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Thursday, September 15, 2016

OTA vs BE conversion

Sometimes, we all need to be reminded of just how much we’re throwing away by leaning too heavily on OTAs as a primary source of online bookings. Everyone knows that OTA bookings cost more, but very little is ever made of the amazing fact that OTA bookings are usually much lower in total value than direct bookings. Read More »

Thursday, September 01, 2016

Travel Agents Are Back

MMGY research over the past three or four years, and this year in particular, shows a huge jump - a 50% increase - in the number of travelers who plan to use a travel agent. Read More »

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Sabre Revs Up for Further Growth in 2016

Sabre travel agents can expect the “next big release” of the Sabre Red Workspace this summer, chief executive officer Tom Klein said today.

During a conference call with investment analysts to discuss the company’s fourth quarter and full year earnings, Klein said the upgraded desktop will include graphical merchandising capabilities that support increased ancillary and branded fare sales, and enhance hotel capabilities.  Read More »

Friday, December 18, 2015

GDS biggest opportunity for independent hotels

Corporate spend is up and business travelers are moving away from online travel agencies, a Hotel News Now roundtable discussion revealed. To attain the shift from OTA to direct, hotels are increasingly targeting corporations booking via GDS'.
In a virtual roundtable, Hotel News Now via email asked three hoteliers whose portfolios include a mix of independent hotels how they are preparing for distribution as the New Year approaches.

- Robert A. Rauch, president and founder of R.A. Rauch & Associates: “The corporate market is the biggest distribution opportunity for independent hotels. Corporate spend is up and business travelers are moving away from (online travel agencies). This is witnessed by our huge growth in direct reservations in 2015 over 2014. Certainly this does not happen by osmosis. To attain the shift from OTA to direct we are targeting GDS users who are largely corporate.” Read More »

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Room for growth in 2015-2016

European cities hotel forecast for 2015 and 2016 for 20 gateway cities from Amsterdam to Zurich

European cities hotel forecast 2015 and 2016 analyses trading trends and gives econometric forecasts for 20 cities, all national or regional capitals of finance, commerce and culture. This year, in addition to the economic and travel outlook, we also look at some thought provoking predictions for 2015 and their potential impact on hotels; as well as the impact of strong hotel trading on the deals outlook in Europe. Read More »