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Tom Clancy’s The Division - E3 gameplay reveal [North America] by ubisoft
Tom Clancy’s The Division - E3 gameplay reveal [North America]
There is considerable boot envy going on amongst the little ones here. Eva is celebrating by chomping her way through a bag of jelly snakes. http://ift.tt/19rSikh
Roof recon for insulation, or lack thereof. http://ift.tt/1aI9AcS
Okay, it’s time to be the selfish lover of the booking channels. It’s time to get what you want without giving a single thing away.
But first, let’s take a few steps back.
We all know Google is the first thing people usually turn to when searching for something online.
But when it comes to finding the perfect place to stay, it is the travel sites themselves which are increasingly being used like search engines.
And travel sites such as Booking.com and Laterooms will be no strangers to you.
You need only give Google or Facebook a hint that you’re thinking about booking a hotel room or B&B, and adverts sucking you into these travel sites are forever in your peripheral vision.
They’re paying good money for that space in your peripheral vision, of course, because they know the odds are stacked in their favour if and when you click.
The sheer number of hotels on these sites gives them a Google-like power to find you what you want, where you want it and at the price you want to pay.
“So does this mean I need to be on a travel site? Love the idea of getting more bookings but I don’t want to have to give away 20% each time!”
The good news is you don’t have to. Use them. But don’t let them use you.
And so it’s time get selfish – get yourself noticed but avoid filling up their pots with commission.
Remember guests prefer to book directly with the hotel.
We’ve all been burned by a deal that seemed too good to be true. “Buy cheap, buy twice” as your grandparents probably told you.
And so the sensible part of our brain tells us to be wary of the rock-bottom prices for the top-class hotels.
As such, we look for certainty in both availability and pricing.
And that’s why, once they find you on booking.com or Trip Advisor or any other website, those eager potential guests will look at your website.
After all, it takes barely a few seconds to copy and paste the name of your hotel into google, and click the first result. (You are first for your own accommodation name, right?)
This is when you need to grab them by the scruff of the neck. Don’t let them go back and book elsewhere. Do everything you can to secure that direct booking.
Make it easy for them to book there and then on your website. An availability checker and simple online booking process is what they want to find. They do not want to hang on the phone or be sending emails back and forth.
And don’t forget the review sites. The very same thing applies.
Except this time they’re even more likely to want to book with you. After all, they’ve probably been swayed by the good reviews rather than the price tag.
So let the booking channels and review sites have the limelight (they’re paying Google and Facebook good money for it). Because if a guest finds your accommodation, you’re only a copy and paste away from getting the opportunity to steal victory from their clutches.
It’s time to get selfish – and busy.
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These 10 spectacular swimming pools from around the world are like nothing you have ever seen.
From pools at dizzying heights, to insane infinity pools (and beyond!), these are the pools that you’ve already built in your dreams.
Take a look, let your mind wander, and fight over your favourite with everyone else in the office.
1. Hanging Gardens, Ubud, Bali
Everyone loves a good infinity pool. But this two-tiered, treetop pool in Ubud, is something else.
2. Holiday Inn Shanghai Pudong Kangqiao, China
If you have a fear of heights, or are a nudist, avoid this hotel pool.
3. Four Seasons Safari Lodge Serengeti, Tanzania
It’s not everyday that you can take a morning dip next to a herd of elephants. Wow.
4. Golden Nugget, Las Vegas, USA
No your eyes are not deceiving you. There is indeed a giant shark tank in the middle of this Vegas Hotel swimming pool. Oh and as if that wasn’t crazy enough, there is a water slide which takes you through the middle of the tank. Only in Vegas.
5. San Alfonso Del Mar, Chile
No danger of colliding lilos here. It holds the record for the world’s largest swimming pool at over 3,000 feet and holds a staggering 66 million gallons of water. Just to put it into perspective yes that is a boat sailing across it.
Dare to dip? Now you may not be as tempted to dive straight in to this suspicious looking water, however you cannot deny that this pool doesn’t have the ‘wow’ factor.
7. Marina Bay Sands, Singapore
Guests of the Marina Bay Sands are invited to “swim on top of the world“. This pool is not for vertigo sufferers though. It is 57 storeys high and 150m long. Incredible.
8. Conrad Maldives Rangali Island, Maldives
One word: Paradise.
9. The Joulle Dallas, Texas, USA
Experience Dallas like a goldfish, at 10 storeys high
10. Amangiri, Aman Resorts, Utah, USA
The entire resort was built around this central swimming pool in the middle of the Arizona desert. This has to be in the running for most dramatic surroundings, no?
