10 Online Travel Agencies you should connect to today
Your own website
It might come as a surprise, and it is indeed a little cheeky, but we're very serious: Your website should be considered your first and most important channel!
Thanks to the Billboard Effect, being listed on OTAs will bring bookers back to your website.
Make sure that you have a good, responsive website and an efficient, user friendly Booking Engine that will entice guests to book directly. You can motivate them with special offers and rates tailored only if they book using your website direct
For all hotels, small and big: A good website & Booking Engine is the only way to increase Direct Bookings and pay less commission to OTAs.
The world’s largest accommodation website, Booking.com has now expanded their reach into the small accommodation market too, now including family operated Bed and Breakfasts, Vacation Rentals and Self-Catering Apartments.
- Booking.com have 135 offices in over 50 countries worldwide.
- Booking.com is now available in over 40 different languages and offers over half a million properties across 207 countries. That’s some reach!
- There are over 700,000 room nights reserved on Booking.com every day.
- In Europe, Booking.com drives 50% of all European online hotel bookings (Source Tnooz).
- Booking.com currently has 83 million verified reviews.
- The great benefit for hoteliers and accommodation providers is that you only pay Booking.com when a booking is made. No monthly fees are necessary.
Commission based: from 15% and more, depending on your market.
For everyone: Big and Small Hotels, Bed & Breakfasts, Hostels and Vacation Rentals.
Airbnb has changed the travel accommodation industry, as the home sharing giant embarks on entering the online hotel distribution space.
This travel website is diverse in listings and can be accessed by almost anyone from air beds in apartments to enchanted castles, according to Airbnb’s website. There is an element of safety with Airbnb, as you can be sure of your guest’s identity. Moreover, reviews from previous hosts tell you what your guest is like as a guest.
- Number of total guests: 200,000,000+
- Number of listings: 3,000,000+
- Number of countries: 192
- Countries/Regions where most prominent: Global
Commission based: Commission 3% host fee and 6-12% guest fee.
For smaller and unique Hotels, Bed & Breakfasts and Vacation Rental.
Benjamin was born in Lyon, France, with a insatiable thirst for adventure and entrepreneurship. He fell in love with Ireland and opened his first hotel in Dublin in 2008, experiencing first hand the lack of key in hand professional hospitality services tailored for independant hotels owners. HotelMinder was born not long after.
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