War of the Rooms: How Hotels Can Drive Direct Bookings and Compete with the OTA Websites

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Think back to the last time you booked a hotel room and it’s highly likely you used an OTA such as Booking.com, Trivago or Expedia. When they first became popular, Online Travel Agents were a blessing for many accommodation providers, providing them with bookings aplenty and doing all the hard marketing work for them. However, over time hotels have come to realise their OTA addiction comes at a cost, often in the form of 20+% commission fees and high guest...
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8 Strategies to Help Your Fear of Flying

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I love travelling but if you ever travel with me, you’ll learn I have a terrible fear of flying. This hasn’t always been the case – we would take flights frequently when I was a child and I never questioned it. However, in 2011 I suffered a bad case of PTSD from the Christchurch earthquakes and somehow this resulted in a lingering distrust with planes (yes it sounds odd, but apparently developing unrelated fears is not unusual). I have refused to...
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What are the top BYOs in Auckland?

Finding a decent BYO restaurant in Auckland seems to be a challenge for Google. As Concrete Playground’s handy article is nearing 2 years old, I made my own list and thought I’d share it for all those other slightly-broke, food-loving Aucklanders out there.   Thanya Thai (formerly Jungle Flavour) – Balmoral 2 Dunbar Rd, Balmoral / jungleflavour.co.nz Hidden away from the hustle of Dominion Rd and out the back of KFC, not many people realise Thanya Thai’s existence. It is perhaps for...
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