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Here is your chance to make your hotel go global. FIFA World Cup 2014 is just a week away and most of the hotels in Brazil are all geared up to witness a huge number of spectators thronging in the cities where matches are going to be played. This is the time of the year where you as a Brazilian hotelier expect huge bookings and this is the best time to promote your hotel by increasing your hotel review on TripAdvisor. But the question is how to increase the reviews on the hotel reviewing website – TripAdvisor.

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Find out how you can increase your Hotel’s reviews on TripAdvisor

Manage your hotel listing: The first and foremost thing you can do is to go and ‘Manage your listings” section on the website by updating details of your hotel, such as, name, amenities, services and photos of travelers as images really work better than anything else. By doing this, optimizing the page, you are ensuring an increase on the Google ranking.

Set up email alerts: After you are done with the listing and updates, it is advisable to set up alarm or alert that will make you know of any review that gets posted.

Always respond to reviews: It is always fruitful to interact with your customers. As soon as you get a review respond to it and never ignore whether it is positive or negative. Welcome all kinds of feedback and reviews. For any negative review always respond in an apologetic tone to ensure your customer is heard and do not goes anywhere else.

Encourage guests to post reviews: The best way to get reviews on TripAdvisor is to request your guests to post there like and dislikes, reviews, on the website or on your social media links. This will not only increase your business but it will also develop a kind of trust among your guests.

Add a widget to your website: The easiest way to get review from a customer is to add widget on your website that reads “Recommend on TripAdvisor”. Be polite in your request to your to the guests to post review and rate you on TripAdvisor.

There is an expected rise in tourism during the FIFA World Cup 2014 so be prepared to welcome guests from across the planet. Ensure that your guests have the most enjoyable experience during their stay at your property.

Remember, happy guests keep the hospitality business afloat.And to make hotel guest happy with your services enjoy our Cloud PMS Software with 15 days free trial.

 

Change in customer behavior is evident with the choices and demand they make. The specifics are now more important in the luxury hospitality business. This change appears to be an influence of the better living standards and spending power of the customers with the advantage of easy availability via internet. A few decades ago who would have thought of a hotel specifically catering those customers who likes to have amusement for their kids? At present there are hotels that are offering kids-friendly programs like Kid’s spa, club and water parks. The new trend is still in its early stage but it is growing faster among hoteliers.

A child-friendly stay

A lot of people go out exploring different places on the pretext of their kid’s vacations. This is a timely business initiative from many hoteliers to offer family packages which includes many kids’ related amusement and entertainment stuffs to the families to have a better vacation. In a fast paced and growing industry targeting a highly important group makes for a great opportunity for the hospitality business. From oldest to the youngest, all are for better times on vacations. Be it a tropical spot or ski destination, everyone goes with the idea of a fruitful vacation, especially kids.

In this context Heather Beasley, senior VP of the Americas region for the Holiday Inn Brand Family tells, “We know that both families traveling on vacation as well as individuals who when they travel on business are looking for opportunities to spend time with their families is a huge segment of the market.”

Since there is internet for easy accessibility to the hotel properties and facilities to the customers, it makes a good choice for the hotels to spread their services through booking sites. There are numerous hotels which are selling a number of rooms based on reviews on travel and booking websites and being a child-friendly hotel it really makes thing easier for the hotels to reach out to its prospective customers. More and more families are looking forward to see child friendly facilities. It is an important factor found in research that more parents are looking for properties that not only offers comfortable stay for the family, but also gives special amenities that attracts the kids. As a result of this, child-friendly hotels are making a booking appearance, with some going all out to appeal children.

Balsley further adds, “As a parent myself, when you’re making a booking decision and thinking about vacation, the most important things for these families are that their kids feel cared for, that they’re finding experiences for their kids to learn and experience new things.”

Therefore, it is evident that offering amenities and packages where it has child-friendly environment attracts customers with families. The trend is catching up and many hotels are developing their properties in a way to delight the little ones. Here are some ways through which hotels can make it countable:

Creating a Unique Experience: It comes to the hotels to create an environment that ensures unique experience for the kids by developing facilities that offers a great deal of joy. From check-in to check-out, few hotels are making sure that the trip remains memorable for the kids. To understand it better we can take the example of Marco Island Marriot Beach Resort which offers the families with a baby butler service that includes crib in the room, diaper delivery, complimentary meals and gifts for infant along with discounts on purchase of baby items.

In another example, Inn of Anasazi, a luxury hotel in Santa Fe which gives kitchen access to the kids and let them enjoy cooking with professional chefs. The chefs then make children to create the signature dishes of the hotel which later gets served beautifully with the kid’s name on the plate. Not just this, the kids are allowed to decorate cookies that are delivered to their rooms at night. These gives kids a sense of belonging with the hotels that is good for the hotels to develop a long term relation with their customers.

