Soon, BookingBuddy and others who developed similar tools, which expanded from flights and into hotels, were displaying six advertisers, showing even more partners in drop-down menus, and charging extra for premium placements.
Photo credit: This November 2004 screenshot shows Booking Buddy's hotel compare tool. The company figured out how to deliver a traveler from Google to a travel site, and then monetize that visit over and over. PlaceIt by Breezi
NEW YORK, March 31, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Oyster.com, the hotel tell-all known for its independent and unbiased expert hotel reviews, today announced that it has published content for more than 10,000 hotels across 76 countries and six continents. The site, which launched in June 2009 with just 250 hotels, has added upwards of 7,000 properties since it was acquired by TripAdvisor, Inc., less than a year and a half ago.
Oyster employs a massive global network of investigators who visit, photograph, review and rate each hotel. At least 50 of its trained experts are out in the field on any given day. "A core principle since our founding has been to show and tell people what their hotel is going to be like before they get there. Our goal is to find them just the right property for their needs. With more than 10,000 hotels, 3.6 million unique photos and our expert reviews, travelers have the information they need at their fingertips," says Oyster Cofounder and General Manager Eytan Seidman.
In addition to publishing its 10,000th hotel, Oyster has launched several significant enhancements in recent months. Most notable is its new panoramic imagery through the use of High Dynamic Range (HDR) photography and fish-eye lenses. Currently available for 2,800 properties, such as the Villa Marbella Suites in the U.S. Virgin Islands, these new panoramas allow consumers to more accurately perceive numerous spaces throughout a hotel, including guest rooms, the lobby, pools, beaches and more. They will complement the robust still imagery on the site.
Oyster.com, The Hotel Tell-All, is the Web's hotel truth serum. Its mission is to deliver unbiased, expert information about hotels and make it easy to discover the perfect destination. Oyster sends trained experts to visit, comprehensively photograph, critique and rate each hotel reviewed on Oyster. Featured on and in hundreds of media outlets, including The Today Show, 20/20, the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, The Economist and many more, Oyster's hotel experts visit each property in person and take hundreds of honest photos so that travelers know what to really expect when they arrive. There are in-depth reviews of 10,000 hotels in hundreds of cities, including New York City hotels, Miami hotels and London hotels, with more than 1,000 hotels added every month. Oyster.com was founded in 2008, launched in 2009 and is currently a part of TripAdvisor, Inc.
About TripAdvisorTripAdvisor is the world's largest travel site*, enabling travelers to plan and book the perfect trip. TripAdvisor offers trusted advice from travelers and a wide variety of travel choices and planning features with seamless links to booking tools that check hundreds of websites to find the best hotel prices. TripAdvisor branded sites make up the largest travel community in the world, reaching 315 million unique monthly visitors**, and more than 200 million reviews and opinions covering more than 4.4 million accommodations, restaurants and attractions. The sites operate in 45 countries worldwide, including China under daodao.com. TripAdvisor also includes TripAdvisor for Business, a dedicated division that provides the tourism industry access to millions of monthly TripAdvisor visitors.
BookingBuddy.com is a popular travel website that allows users to compare prices on flights, hotels, rental cars, and other travel-related services. In this review, we will take a closer look at BookingBuddy.com and examine its pros and cons.
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WASHINGTON, DC--(Marketwired - Jul 15, 2013) - Renaissance Washington, DC Downtown Hotel, one of the premier lifestyle convention center hotels in Washington, DC, announced today that it has received a TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence award. The accolade, which honors hospitality excellence, is given only to establishments that consistently achieve outstanding traveler reviews on TripAdvisor, and is extended to qualifying businesses worldwide. Only the top-performing 10 percent of businesses listed on TripAdvisor receive this prestigious award.
For more information or to book reservations at the Renaissance Washington, DC Downtown Hotel, contact your travel professional, call the hotel directly at 866-981-2392, or visit -renaissance-washington-dc-downtown-hotel/.
THE RENAISSANCE WASHINGTON, DC DOWNTOWN HOTEL The Renaissance Washington, DC Downtown Hotel is situated at 999 9th Street at K Street, NW across from Mt. Vernon Square and the Walter E. Washington Convention Center and a myriad of dining, nightlife, and shopping experiences in Washington DC's Chinatown & Penn Quarter districts. With 64,000 square feet of flexible function space and 30 breakout rooms, the lifestyle hotel is considered to be a premier meeting & convention destination. The DC City Center hotel is home to local lifestyle fitness center, Vida Fitness featuring 6,000 square feet of state-of-the art cardio, strength and resistance equipment and the 4,000 square foot Aura spa offering a variety of therapeutic customized treatments. Within walking distance to the Penn Quarter neighborhood, Verizon Center, the hotel is near the Gallery Place Metro Station (Red, Green and Yellow lines) and Metro Center Metro Station (Blue and Orange).
