing its natural language search. I particularity like the “Google adds hotel deals to filters” option. If I read it right, it might allow... read more

Why Book Direct – How Hotels Get More Direct Bookings

Why Book Direct examines how a small villa resort attracts more travelers to book directly on their own website. It is a case study of their experience and the steps they took, staring with the launch of their BookDirect blog and web page on the benefits of booking direct. It outlines many extras and... read more
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It Pays to Book Direct – Marriott

It Pays to Book Direct – Marriott

Marriott Takes the Bull by the Horns With all the talk of decline in referrals from OTAs and the counter trend in growth of direct bookings for XYZ generations, Marriott has taken the bull by the horns and wrestling OTA bookings to the ground. Their new campaign “it pays to Book direct” is a...

3 reasons your website design needs a better marketing strategy

Sean Smith articles is great but it is reverse engineered or back-to-front according to the latest insights by the Power Marketing Strategies. Smith puts design first as described by his title ” Why your marketing needs a better design focus“, however Power Marketing says that this is one of the biggest problem with today...

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