TripAdvisor urged to create new channel dedicated to hostels

Excerpt from Tnooz As TripAdvisor attempts to position itself at the centre of the online world, one group of accommodation owners is not impressed at being sidelined. Given that the global hostel industry is estimated to be growing at a rate of some 37% over the past decade and is now a $34 billion industry, Mor argues, […]

TripAdvisor rolls out direct bookings engine to independent owners

A new service to generate direct booking opportunities for independent hotels and bed and breakfast owners is being launched by TripAdvisor. The self-service TripConnect platform allows TripAdvisor Business Listings subscribers to participate in hotel price comparison and to drive direct bookings from TripAdvisor to their own websites. TripConnect will enable independent accommodation owners to bid […]

WIHP’s 2013 Direct Bookings Survey

Leading online hotels marketing firm WIHP (World Independent Hotels Promotion) has just released their 2013 “Direct Booking Comparison Analysis. This latest direct survey of some 15,000 plus hotel guests offers a clear snapshot of guest booking decision making. Over the last three years WIHP analysts have ferreted through so-called Big Data in an endeavor to fully optimize marketing strategies. […]

London Boutique Hostel Awarded Tripadvisor Certificate Of Excellence 2013

Palmers Lodge , a top London boutique hostel and a STAY WYSE Member, has been awarded the TripAdvisor’s Certificate of Excellence for the second year running. Travel website TripAvisor has just awarded Palmers Lodge its 2013 Certificate of Excellence.  This is the second award for the London hostel, with the Hillspring Lodge location picking up the honours in […]

Eight Hospitality Trends that Define Millennial Travelers

Millennial travelers are on the rise. You can spot them with their smartphones waiting for a flight, working on their Macbook in a hotel lobby, or maybe even hailing a taxi while still in a meeting. By 2030, this generation of travelers is expected to reach 78 million and outnumber baby boomers by 18 million, […]

TripAdvisor’s plan to get another 100 million reviews: Have hotels do the work

The hotel review giant, which hosts more than 100 million reviews and opinions on its sites and apps in 30 countries, just figured out a way to stretch out its review lead even further past wannabes such as Google, and online travel agency sites. After testing it since November 2012, TripAdvisor today officially launches Review Express, […]

SANDEMANs NEW Europe is proud to announce the launch of operations in Barcelona, Spain

It was only 10 years ago that Chris Sandeman invited a few travellers to a free tour of Berlin, asking solely for voluntary tips in direct proportion to the quality of the tour. The FREE TOUR concept was in instant success and within a decade walking tours had a new face, legions of budget-conscious, history-hungry travellers storming to the […]

Cape Town targets youth travelers

Cape Town Tourism, Wesgro, and the City of Cape Town have returned from travel trade expo and conference, ITB Berlin, after successful meetings with airlines, the travel trade, media, travel bloggers, and platforms like Facebook and Tripadvisor. Airlines are reporting a positive take-up of flights to Cape Town and extra flights may be made available […]

Abraham Hostel ranks among top worldwide best

Trendy hub for young travellers named 8th best large hostel in the world by international booking site It’s all about atmosphere, maintains Gal Mor, the co-owner and manager of one of the trendiest hubs for young international travelers in Jerusalem these days. “If you look around, you’ll see that our rooms are clean and functional, but […]

Tripadvisor Directly Affects Rates, Occupancy & RevPar

Professor Kris Anderson from Cornell University in his recent white paper ‘The Impact of Social Media on Lodging Performance’ demonstrated that online guest satisfaction has a direct impact not only on occupancy but also on RevPar and rates.The study is performed by The Center of Hospitality Research in partnership with ReviewPro, STR Global, and Travelocity; […]