Amenities: Many hotels offer nannies, crèches and babysitting services. Others in the hotel business who took initiative to streamline their business on the kids-friendly model are creating a home-like environment, filling rooms with toys, books, puzzles, bright bedding and healthy snacks. Spa treatment especially for kids is also catching up to attract families. From on-site games to indoor swimming pools, to lessons on golf, there are a wide range of amenities to attract kids and their parents alike. Many hotels keep special space for kids that allow parents to have free time while their children play and make new friends.

Entertainment & Activities: Fiesta Hotel Group has launched a different initiative, Pirates of the Caribbean themed kid’s club offering entertaining activities for kids of 1 to 12 years of age. The activities in the large playground includes game area, pool, video game center, nap zone and craft center, the hotel has taken specifics into consideration and made its staff to wear the themed dress. Indoor cinema, bowling alley and video game zone are few other entertainment ideas are incorporated by the hotel. Outdoor activities are also offered to children in form of biking, horse riding, trekking, treasure hunt and nature walks.

Safety: There are many hotel establishments that are pitching on child-proofing kits to ease the parent minds of the young kids. It is difficult for the parent to travel with all the safety kits. Few beach resorts have initiated the idea of providing baby watch while parents enjoy swimming. Hotels now seem committed to provide safety. The hotels take care of rooms before you arrive. Most hotels put note in their property management system about customization – child proofing, before you reach the property.

Marketing: Hotels are now targeting families with their marketing strategies. Strategically they are trying to reach out to the audience to get a good response.

Sales and marketing consultant, Brenda Fields of Fields & Company says, “Marketing should be directed to families and adults with kids and supported by the appropriate product offerings such as swimming pool, games, sports room, video games and children’s foods.”

To ensure better return in terms of customers, your marketing strategy should be attractive to children. It means the marketing plan should have a kid-friendly, listing all the packages. Some hotels are also offering customizing packages for different age group of children – infant, toddler, kids, teens, to provide joyous experience for parents too. To make your hotel all child-friendly, begin it in small way, because every step counts.

To have a systematic approach to child-friendly hotel you should use property management system (PMS), by this you can streamline and control room bookings. The point of sales (POS) module of system helps you to add more child-centric amenities while having a better management of the resources. This prominent feature can definitely work better in the hotel industry. Try and reap the benefits!

The evident question with the implementation of a new PMS (Property management system) is about its adaptability among the various people attached to the hotel business – staff, customers, visitors and etc. Since any kind of change in an existing establishment brings disruption and stress, it is very important to ensure seamless running at the very implementation stage of the system.

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Any change in a well-established system often brings disruption and stress in the working methodology of the establishment. It is a natural process where new things take time before people get used to it. In the case of property management system which is installed for the first time in a hotel establishment calls for disruption into its day-to-day routine. This is not just with a new installation but also happens when a property management system is upgraded with existing PMS. This not only affects the staff but also the guests as well. But the disruption is for a limited period until the business process don’t get familiarize and also depends upon the quality of the system that you are planning to install for your property.

These disruptions arising from the change or up-gradation of a certain property management system can be tamed with a prepared team which is organizationally and mentally strong to ensure that the switch is less stressful for everyone involved with the process. One important thing here is that at the beginning of the installation process, make sure that everyone is excited about the coming change, and carry on with evaluation and implementation during the training phase of the new system.

Some interesting factors that may possibly affect the installation of the new system:

  • Replacement of present system which is obsolete
  • End of the franchise agreement or hotel plans to go on its own way where it needs a new property management system.
  • When you are opening of a new hotel/restaurant then you need a hospitality management system to administer the new property.

Once the decision is made about the purchasing of the property management system then the vendor or software provider will help you in planning, evaluation and implementation of the PMS.

Although there are numerous PMS available in the market but it will be a worthy investment to look at Hotelogix property management system, which is one of the easiest to go with starters for it allows better administration and offers a seamless management of housekeeping, multiple POS, regional offices, restaurants, front desk, reservation and booking and also brings hotel’s website on an unified platform.

IT professionals have become an integral part of the hospitality industry since a lot of business in hotel sector comes through internet. Creating and developing websites, applications and booking platform for hotels, it is playing a bigger role in reviving the industry post 9/11.

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After the 9/11 attack on America the travel industry suffered the most. It is understandable that the apprehension of travelers grow with such incident. If the industry had to stand at its old self it had to reinvent itself and take few serious steps to revive it. Many organizations took some innovative approaches to curb the slowdown in the wake of unfortunate incident by making required changes for better management of internal operations, with thought of increasing revenues.

