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Unusual, Unique, and… Underrated: Europe’s Hidden Hotel Gems

by December 15, 2016 9:06 am , Leave a comment

Looking for some travel inspiration in 2017? TrustYou took a look at some of Europe’s most popular cities and identified the most underrated hotels. According to traveler reviews, these are the hotels worth checking out on the next trip to Rome, Madrid or Paris! The list is based on a mix of the TrustScore, a scoring system that TrustYou has created for hotels based on more than 100 categories, and hotel popularity. TrustYou analyzed only hotels with reviews in the past 24 months and identified less popular hotels as those with  review counts lower than 10% of the threshold. Based… read more »

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What Hotels Can Learn from Amazon Go

by December 13, 2016 10:00 am , , Leave a comment

Last week, online retail giant, Amazon, wowed the internet community when they released this preview of their new shopping innovation, Amazon Go. The concept is a “Just Walk Out” shopping model that allows customers to buy what they need without having to stand in a checkout line. The news filtered through most major news outlets, all with the collective opinion that Amazon was changing retail stores as we know them today. While the technology can be complicated, most critics agree that customer demand for this type of shopping experience will rise. But why does this shake-up in the retail space also important for… read more »

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How Hotels Can Increase Guest Survey Response Rates

by November 29, 2016 10:00 am , Leave a comment

Guest feedback is essential to any service-based business, so it’s no surprise that hoteliers are always looking to encourage guest reviews via guest surveys. Reviews offer unparalleled insight to your guests’ experience. If you want to increase your guest survey response rates, take the time to reduce barriers to entry and increase efficiency. From post-stay emails to incentives, there are a few easy-to-implement ways to get the most out of your efforts.   Make it Simple and Easy   First, hotels should remove as many barriers to entry as possible for guest survey responses. Guests are far less likely to leave… read more »

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How to Use Reputation Management to Influence Hotel CapEx

by October 26, 2016 10:41 pm , Leave a comment

Introduction to Hotel CapEx   Hotels have a lot of options when it comes to allocating capital expenditure, or CapEx, budgets each year. Without proper data and research, it’s nearly impossible to choose the most impactful improvements that will maximize return on investment. Hotels that take the time to analyze their existing data, i.e. guest reviews, have the the opportunity to choose the best projects. Here’s how you can use reputation management to allocate your hotel’s CapEx.   What is a capital expenditure?   A capital expenditure is either a newly purchased asset or an investment in a current capital… read more »

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Hotel Case Study: How One Hotel Group Leveraged Guest Feedback to Increase Bookings

by October 19, 2016 10:00 am , Leave a comment

Three years ago, Petit Palace Hoteles, a young, modern hotel chain located in Spain, made the decision to utilize guest feedback to improve guest experiences, increase the number of returning visitors, and boost the number of direct bookings. In late 2013, Petit Palace Hoteles partnered with the world’s largest guest feedback platform, TrustYou, and the results have been nothing short of remarkable. To start, some of Petit Palace Hoteles 31 properties, increased revenue up to 200% with increased reputation scores and visibility. To achieve this success, the hotels integrated guest feedback into every stage of the guest journey with the… read more »

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Back to Hotel Basics: Service Recovery

by October 18, 2016 10:00 am , , Leave a comment

When a hotel services tens of thousands of guests each year, complications are bound to arise. As the old adage goes, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.  No hotel is perfect and complaints pop up despite the best of intentions.  Service recovery, or how a hotel handles these issues, can make or break subsequent ratings and reviews.   Be One Step Ahead The best way to provide a positive on-site experience is to stay one step ahead of potential problems. One way to do this is by monitoring feedback and common gripes to find solutions preemptively and train staff… read more »

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Win Direct Bookings with Post-Stay Feedback

by October 12, 2016 9:00 am , Leave a comment

In our ongoing blog series, we have already discussed how hotels can drive direct bookings during the search and booking and onsite experience phases of the guest journey. To help complete the cycle, we will continue with strategies that impact post-stay feedback. Did you know that nearly half of a hotel’s published online reviews are solicited from the hotel itself? While this may be a lot of work for the hotel, the end result is well worth the effort. Solicited guest reviews are positive 81% of the time and result in 8% higher scores for the hotel. Therefore, hotels should make… read more »

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Hotelier Q&A: The Hotel Tech Stack And the Best Hotel Tech Investments

by October 11, 2016 6:37 pm , Leave a comment

A lot can change in just a few years – especially in the hospitality industry. For today's hotelier, creating and maintaining a hotel tech stack is a constant challenge. David Tuza began his career in hospitality as the 10th employee at a then little-known company called SiteMinder. Pretty soon, the Australian-based company known for its cloud-based hospitality software had gone global, expanding to over 400 employees with over 22,000 hotels under its belt.   After spending seven years at SiteMinder, Tuza joined Event Hospitality & Entertainment Limited as their Technical Operations Manager, where he lives and breathes everything hotel technology.… read more »

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How to Turn an OTA Acquisition into a Loyal Guest

by October 5, 2016 7:11 pm , Leave a comment

So you get a booking from an OTA. You’re excited, but also wish that the booking had come direct so you didn’t have to pay commission. It’s ok...there’s still a way to turn that OTA booking into future direct revenue.   The answer is simple: control the onsite experience. OTAs are not going anywhere soon, but there is a way to counter their strategies and make the most out of their acquisitions. The major advantage that hotels have over OTA is the onsite experience, which in turn can drive guest loyalty.    Here are a few ways to improve your hotel’s… read more »

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Back to the Basics: Is Hotel Wi-Fi an Amenity or a Necessity?

by October 4, 2016 6:38 pm , Leave a comment

Hotels may debate over which amenities to offer at their property, but travelers agree: the one they want most is hotel Wi-Fi.  A Hotels.com survey determined that over half of all hotel customers wish free wireless internet was available at all hotels.  TripAdvisor confirms this finding, stating 46% of travelers would specifically book a different hotel if their first choice didn’t offer complimentary hotel Wi-Fi. These customer bases are too high to ignore.  Internet has become a utility, like hot water or electricity, rather than an optional service.  Guests have online access everywhere, from fast food restaurants to bus stops.… read more »