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Fuel Hotel Marketing Podcast: Episode 18 – The War Between OTAs and Hotels is Reaching Boiling Point

In the inaugural episode of the Fuel Hotel Marketing Podcast, we discussed the OTAs vs. Direct bookings and gave some ideas on how you can reclaim some of your guests. In this episode, we discuss the fact that the war is heating up. All the players are circling their wagons and preparing for a battle royal – potentially to the death. Who will win?

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Love them or hate them, OTAs are an important part of the travel ecosystem. When used correctly. They are immensely useful and can drive occupancy and revenue. When used incorrectly, they are an unnecessary expense that can handcuff a property and prevent it from being profitable.

In this episode, we discuss how this war started and who’s firing the biggest shots. We also look at the impact that this fallout is having on the consumer and offer our words of wisdom to the industry.

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ARTICLES THAT WE DISCUSSED THIS WEEK

More hotels offer discounts for booking directly

http://www.usatoday.com/story/travel/hotels/2016/07/10/hotels-booking-loyalty-program-discounts/86826042/

Are online travel sites providing biased information? (follows on from the dimming article last week)

http://www.cbsnews.com/news/are-expedia-priceline-online-travel-sites-providing-biased-hotel-travel-information/

Priceline CEO to Hotels: We Can Offer Discounted Rates, Too

https://skift.com/2016/08/05/priceline-ceo-to-hotels-we-can-offer-discounted-rates-too/

The state of online travel agency bookings in charts

https://www.tnooz.com/article/state-of-online-travel-agency-bookings-charts/

In search of hotels, more travelers turn to OTAs than hotel websites

http://www.phocuswright.com/Free-Travel-Research/Channel-Surfing-Where-Consumers-Shop-for-Travel-Online

Independent hotels increasingly dependent on OTAs

http://www.hotrec.eu/newsroom/press-releases-1714/dominant-online-platforms-gaining-market-share-in-travel-trade-no-signs-of-increased-competition-between-online-travel-agents-unveils-european-hotel-distribution-study.aspx

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Related Links:

Convert OTA Guests to In-House Bookings: 5 Ways to Succeed – http://www.fueltravel.com/blog/convert-ota-guests-to-in-house-bookings-5-ways-to-succeed/?ref=blog

Get Your Hotel Bookings Back: 7 Ways to Reduce OTA Reliance – http://www.fueltravel.com/blog/get-your-hotel-bookings-back-7-ways-to-reduce-ota-reliance/?ref=blog

Download the Fuel Leisure Trravel Study at www.fueltravel.com/study

Check out www.Triptease.com for great rate parity software and register for their Direct Booking Summit at http://www.directbookingsummit.com/

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