The hotel business without any doubt suffered badly and profits of the hoteliers went down to a great extent, the situation was a little better for hotel industry in comparison to the airline sector. However, despite this an effort was required to revive the hotel industry and looking at the situation big hotel chains started making serious investment in their websites and online marketing and worked to streamline the advertising and promotion related activities.

In this, information technology played a vital role in pulling out a tremendous show for the hotel industry in the past decade. IT professionals and web developers of hotel technology platforms playing a significant role in the revival of the hotel business, behind the scene their role is to ensure smooth IT operation throughout the hospitality sector. While these professionals work from various locations in case of different small hotels, large scale hotel chains have their own IT departments to look after the needs. The on-site IT teams are normally on the payment roll of the hotel establishment and form integral part of the hotel staff. Here, nearly all the professionals come from the hospitality background along with IT qualification, thereby ensuring the right platform for the hotel business.

Since online hotel bookings and reservations play a key role in the modern day hotel business, IT will continue to play an integral part in the growth of hotel industry in the times to arrive. Hotelogix is one of the most trusted web based property management system that a number of IT managers in hotels are turning to for a smoother operation of their property.

While you are busy testing and trying various methods of online marketing, the affairs of the hotel, day-to-day activities, can be left to a reliable system. Hotelogix in this regard is one of the trusted property management systems that offers a comprehensive set of features to run a mid or small size hospitality business in an efficient manner.

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Gradually the whole dynamics of marketing has changed. Online marketing or marketing on internet has emerged as a significant marketing tool in the hands of marketers and hotel establishments. Considering the change which appears around the world in the present age of internet, the very basis of its popularity is real time connectivity and dissemination of information faster than ever, online marketing exploits the connectivity which internet provides and it plays a major role in connecting the potential customers which are just a click away from the mouse. But to make the most from online marketing one need to be aware of following strategies that can take the hotel’s online marketing plans to the next level. It is to note that some of them might look simple and easy, they are often overlooked for the same in the whole scheme but using them will help tremendously in building greater rapport.

Awareness is half battle won

For a successful strategy for an entity, it is of highest significance that one should remain up to date with the emerging and latest tricks of the trade. Being aware and informed about how other businesses are going about their strategies can play a major role in determining the level of investment in certain schemes of online marketing. Assessment of such small details will help in building successful business position in the market.

It is important to assess and review an online marketing method for the hotel as it determines the outcome, if it works best for the hotel. To analyze what is working for others requires a good study of strategies being already followed by some of the hotel business owners. You can, thereafter, focus on key methods applied by them to get an edge over their competitors. Once the clear picture has arrived, you will be capable of allocating your resources in a more beneficial manner.

Identification of Goals and Targets

To have a better strategy in place in online marketing you need to identify you goals first with the respect to each method that you are going to use in your business plan. Whether you are going to initiate bran building – online, or want to establish your relationship with different channels of online booking and the clients or you want to increase visibility and traffic or just business using internet marketing. If you are clear in your objective of online marketing then you will be able to focus on the methods of online marketing that will help you to achieve.

Well defined goals lead to a clear thought. Once you are aware of what you actually want to achieve, you can use the resources and methods in best possible way to accomplish your goals.

Perseverance is the key

Often people give up in between as online marketing takes time and acts unpredictably. However, it is very important to understand that you have to deal patiently with it in order to get the best results. As we said that it is a time consuming exercise and unpredictable in nature, you will see the positive outcome if you deal with it in a patient manner. The success of the online marketing lies with your commitment to the plan until the time you see any concrete result, either success or failure. It is understandable, sticking with one strategy or plan can be testing considering the worldwide scenario of the hotel market.

It depends whether you tweak or readjust your strategies accordingly, if they are seemingly not bearing any fruitful result in expected time it becomes important to consider changes.

To conclude the whole affair of online marketing, especially in terms of hotel marketing, it is entirely a different ball game if compared to the conventional methods applied in marketing. This is a significant point (difference) that all needs to keep in mind.

 

Boom in technology has touched every business and hospitality industry is no different when it comes to using the technology for better results. It is that effect which is making more and more midsize and small hotel owners using property management system (PMS) for an effective and efficient functioning of their property. A PMS is an application/software which is designed specifically keeping in mind the needs and requirements of hotel business. It basically makes things easy for the hotel and its staff by providing them with necessary tools and resources to ensure smooth running of hotel’s amenities and facilities, therefore making sure better services for the guests.

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Property management system can be of great help in creating an environment for better performance of the various activities in a hotel, including reservation & booking, inventory management, housekeeping, room services, billing and accounting, report generation, marketing, promotion and etc. Considering the fact that Hotel PMS is a competitive tool that helps in the better performance of various tasks of a hotel establishment, it should be properly integrated to meet the desired result for a hotel.

