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Virtual Reality In Travel – Should Your Hotel Embrace It?

by October 30, 2017 12:50 pm , , Leave a comment

When the Lumière brothers pioneered a little concept called cinematography, back in 1896, the moving image of a train arriving in a station was incredibly mind-blowing for people everywhere. It fact, it was so unbelievable that it is said the first audience ran away screaming from the theater because they felt like the train was coming right at them and they perceived it as a real danger. Fast forward more than a century and we are now running towards such concepts instead of away from them. Even the rise of 3D, once the movie Avatar aired, seems to be such… read more »

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Your Guests Are International – Your Hotel’s Approach Should Be Too

by September 19, 2017 10:58 am , , Leave a comment

Whether we’re talking about vacations, business travels or single-night stays, international visitors are a big faction of any hotel’s total number of guests. Especially if your hotel is located in a central area of a bigger city or in a popular holiday region, you probably greet foreign visitors on a daily basis. This is why it’s extremely important to know exactly how to not only attract them, but keep them coming.   Any type of guest deserves an equal amount of attention, respect and the same effort and dedication from the hotel’s management team. It might, however, be easier to… read more »

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Millienials Are Choosing OTAs – How Can Reviews Influence Their Decisions?

by August 29, 2017 1:30 pm , , Leave a comment

It has become pretty clear by now that millennial travelers are here to stay. Sure, Gen Z is quickly catching up, but millennials are still leading the race and hospitality is going above and beyond to adapt to this particular generation of consumers. Driving millennials to a hotel and keeping things as personal as possible has become a priority for hotels and, naturally, this includes direct bookings.   What happens though when millennials choose OTAs rather than booking directly on the hotel website? Unfortunately, this is not a rhetorical question, but a reality. Studies show that indirect bookings are on… read more »

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What Comes After Millennials – Is Your Hotel Ready For Gen Z?

by June 27, 2017 12:16 pm , , Leave a comment

It’s safe to assume that, in the last few years, the word “millennials” became a staple in everyone’s vocabulary. Especially when it comes to hospitality and travel, gen Y, as they are also called, is still a pretty hot topic.  Accommodations all over the world are striving to change and adapt, in order to fit the needs and expectations of millennials. After all, they are the largest cohort in history. But, as a wise man once said, the only constant in life is change, so it should come as no surprise that millennials are already becoming a thing of the… read more »

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Can Hotel Apps Build Instant Brand Loyalty?

by September 21, 2016 10:00 am , , Leave a comment

If there’s one word we’re all concerned about in the hospitality industry, it’s brand loyalty – and how to get more of it from our guests. We roll out the red carpet (figuratively and sometimes literally), try to give impeccable service, anticipate demands before they’re even made; yet we’re all still struggling with brand loyalty. Are native hotel apps the solution to finally cracking the brand loyalty problem, once and for all? First, let’s take a look at the pros and cons of native hotel apps (the ones many hotel brands have such as Starwood, Marriott, Mandarin, etc.):   Pros and… read more »

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The Growing Significance of the Mobile Concierge

by July 6, 2016 3:00 pm , , , Leave a comment

Today, technology, almost more than anything, plays a huge role in how consumers book and experience travel. Prior to our hyper-connected world, travelers relied on brands and hotel concierges to get trusted tips and tricks. Now there’s more information than travelers even know what to do with. There is an ever-growing number of mobile apps to help people get where they’re going. New mobile technology helps make it easier for business to provide information and consumers to receive it. Personalized travel is becoming the new norm and now startups want to help solve consumers' pain points. As a hotelier, it’s… read more »

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It’s Here! The Recommended Method (and Cadence) of Responding to Reviews

by May 25, 2016 2:03 pm , , Leave a comment

Over the past few years, you may have heard multiple, and often differing, opinions on how hotels should respond to online reviews. Recently, Cornell released a study that helps hotels answer the age-old question. The study found correlations between reviews and hotel revenue and that there are two key limitations on how review responses lead to revenue improvements: 1). Too many responses is worse than offering no response and 2). Consumers more appreciate responses to negative reviews. So how can hotels utilize this information to update their current response process? Here are a few tips and guidelines. Prioritizing Review Responses… read more »

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Survey shows that TrustYou is the most used program for online reputation management

by November 19, 2015 10:28 am Leave a comment

Online reviews have developed as an important marketing instrument for hotels. The right way of dealing with reviews results in a stronger customer relationship, more bookings, higher revenue and offers possibilities for better quality management.* The most convenient way to overview and manage the numerous reviews on the many different platforms are online reputation management tools. Tourismuspartner, experts for hotel reviews and online reputation, recently conducted a study with 20 hotel chains in Germany, Austria and Switzerland like Accor, Lindner and Motel One, examining the topic “How hotel chains manage the flood of reviews”. TrustYou was named as the ORM… read more »

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Is Amazon Too Late to the Fake Review Crack Down?

by October 21, 2015 9:42 am Leave a comment

Articles about how to spot a fake travel review are a dime a dozen, but in this consumer-driven, instant-access economy, the onus simply can’t be on the buyer to detect fraudulent reviews. Without the bandwidth—or let’s face it, the desire—to do the legwork, consumers will gravitate toward sources that offer the most-trustworthy reviews.   Amazon knows this. Last Friday, the company took its second round of legal action this year against fraudulent reviewers in an effort to prevent degradation of its brand—and, clearly, to keep the consumers coming. This is certainly one way to do it, though notably reactive.  … read more »

You love our hotel? Well, I really don’t care. Why Selective Hospitality is Not Okay

by January 21, 2013 4:49 pm , Leave a comment

Imagine a guest walks up to the front desk of your property and says, “I absolutely love your hotel! It has the most comfortable beds ever, your staff could not be any nicer and the meal I had last night in your restaurant was the best I’ve had in ages. Outstanding!” The person behind the front desk just looks at them and says nothing. Not a word. Complete silence. A blank stare. You would be appalled. That’s the opposite of hospitality and, in fact, it’s just downright rude. Right? (It’s a rhetorical question, don’t answer.) So why is it okay… read more »