Less than 10 percent of businesses on the TripAdvisor website received a Certificate of Excellence this year. And 85 percent of Drury-branded hotels met or exceeded this level of customer-rated performance for 2014. Many Drury hotels are rated as one of the top 5 hotels in their respective city, earning higher marks than many boutique and luxury brands.
About TripAdvisorTripAdvisor is the world's largest travel site*, enabling travelers to plan and have the perfect trip. TripAdvisor offers trusted advice from real travelers and a wide variety of travel choices and planning features with seamless links to booking tools. TripAdvisor branded sites make up the largest travel community in the world, reaching nearly 260 million unique monthly visitors**, and more than 150 million reviews and opinions covering more than 4 million accommodations, restaurants and attractions. The sites operate in 39 countries worldwide, including China under daodao.com. TripAdvisor also includes TripAdvisor for Business, a dedicated division that provides the tourism industry access to millions of monthly TripAdvisor visitors.TripAdvisor, Inc. (NASDAQ: TRIP) manages and operates websites under 22 other travel media brands: www.airfarewatchdog.com, www.bookingbuddy.com, www.cruisecritic.com, www.everytrail.com, www.familyvacationcritic.com, www.flipkey.com, www.gateguru.com, www.holidaylettings.co.uk, www.holidaywatchdog.com, www.independenttraveler.com, www.jetsetter.com, www.niumba.com, www.onetime.com, www.oyster.com, www.seatguru.com, www.smartertravel.com, www.tingo.com, www.travelpod.com, www.tripbod.com, www.vacationhomerentals.com, www.virtualtourist.com, and www.kuxun.cn.
It was a transaction that flew under the radar, but can have meaningful implications for travelers. Two weeks ago, Expedia bought HomeAway.com for $3.9 billion. This continues the process by which more and more of the travel booking websites (for flights, hotels, car rentals etc.) are now controlled by the same few major travel companies. Did you know that Expedia and Priceline own 8 of the 10 biggest travel websites?
The Airport MARTA station is connected to the Hartsfield-Jackson Airport next to the domestic terminal baggage claim. On the red and gold rail lines, the station features a MARTA RideStore and fare vending machines. For an easy connection to a hotel or rental car, next to the MARTA station is the free SkyTrain. The shuttle to the international terminal also picks up passengers just outside the MARTA station.
Hotelklantenservice is de zorg die hotels aan gasten verlenen voor, tijdens en na hun verblijf. Omdat hotels sterk afhankelijk zijn van trouwe klanten en positieve mond-tot-mondreclame, vormt de klantentraining een integraal onderdeel van de klantenservicestrategie. Het is lastig om hotelklantenservice goed te doen, maar als het je lukt dan komen je gasten keer op keer terug.
Met Zendesk kunnen hotels handige informatie verstrekken via een pagina met veelgestelde vragen in hun kennisbank. Deze geeft reizigers belangrijke informatie, zodat ze weloverwogen beslissingen kunnen nemen over waar te verblijven.
Zoals met alles, heeft het internet dat allemaal veranderd. Nu kan iedereen de naam van een hotel online opzoeken, rondkijken op beoordelingssites en hun vrienden om aanbevelingen vragen op social media. Negatieve recensies kunnen via het internet met miljoenen mensen worden gedeeld, soms nog voor het hotel zelf weet dat er iets mis is gegaan. Nu meer dan ooit moet de klantenservice van een hotel alle gasten een geweldige ervaring bezorgen. Doe je dit niet, dan loop je het risico op negatieve aandacht.
Niet elk hotel kan zijn gasten een luxe-ervaring bieden. Maar dat is niet erg, want mensen verwachten van een hotelketen langs de snelweg ook geen 5-sterren-behandeling. Klanten hebben echter wel bepaalde basiseisen waaraan alle hotels kunnen voldoen. Wanneer je deze verwachtingen overtreft, kunt je de klanttevredenheid een boost geven, je klantenbinding verbeteren en op meer terugkerende gasten rekenen. Hier zijn de acht best practices voor het leveren van een uitmuntende klantervaring. 041b061a72