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Screw you, cold. Full force dosing happening. Coding will be a whole world of strangeness today. http://ift.tt/ItGOGB
Our #maumau above the fire place. Minimal bliss will be obliterated by Christmas fluff when Eva gets home. http://ift.tt/1azBcRi
You don’t go on holiday and return without a whole lot of pictures of the scenery.
But how often do you get spectacular views without even having to leave your hotel room?
To save you the trouble of trawling the internet, here at Inn Style we have uncovered 10 of the best hotel views from around the world – and some look almost too good to be true.
1. Sanctuary Lodge, Machu Picchu, Peru
This picture says it all really. Enjoy a glass of champagne whilst taking in the incredible views of the 550 year old Inca Citadel, Machu Picchu.
Prices start from £595 per night.
2. Enchantment Resort, Arizona, USA
The Enchantment Resort is surrounded by the awe-inspiring red rocks of Sedona. Be sure to see them in all their glory at sunrise or sunset when they glow a magnificent orangey red.
The most basic room here is £200 per night
3. Hotel Ranga, South Iceland
For £190 per night you will be able to see the phenomenal Northern Lights, and all from the comfort of a 4 Star luxury hotel! Why not warm your cockles with a tipple of Brennivín, a traditional Icelandic spirit. (But be warned, it is also known as “black death“!)
4. Quasr Al Sarab Desert Resort, Abu Dhabi, UAE
If you aren’t such a fan of the cold, perhaps a stay at the Quasr Al Sarab is more appealing? And you will have exceptional desert views day and night. The most basic room is £240 per night
5. Embassy Suites Niagara Falls Hotel, Niagara Falls, Canada
Unbeatable views of the Horseshoe Falls await at The Embassy Suites. As if that isn’t enough, fireworks displays are put on over the falls throughout the year, which you can view in the privacy of your own suite. It will cost you £120 per night for a room here.
6. Eagles Nest, Bay of Islands, New Zealand
Not only would you be in the lap of luxury if you stayed here, but you would also be looking at the second bluest sky in the world. There is a minimum stay of 2 nights and prices start from £1150 per night. Cue daydream.
7. Corinthia Hotel, London, UK
Sit back, relax and take in London. At The Corinthia you are guaranteed a spectacular view of the capital. Prices start from £400 per night.
8. The Bellagio, Las Vegas, USA
See the Las Vegas strip in all its glory from a Fountain View room at the Bellagio for £185 per night.
9. Z Hotel NYC, New York, USA
If you’re staying in Manhattan, it’s harder to see the whole of Manhattan. This hotel in Queens gives you spectacular views across the East River. Grab a room for £90 per night.
10. The Ritz Carlton, Moscow, Russia
Get a spectacular panoramic view of Red Square and The Kremlin from the roof terrace of the Ritz Carlton, Moscow. Rooms start from £250 per night. Don’t forget your Ushanka!
Have you been lucky enough to stay in any of these? Let us know below!
If not which one would you choose?
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What is going to make your guests become repeat customers?
A memorable stay.
Give your guests an experience to remember.
Veronica Waldthausen and Arlett S Oehmichen, of HVS, recently published an article about “A new breed of traveller”. In it they discuss the “millennial’ traveller” who seeks an experience that is unique, comfortable and simple.
Gone are the days when large hotel chains are the default option. The millennial traveller is craving something unique. They no longer seek ‘rich luxury’ in items, but in an experience.
Great news for B&B’s and independent boutique hotels then!
Remember the guest experience often begins online. Your website should be attractive and navigable. Make sure the booking process is simple and seamless by letting guests book online.
Welcome your guests in a special way. Think of it as an introduction to the experience they are going to have with you. After all, you never get a second chance at a first impression.
With the christmas season upon us, how about greeting them with a glass of mulled wine? Try this recipe from Emily at Adeline & Lumiere. And why not place a beautiful box of home made goodies in their room? Here is one from Sally at The Natural Pantry.
It is the little touches like these that guests will remember.
Make sure your communal areas are inviting. The millenial traveller is spending less time in their room and more time in spaces where they can interact with other guests and with you. Comfortable sofas, a roaring fire and a selection of reading material will guarantee happy guests. And free Wifi is essential!
Use your local expertise to recommend great places for your guests to visit. Is there an award winning restaurant round the corner? Beautiful walks with breathtaking views? Or is there a pub they can visit and sample local ales? The more opportunities they have to explore, the longer they will stick around!
If a guest can have a fabulous stay at a friendly B&B and a wonderful experience of the local surroundings, expect to see them time and again.
What do you do to make your guests stay unique and special? Share with us below.
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