If you love something, wouldn’t you want to tell everyone about it? Thanks to all the great feedback we receive, we already know that our thousands of Freetobook customers all over the world are amazed by the great stuff our technology empowers them to do. Now you can easily share your enthusiasm for Freetobook.
When you log into your Freetobook profile you’ll see this new button at the top of every page:
Clicking on it will allow you to:
send a message via Twitter
post on Facebook
send an email
You can either send a pre-written declaration of love for Freetobook (e.g. “We love using freetobook it’s simple free and easy, get yours at www.freetobook.com”) or delete our version and write your own.
Craig and I were fortunate enough to attend the Visit England Awards for Excellence last night at the Athena in Leicester. It is inspiring to see the best tourism businesses operating at the top of their game. They had all achieved something quite special and really deserved their hard-earned time in the limelight.
We all manage businesses and aspire to be the best we can, but as most owner-operators know, we can often feel that we’re in a fairly isolated place where recognition and thanks are in short supply. Success when it’s earned needs to be celebrated, and we take our hat off to everyone who was there last night. It’s impossible to measure the passion and focus that got these award winners to the event; their drive to deliver better, day in day out, customer after customer, meal after meal is well worth making some noise about!
A special congratulations to the finalists of our sponsored category, “Small Hotel of Year”: The Bath Priory, Bath and Swinton Park, Yorkshire. They’re absolutely amazing properties, offering only the very best in hospitality.
Also a big thanks to Visit England for hosting a fantastic event and making everyone feel so welcome. Again it was all about the people.
Our Co-Director, Iain Stewart, has written a guest article on travel technology website Tnooz about how technology is having an increasing influence on tourism in South Africa and the wider region, allowing small (and sometimes remote) properties to compete on an international scale.
With 845 million active users, Facebook is becoming an ever-more useful way of reaching new customers and generating more revenue. If you already have a Facebook business page, Freetobook can now create a Facebook booking page for you as well. This will allow you to:
Display great photos of your property.
List all your property information and room descriptions.
Display your location on a Google map.
And most importantly of all…
Link to your booking engine, providing easy online booking direct from Facebook.
You’ll find this great new functionality by logging into your profile and clicking on a new tab called “Social.”
Freetobook’s co-director, Iain Stewart, recently returned from the INDABA in Durban, one of Africa’s biggest annual tourism marketing events. The 2012 INDABA, with its theme of “Shaping Our Future Together”, was a huge success. More than 1500 exhibitors from all parts of Africa took part and by the beginning of the final day nearly 11,000 people had attended.
Well, the bow ties are unpacked and the shirts are ironed, which means Freetobook is ready to proudly present the Small Hotel of the Year Award at the VisitEngland Awards for Excellence 2012 on 22nd May. We’re really looking forward to a great night at the lovely Art Deco Athena venue in Leicester. Do drop by for a chat!