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Monday, April 20, 2015

Hotel guests 'are being fleeced by online agents'

Hotel guests 'are being fleeced by online agents': Hoteliers say they are forced to hike prices to cover 25% commission taken by websites.

* Booking.com and Late-Rooms.com charge between 15 to 25% commission
* Hoteliers also told not to use their own web pages to undercut sites
* Booking sites pay huge advertising fees to internet search engines
* Experts say the booking websites are rarely competitive.

Online travel agents are parasites that rip families off and force prices up, furious hoteliers said yesterday. The two biggest websites, Booking.com and Late-Rooms.com, charge a commission of 15 to 25 per cent of what the customer pays – and rake in millions a year. Hotels say they have to raise room prices to make up for the commission taken from their rates by the websites.

To see the full article:

http://http//www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3044298/Hotel-guests-fleeced-online-agents-Hoteliers-say-forced-hike-prices-cover-25-commission-taken-websites.html

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Wednesday, January 21, 2015

HRS loses rate parity appeal, calls for unified approach

A German court has ruled parity clauses from hotel specialist HRS are anti-competitive, paving the way for similar decisions on other online intermediaries. Read More »

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Navarino's Technology Partner, Sabre Hospitality Solutions is ​set to transform hotel experience for travellers with new SynXis Enterprise Platform

 Navarino's Technology Partner, Sabre Hospitality Solutions is ​set to transform hotel experience for travellers with new SynXis Enterprise Platform.

Sabre Corporation announced the launch of the SynXis Enterprise Platform, an integrated hospitality technology solution that will unlock unprecedented value and profitability for hoteliers by helping them personalize the guest experience as well as transform hotel operations, distribution and marketing systems.

See full article on - http://www.traveldailynews.com/news/article/63234/sabre-set-to-transform-hotel

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Monday, October 20, 2014

Tory MPs urge George Osborne to cut VAT on hotels and attractions

Dozens of Conservatives MPs are calling on George Osborne to cut VAT on hotels and tourist attractions as fears rise about the advance of the UK Independence party in coastal constituencies at the general election.

The Cut Tourism VAT campaign, supported by 87 MPs, has called for value added tax to be reduced from 20 per cent to 5 per cent, bringing the UK closer to other European countries.

VAT on hotel stays is charged at 6 per cent in Portugal and 7 per cent in Germany. In the Netherlands and Belgium the rate is 6 per cent in hotels and theme parks. Read More »

Friday, September 05, 2014

Hotel revPAR reaches pre-recession levels

Hotels in eight out of 12 UK cities included in the Hotel Bulletin for Q2 2014 achieved revenues per available room (revPAR) above pre-recession levels.

Aberdeen, Bath, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Leeds, Manchester and London outperformed their 2008 results in the second quarter of this year, while Cardiff reached the same levels.
Belfast, Birmingham, Liverpool and Newcastle were still below 2008 levels despite revPAR growth in all cities. Read More »