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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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Five Functions to Use in Google Search Console

11/15/2017 Tagged as: Google, SEO
In May 2015, Google updated its webmaster tools formerly known as Google Webmaster Tools to Google Search Console after the company felt the name webmaster was outdated. Google offers a number of resources to tune your site's SEO functions as well as get important information about visitors and their activities while on the site. Generally, the Google Search Console allows you to gain varied insights on your website. 
 
To access the search console functions, you first need to verify the ownership of the site you intend to analyze. There are five ways of verifying domain name ownership and these are:
• Using Google Analytics
• Use Google tag manager account
• Upload a HTML file
• Sign in to domain name provider
• Add a HTML tag to the head of your site
Once you have completed the verification process, these five functions can be used from the console.
 
1. Search Appearance
This is a tool that allows you to see how your website looks on search results. This is important because you get a preview and know when you need to make any changes since the appearance and factors behind it can influence the click through rate. This section avails you the various options you have to correct or optimize factors like structured data, site links and HTML improvement.
 
2. Search Traffic
This is an important section that allows you to know the structure of your internal links, the domains which link to your site and analyzes the nature of your traffic. Through search analytics found here you’ll know popular queries, pages and devices. You’ll receive an extensive report showing the click through rate on mobile vs desktop, the average ranking of different pages and other crucial information.
 
3. Crawl 
This section gives you the feedback and data on various aspects Google found while crawling your site. It includes errors, issues on sitemaps, URL parameters and other performance based reports about your site.
 
4. Index Status
This is the section which tells you if the site is indexed on Google and if so how many pages from your site are listed. You get to know which pages have been blocked over robot.txt rules, which content keywords are being used and if new pages are being indexed.
 
5. Messaging
In this section you get a varied number of notifications from Google. The most crucial reports include any hacking incidents, new trends and if you have received any manual penalty.
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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