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The underappreciated city of Minneapolis served as host for the 2019 edition of HITEC (produced by HFTP) which wrapped up its most recent four-day run on June 20, 2019. In the days and weeks leading up to the event, meeting solicitations and party invites filled my inbox at a growth rate any VC or entrepreneur would envy. As a first-timer to this international hospitality technology behemoth, it became apparent that HITEC actually begins a few weeks prior to when that first request or invitation lands in your over-stuffed inbox.

Time is limited. Once it’s gone, you can’t gain it back. Similarly, once a room goes unsold for a night, it will go unsold forever. There’s no way to recover that loss, because there’s no way to go back in time.
 
Many hotels fight this limitation by trying to sell as many rooms as possible. If all the rooms are completely booked, time no longer becomes a factor. But most don’t have the luxury of being at-capacity every single night. That’s why last-minute booking apps are growing in popularity in the industry, where hotels can make the most of each day. These apps specifically target guests who don’t plan far in advance, seeking accommodations from one week to one minute later.
 
There are several different ways your hotel can benefit from using last-minute booking apps in your business strategy.

IoT is Coming, Jon Snow…
Posted: 05/21/2019

Hospitality is prime for the coming advent of the various devices that make up the Internet of Things. Estimates show the industry now represents 17.5 million rooms worldwide and savvy guests are demanding more personalization and an overall improved guest experience along their connected travel journey and belief is that IoT can bring this to reality. 

The forces driving local search rankings are constantly changing. But recent studies suggest that in 2019, four key factors make up the local search algorithm. 
 
The most significant factor is Google My Business (GMB). If you’re not on it, get on it now.

The robotic revolution in the hospitality industry might seem to have taken a step back. This January, the famously quirky Henn-Na Hotel in Japan fired half of its 243 robot staff. The robotic workforce reportedly irritated guests and frequently broke down.



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Wow-Factor Website – What's the Secret?

08/14/2017

What are the core ingredients of a wow-factor website? I think Websrefresh.com has found the answer with their newest website launch of hotelbellatx.com. After years of experience, research, and listening to what travelers are looking for in a hotel website; we have come up with the core ingredients to convert visitors to guests.  
 
Hotel Bella’s website launch has resulted in many calls and compliments on how the site looks visually and how the layout folds out a story of a beautiful property that showcases all the amenities guests look for when booking a hotel. You could have an award-winning property in the most beautiful of locations with over-the-top amenities, but if your website does not tell the story with bright colorful pictures and an easy to find tabs, then your website and hotel is missing a lot of booking guests.  
 
So, what are the core ingredients you ask?  
 
Layout – The visual appearance of a website speaks a lot about the legitimacy of your business and how relevant it is to visitors who are looking for a specific thing(s). If the layout does not have accessibility as a primary focus, then you will have guests that will just skip over your site thinking you do not have what they need. On the Hotelbellatx.com site, you will see easy to access links at the top of the page and the home page itself has at-a-glance information that will draw visitors to learn more.  
 
Photography - The photographs of your property and the rooms are the most viewed content on a hotel website. The photographs you take can either make or break a connection from potential guest that seeks more, to a visitor that just passes on by. Saving money now to avoid a professional photographer is not the place to cut! Websites that have 100’s of glossy images of the entire property, taken by a professional photographer, will tell your story and show guests what they can look forward to if they book or buy from you. Visitors to your site will want to be sure nothing is hidden, and see all angles of certain areas like guest rooms and the breakfast area. This is what professional photographers do, and the bottom line is to present your business in the best light possible.  
 
Content – Well, as the famous phrase goes, content is king! This is definitely true of a successful website; without true and relevant, easy to read content, a website is as good as empty words. The layout helps us find the content, the photograph paints a picture of your story, but it’s the content itself that TELLS the story; that provides all the relevant information that customers are looking for to make a booking or buying decision.  
 
The Little Things – Sometimes the little things become the greatest part of the site when combined. A virtual tour that gives a 360 view of your property and rooms is paramount because guests want a true and clear picture of what they are buying into. Social media links with relevant blogs and posts are also a strong key factor because it allows potential customers to see and read what other guests are saying about your property.  
 
There are many award-winning properties to choose from when guests are shopping around, but it’s the wow factor website that gets the booking. Be sure your web designer is utilizing all the necessary factors to help your business have a revenue generating site. Layout, photography and content; look at other sites and you will see these three factors are the keys to converting visitors to booking guests.
About The Author
Nimesh Dinubhai
President
Websrefresh


Nimesh Dinubhai completed his studies in 2003 and launched Websrefresh to help businesses grow their ROI. He also owns two Arizona hotels, one of which earned the Historical Hotel Award in 2014.

 
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