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Is the guest experience the future of hotel distribution? Martin Soler, a friend and close collaborator, recently told me about an article which had generated quite a storm and lead to some polemical discussion in the hotel world: https://www.tnooz.com/article/give-distribution-to-otas-focus-on-guest-experience/ In the article, David Turnbull (co-founder of the SnapShot company) states: “If I was starting a hotel from scratch, I’d give all my distribution to OTAs and just concentrate on the guest and their experience.” Is this…

More and more, we hear people talking about “guest relations,” “following the customer journey,” “Big Data,” “CRM,” and so on. But what do all of these concepts mean and how should you respond? Do independent hoteliers necessarily need to address these subjects specifically? Is there a risk, however remote, for those who don’t do so? Today, it appears obvious that we are at the dawning of a new age in the hotel industry. We have…

Here’s a question that crops up very regularly: what do your guests really expect? If we could read their minds, what the heck would we find? Do you think that, if you were more able to anticipate your guests’ needs, you would be able to improve your revenue? Even though it’s impossible to answer this question perfectly, I nevertheless had a little fun by analyzing the answers that we receive from pre-stay questionnaires. The rather…

Let’s discuss the dream of hoteliers everywhere: to make their guests loyal to the property directly, and to free themselves from the yoke of the OTAs. Is this a readily achievable goal, or is it a pipe dream? At present, I don’t see any way to remove the OTAs from the equation entirely and only take direct bookings. Nevertheless, this does not mean that you can’t achieve significant improvements in terms of your guests’ loyalty…

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