AirBnB – Two-way inventory support.

Airbnb-new-logo-2014    AirBnb is a quite popular OTA for many hoteliers. Many of you, prefer starting from AirBnb due to its easier interface and no strict requirements.

    We are happy to announce, that starting from July, two way inventory integration with AirBnB is available in real-time for everybody.

    By using Effective Tours you can control AirBnb availability; additionally all new bookings from AirBnb will be placed on Effective Tours agenda within 10 minutes since the booking is made.

    As a Channel Manager, Effective Tours will update all of the connected calendars (Agoda/Booking/Expedia) as soon as the new booking/cancellation appears from AirBnb.

    Unfortunately, AirBnb still are not open to any third party software updates for the rates, so you have to update your rates manually through Airbnb interface.

    But at least for now – availability will be updated automatically, this gives you more time for the business, not for mouse clicking in OTA interface.

    If you are already using AirBnb and thinking about adding your property to other Online Travel Agents-  you can’t find a solution better than Effective Tours.

Please contact our team, for activating instructions (free of charge).

Welcome on board with Expedia

expedia-logo[1]We are proud to say, that we are fully certified partner of Expedia Network!  By adding the Expedia as a valuable partner, we open for all our clients the opportunity to be published at Expedia, Hotels.com, Homeaway and hundreds of business partners of Expedia networks. And as always, we provide this channel manager connectivity free of charge to all of the Srilankans. Welcome on board !

 

Reservations Swapping

All hoteliers are dreaming about the 100% occupancy. And we definitely wishing you that. But managing the rooms allocation in this cases became quite complicated. Each new booking, increase the chance of creating a new gaps between the previous and the new booking. As a result, when you are nearly 80% full, your agenda looks like this:

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The longer the next booking, the more chances that it will be splitted between several rooms. 2 dyas in one room, 1 day in another one, then again back to the first room and then at the for 3 nights for another one. It’s a headache for a hotel, but much worse, that it’s very bad for a guests.

To avoid that, it’s always a good idea to reallocate existing bookings, so they will go one by one, without any gaps between them. When you have free rooms, then it’s not a problem, but when you are full like on the screenshot above, our new feature of Reservations Swap will help you a lot. With a few clicks, you can swap any booking with any other(s). Remove the gaps, and settle the problems.

 

 

Relocating the bookings from the OTA

Not quite often, but sometimes you need to amend the existing booking from the OTA without notifying the guests. So let’s say you need to close the room for the urgent repairing and the guest arrives in few days and there is no more rooms available in this category. In this case you just need to relocate the guests to another room, in most cases higher level. They way of official amendments for the bookings from OTA is a big headache. So with Effective Tours it’s very easy. Simply click on the existing reservation in your agenda, and change the type of room. As a result, the original room became available and you can close it for the bookings. And the new room type became busy and the amount of rooms available for the OTA and agencies will decrease.

It’s very important to understand, that this amendments will be valid until any updates for this particular booking will come from the OTA. In case of any amendments from the OTA, the booking will get back to the original position. You will be notified and can relocate it again if needed.

Choose your colors for the Agenda.

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By the request of our valuable customers, we add the functionality to amend the predefined colors for the channels and for the direct agents. Since now, there will be no problem after the migration from your old-school spreadsheets with reservations to the Effective Tours. Simply open your company configuration, and click the Colors Tab. And color your agenda as you wish