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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Nerdy Flight-Tracking Goodness

This week I have been captivated by an app my mum introduced me to. That’s right, my mum… not often I can say that. It’s called Flight Radar 24, and it shows commercial flights in realtime all over the globe. I would like to state that I am NOT a plane spotter, but this is a whole lot of cool. You can also see it on your browser at flightradar24.com. Right now I can hear a plane overhead. My app tells...
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