Working with different online sales and distribution channels (OTAs) is a good option to create new sales opportunities in different markets at the same time, and increase the visibility of hostels online. Every time a hostel signs up for a new OTA they can experience difficulty managing calendar inventory, rates, promotions and reservations from different extranets. Using multiple booking agencies also means the possibility for overbookings.
The solution is the use of a Channel Manager to:
- Manage different OTAs at the same time
- Save a lot of time
- More Visibility translates into More Sales
- Mistakes can be expensive. Avoid errors
- Integrate with a Property Management System
- Create different rules and scenarios for each channel
- Manage all your reservations from one screen
HostelTraveler.com has partnered with MyAllocator to provide a world class channel management solution at an affordable price. Read more about the Benefits of joining MyAllocator through HostelTraveler.
HostelTraveler.com, operated by Instant World Booking, has reviewed the Sydney Declaration. Following a meeting of a group of leading youth travel accommodation providers and associations at WYSTC 2013, a position statement was agreed upon regarding online distribution practices.
HostelTraveler.com represents a significant share of hosteling OTA volume worldwide, and is the only top 5 hostel OTA based in the United States. From that vantage point, HostelTraveler.com has a fairly unique view on the issues set forth.
For more information on the Sydney Declaration, see: Sydney Declaration
Based on our review, HostelTraveler.com supports the intent of the Sydney Declaration. In fact, we are pleased to disclose that at least 80% of the Declaration is already in force within HostelTraveler.com’s terms and conditions, and have been so since the inception of the company. The management of our company decries the practice of requiring rate or availability parity, and have never done so ourselves. Our principles are founded on the basis that flexible service to our hostel partners is the best way to serve the needs of the industry.
We congratulate the WYSE Travel Confederation on their work so far, and will continue to follow it’s progress.