Tripadvisor Transforms to Booking Channel: Don’t Miss Out

There has been alot of tweeting, blogging and facebooking about Tripadvisor´s new service recently. It is sheduled to start in September. Here a summary of the facts:

taTripadvisor Connect will allow independent hotels and B&B´s to display real-time availability and online booking on their Tripadvisor profile and let them participate in the hotel price comparison search.

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Online Bookings for Booking Agents and Booking Portals

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A web site is often the first contact point a guest has when looking for accommodation. Most people do not spend the time sending out enquiries. They expect to see if the room or lodging they are interested in is available while they are searching. Agents who don’t show availability on their website risk losing potential customers.

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Increase Hotel and B&B Revenue by Cross-selling and Up-selling

The idea of cross-selling is getting a customer to buy something else together with the product or service they already have chosen. The classic example is McDonald’s standard question: ‘Do you want fries with that?’ Cross-selling does not mean manipulating your guests. It is about offering something the customer has  genuine interest in, someting well-connected to the product they already have decided they want.

Do you offer additional services such as transport, meals, bicycle hire, a sightseeing trip, room-extras, tours , classes, activities or events? How about sports?  Do you have a tennis court, fitness room? Tell your guests and let them book them as extras together with their room.

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Online Bookings from WordPress Sites

WordPress is becoming very popular with smaller hotels, B&Bs guest houses and inns. Though it was created as a blog software it can also serve as a CMS for a website. Integrating a blog and a website can be one reason to choose WordPress over other CMS options.READ MORE