The hotel property management software should ideally come with all necessary features that can be required to make life easier for the staff and employees of the hotel and help them to achieve high efficiency in real time. Let’s check some of the reservation features of a property management system which is said to be a revolutionary step in hotel industry. There are various features in a PMS which should be implemented and integrated with other functionalists of the hotel. Determining its advantages there are some elements to consider including facilitation of creation and updation of reservation for the business, in groups and individual as well. Further, the PMS system should come with other functions that help in tracking important factors like room confirmation, room cancellations, deposits, room blocking, waiting-list etc.

Efficiency of a property management system will be measured with the fact that whether it offers assistance in analysis, forecasting and control of room rates. These features are a must for a compatible PMS in today’s hotel business. It helps in determining the future course of action required to increase revenue of the hotel. Moreover, these features enhance the chances to have a competitive edge over competitors by managing a competitive rate in the market. Furthermore, there should be additional feature for management that could help them in making sound business decisions and understanding whether they can draw better revenue from their property. If not, then the system must have the ability to generate reports that can help in taking corrective steps.

Another important character that a successful PMS should offer is – profile handling. The main purpose of this is to keep a better record of all groups, guests, agents, sources, business accounts and other important contacts that is required for a successful running of a hotel. Room management is a key feature that helps the hotels to track the housekeeping, maintenance, and facility management. Whereas, the accounting feature of a PMS is used to look after the accounting function like billing, invoicing, payments, account research etc. In PMS the reporting feature has its own importance as it is basically used to generate reports for management, which are then used to take critical and important business decisions aimed to improve the overall functioning of the business.

Before making a final decision about purchasing a property management system, you must ensure that you are well aware of your hotel needs. Once you are sure of your need make a list of all features that you would require to enhance the efficiency of your hotel business and then invite different providers with quotations. At the end of the whole process of finalizing a compatible PMS, conduct comprehensive research and do comparative analysis to decide on a specific software provider which will give you the value of your money.

It is beyond doubt that the right set of skills and right approach, an ascending change in hospitality market is inevitable, is a clear indicative of universal growth. However, it is also important to give emphasis on the criterion required to achieve such growth. Remember that growth in itself invites the need for up-gradation of existing set up, including hotel reservation software of the hotel property. To understand the process in a better way one must appreciate the need of up-graduation of your hotel reservation software, it is recommended that you should ask yourself a few questions as given below:

 

  1. The first and foremost question that needs an answer is that does your hotel reservation software addresses certain problems/situation properly or not due or the lack of flexibility and provision in the system makes you overlook such issues?

 

  1. Does your hotel reservation software often hangs up – a technical problem exists with software – and shows incapability to run the process in multiple set of instruction from different location at the same time? Does this happen regularly than before?

 

  1. Is your hotel reservation software compatible with the latest technologies? The current version of operating system (OS) which you are using is up-to-date version or least used version of OS?

 

  1. Up-gradation of the software offers new and latest features to enhance the results. Have you upgraded the software to benefit your business in your daily business operations as it smoother the experience?
  2. Do you think that there is a chance that you might end up running into file format issues which may in the event make you to open the back up for the current property management system at the work station?

For the above questions if your answer is not in affirmation then read further to formalize yourself with the benefits of upgrading your hotel reservation software regularly:

Normally, the team set up to look after the software development works tirelessly to find and introduce new features and better functionality into the existing version of applications. Regularly upgrading your hotel reservation system will make the best use of the new features and also improve the efficiency of your process, as the upgraded version looks into the previous flaws of the software – consistent improvement – eliminating bugs associated with older version of the software. Overall the results are emphatic as it provides a smoother and seamless version of the hotel reservation software. Regular update is recommended for a faster and hassle-free operation of the software for hotel, as the new version of the software will be compatible with the latest technologies. In addition to this, the upgrades will also take into account the changes in property’s infrastructure, for example – update/renovated utilities, added numbers of rooms, latest rent structure, new facilities, different types of rooms, menu updates, billing system etc.

 

The latest updates and up-gradation of your hotel software will not only make it more powerful, strong and able but also enable your users to stay updated with the latest technologies/features added up and made available in the market. The latest updates will further enhance the software and make the system more compatible with the new age computer peripherals/equipment. All this will define the customer satisfaction.

 

If you really want to gain from the hotel reservation software and want to maximize the results, it is vital that you upgrade and maintain the system on regular basis without a miss. This will not only keep your hotel or business up-to-date with the time but also enhance the employee morals and customer satisfaction.

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