Motel Mingle Forums Tariff Discounts VARIED PRICES

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    TIDYWAZZA

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      This is my experience of being a guest for a change, not the Inn Keeper.
      Very recently I needed a room for one night in Melbourne. I was amazed at some price variations on offer from from the same hotel. My chosen hotel was varying between $269.oo to $229.oo on the OTA’s
      but only $199.oo on their own direct web site.
      My phone call direct to the Hotel resulted in a quote of $108.oo each night! Then the in house parking was reduced by $7.oo . Also self service/ all you can eat breakfast was trimmed from $25.oo per person to $17.oo per person. No it was definately not a quiet night. 24/7 check ins , check outs, extremely busy hotel to my observation.
      The location suited me, the price was acceptable, the room quality was to me about 7 out of 10. (It was clean)

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      TIDYWAZZA

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        With the BS OTA’s often choosing to vary or discount our posted prices it is embarrassing sometimes with a guest calls for a better or accurate price for my rooms. it is often the case I do not know if an OTA has varied my price or not.
        Like many of us operators I do not have time to view the internet / OTA sites constantly. I do however make every effort to be there a few times daily.

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        Busybees
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          We don’t do dynamic pricing cos I would love someone to show me…. need that tutoring!

          I am not sure why motels/etc don’t have cheaper tariffs or add-ons/etc for when the guest when they ring and book directly. This has been my ‘PET CHILD’ for as long as we’ve been in the business. If only EVERY motel would join together to do this, it would soon educate the guest to move away from OTAs and book directly. We need to keep telling guests to watch the Dick Smith youtube video, so they know its not just us “whinging”!

          It is nice to be in the business so we can sometimes “bargain” our way to a cheaper price with those big boys! I would never dream of doing it to a mum and dad motel.

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            howie

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              Hi Busy Bees , if you are interested in learning a bit about dynamic prices and overall improving things , there is an online course you can do i did it last year , run by a couple of Aussie guys that are pretty switched on , they still work in the industry but it is worth a look and it`s not that costly . Although you may know a lot they will still have things you can do to improve your motel . The course is run by hotelrescue.com.au or just google hotel rescue . It will come up. Just so you know I dont receive any kick backs from them

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                Busybees
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                  cheers for the info! I will have a look but I’m one that needs someone over my shoulder!! BUT will have a look

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              howie

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                I am not sure what a lot of other country or large regional town motels do , but we have dynamic pricing in our town , depending what is on at the time and if our competitors are sold out or not etc. We also hold rooms off the internet to create demand so we can raise our prices. There is a online webinar/ learning course you can do called http://www.hotelrescue.com.au/ they start at the basics but even for experienced operators it is a good checks and balances type thing that you can find some different ideas etc , but the main thing i take away from it is the dynamic pricing which we are constantly using even o a daily basis , but also right out to 18 months ahead . A few dollars per room is worth a fair bit in the whole scheme of things

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                  howie

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