SiteMinder analysis finds online hotel bookings have doubled

first_imgSiteMinder analysis finds online hotel bookings have doubledSiteMinder analysis finds online hotel bookings have doubledA country analysis by the global hotel industry’s leading cloud platform, SiteMinder, has revealed online hotel bookings in Spain have virtually doubled over the past five years. The finding is based on data from Euromonitor International, which reports that hotels in the world’s most tourist-ready economy earned €7.3 billion from bookings made through the Internet in 2017 – or, 98 percent more than the €3.7 billion registered from Internet-based hotel bookings in 2012.Today’s announcement comes as SiteMinder counts down to its sixth consecutive appearance at Fitur, the world’s tourism trade fair for the Ibero American markets, this week.Mateus Coelho, Regional Manager for SiteMinder’s Iberian and Brazilian markets, says, “With an enviable climate, excellent beaches and cities that offer all kinds of activities, Spain has the opportunity to reach travellers from all over the world who want to experience all the country has to offer. It is essential that local hotels take advantage of this opportunity by being more visible online and allowing potential guests to make their reservations instantly and safely through the web.”The analysis by SiteMinder suggests Spain’s hotels are indeed capitalising on the growing volume of tourists arriving each year – by taking ownership of their supply. While third-party sites continue to contribute 57 percent of the country’s online hotel sales, their contribution is a drop from the levels seen in previous years and it is expected to drop to below 50 percent within the next three years.“Direct hotel bookings have grown 113 percent in the last five years, indicating a closer relationship between Spanish hotels and their guests. A holistic distribution strategy therefore has to be a priority in 2018, for any hotel in Spain that is looking to compete and stand out in a highly-saturated market,” says Mr Coelho.Barcelona remained Spain’s most popular destination in 2017, followed by Madrid and Palma de Mallorca, which attracted the second and third-highest number of arrivals into the country. Almost four-in-five travellers were under 50-years-old.Source = SiteMinderlast_img read more

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Couples seeking the perfect postnuptial safari es

first_imgCouples seeking the perfect post-nuptial safari escape should look no further than Sanctuary Makanyane Safari Lodge. Situated on private ground within the malaria-free Madikwe Game Reserve in South Africa’s North West Province, the lodge is renowned for its luxurious accommodation, exceptional cuisine, welcoming service and thrilling game viewing.Catering for just 16 guests, 8 secluded suites each boast spectacular glass-walled bedrooms, offering uninterrupted views of the surrounding forest and the Marico River.Guests may indulge in a special experience by spending a night falling asleep surrounded only by flickering lanterns while listening to a lullaby of roaring lions, crying jackals and laughing hyenas in the Star View Sleep-Out Hide. The rustic double-storey structure is tucked away in a secluded part of the lodge’s grounds overlooking a waterhole, making it the perfect retreat for romantics with a sense of adventure at heart.There’s plenty of time to enjoy morning and night game drives, guided walks and intimate bush dinners. For those simply wanting to relax, book in for a massage at the lodge’s Spa or enjoy a poolside sundowner.Special offerNow is definitely the perfect time for guests to book a romantic safari getaway at Sanctuary Makanyane Safari Lodge. Priced from just ZAR 6400 per person per night for stays up to three nights, honeymooners will also receive a little extra pampering, including complimentary spa treatments valued at ZAR 1000.last_img read more

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