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3 Things to learn from Hilton CEO

High levels of cancellation, high commissions from Online Travel Agencies (OTAs) and competition from Airbnb are big issues that a giant chain like Hilton have in common with independent owners. In a recent interview, the CEO of Hilton talked about … Continue reading

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3 Ways to Power Direct Bookings

1. Show the benefits of booking directly Why should I book directly ? Answer this question in your customer’s mind and you will increase your direct bookings. Use some subtle “book direct” images and text to show that booking directly … Continue reading

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Group website at zero commission

Get a Together group for direct bookings Here at freetobook we are continually looking to make it easier for small independent accommodation owners to thrive. One message we hear again and again is that the large OTAs are taking more … Continue reading

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City Guides – Facebook new app and Book Now

Attention freetobookers: It is time to update your property Facebook pages with the “Book Now” button, as Facebook has launched a new app – City Guides! The app’s aim is to give its users ideas on things to do, places … Continue reading

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Easy low cost way to accept credit cards with Stripe

Having access to an easy to use credit card system has been a great bonus to so many of our customers. Being able to accept credit cards for your online and telephone bookings makes payment simple for you and your … Continue reading

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Tips for Switching booking system

Switching your booking engine can be a lot easier than you think. Here are a few tips gleaned from our clients. But first a word of warning, it’s not just about cost savings.  Whilst cost is always important there are … Continue reading

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TripAdvisor lower commission

At 12% TripAdvisor’s Instant Booking connection has a lower commission than big online travel agents. Is it time you looked into how to get your share ? Why not start by checking out your own listing on TripAdvisor to see … Continue reading

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Spread your booking sources

Increasing direct bookings is the priority and we certainly help thousands of businesses grow theirs. The next priority is to ensure you have a good mix of other booking sources so you don’t have all your eggs in one basket. … Continue reading

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Booking extras now even better

Freetobook properties have always been able to offer their very own extras enabling customers to choose items that will make their stay special, whilst adding to to property’s revenue. We have now added the ability for you to define nightly … Continue reading

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6 ways hotels can use social media to attract more guests

A guest blog from Juste Semetaite To thousands of holiday seekers, the planning phase may seem like a time-eating disaster. With so many options where to stay and what to do, the majority find themselves immersed in indecision and torn between … Continue reading

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