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A groundbreaking new report by the Urban Land Institute in Washington, D.C. explores sustainability in the hospitality industry and examines ways in which hotels are incorporating eco-friendly best practices into both operations and construction. The study includes insights from leading hotel owners, developers and investors.

Every hotel owner wants to know how he can increase the traffic to the website, and at the same time, boost direct bookings. The key to accomplish both the objectives is to design a site that is accessible even to disabled people. It will not only improve the usability for all types of visitors, but it will also improve your market penetration. Designing ADA website is also very imperative to prevent legitimate complications. In addition to this, an ADA feature will aid in improving the website performance in search engines.

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. 



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Quality Over Quantity

05/09/2016
It is not the quantity but the quality of knowledge
which determines the mind’s dignity.

- William Ellery Channing

When shopping around for a web design company for your business, it is easy to get caught up with brand name or rely on an extensive resume portfolio when making a buying decision; especially on big ticket items. Many of us are guilty of this, in fashion, restaurants, even in the shoes we wear. My son wears the shoes that all the other kids are wearing and I carry the purse all the women are or want to carry – sometimes, even if I don’t necessarily like it.  Sounds crazy, yet we all do it. I have since mended my ways and have learned the very important concept of quality over quantity, especially in the business world; it just makes sense. I would rather work for a small company that I know has potential growth and partners that I know will recognize and nurture their staff as opposed to a huge company or conglomerate that is always just focused on the bottom line, regardless of how they get there.  So why should you not think the same way when looking for the perfect web design company to design, maintain and monitor your website that is bringing in business and money for you? 

Here are some things to take into account and seriously think about while you shop around and compare prices:

  • Look at the testimonials from past customers – do they mention the quality of work and efficiency?
  • Is there is a portfolio of customers? If so, call them and find out first-hand what the buying experience was like.
    • Was their sales representative honest and open about pricing and ETAs of launch?
    • Did the company take its business personally? That is very important and often times gets lost in translation when choosing a company that pops out websites a dime a dozen. 
    • Did the company follow through with the promises they made? 
  • Are you choosing a company that offers more than just the initial web designing? 
  • Will you have a contact to reach 24/7 regarding any issues you may have with your site?
  • What guarantees does the company you are looking at offer?

These are important things to look at, because let’s face it, we want the money we spend to produce! You have to do the research because there are many companies out there, most offering the same service and all for varying prices. You have to the find the best one that meets all your criteria, not just the one that looks good on paper. 

Find a company that has experience in the industry you are in so that they can make that personal connection with your wants and needs. Are you looking for more than just web designing? There are companies that do just the web designing and then there are few companies that offer services like content writing on a monthly or regular basis, professional photography, web maintenance services, server hosting or social media optimization. It is more cost effective to find all these services with one company as opposed to using two or three vendors doing what one can do. 

Good luck on your search and remember quality over quantity in almost every case, regardless of what you are shopping for, is the most cost effective and efficient. Research is the key!

A bad investment is going for quantity over quality.
If you're trying to be careful with your wallet,
especially with the economy right now,
you have to choose staple pieces.

- Christian Siriano
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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