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Wednesday, August 19, 2015

GDSes deserve some love

These days when you read about hotel distribution, the Priceline's, Kayak's and TripAdvisor's of this world get all the attention. Amadeus, Sabre and Travelport get hardly any mention allthough they are kicking butt when it comes to hotel bookings - and at increasingly higher average rates.
The GDS channel posted ADR growth of 4.6% during the second quarter, according to data from TravelClick’s “North American distribution review.” That bested not only the OTAs (3.9% ADR growth) but also brand.com as well as central reservation offices, which house central reservations systems (both at 3.8%).  “Interestingly, the GDS continues to demonstrate growth, especially with higher ADR bookings,” TravelClick’s John Hach noted in a news release. Read More »

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Monday, August 17, 2015

Business profile: The Abbey hotel, Bath

Ian and Christa Taylor have doubled turnover since acquiring the Abbey hotel in Bath three years ago. Janet Harmer finds out how throwing off the shackles of a brand have helped boost business

The branded hotel sector may be expanding, but Ian Taylor believes that independent operators can be just as successful, if not more so, than those with a badge over the door.

Taylor speaks from experience. He and his wife Christa were the owners of the Cotswold House hotel and the Noel Arms in Chipping Campden until they sold the two properties in 2007. During their eight-year tenure, they scooped a rarely-matched three Catey awards – Independent Hotel of the Year in 2005 and Best Independent Marketing Campaign in 2005 and 2007 – after successfully transforming Cotswold House into a high-performing, luxury boutique hotel without the support of a brand. Read More »

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Property Information Report - Ensure descriptions, policies and services etc. are up-to-date. Use detailed room & rate descriptions - these should tell agents & clients why your prices are different.


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