Booking accommodation direct – is it really cheaper?

Over the last few years, there has been a push in the Australian travel and tourism industry to encourage travellers to book their accommodation directly with the property owner or manager, rather than through an online booking agent. The advantages in doing so include: Cheaper rates Dealing directly with the provider makes it easier to… Continue reading Booking accommodation direct – is it really cheaper?

Accommodation in Victoria for disabled or mobility impaired travellers

If you or your family have mobility impairments, there are a number of accommodation options throughout Victoria that may suit your needs. Hotels and motels are often able to cater for disabled and wheelchair-bound visitors thanks to their modern layout, lifts and the use of ramps instead of stairs.  A growing number of larger hotels,… Continue reading Accommodation in Victoria for disabled or mobility impaired travellers

Car hire in Melbourne and Victoria

Victoria is a diverse state with a multitude of attractions in both Melbourne and the state’s regional areas. When it comes to getting around, public transport isn’t always able to take you everywhere, and it may not always be convenient.  So if you come to Victoria without your own vehicle, hiring a car is a… Continue reading Car hire in Melbourne and Victoria

The background behind the major online accommodation websites

When searching on the internet for accommodation, it can be quite a daunting task with many options available, particularly in large towns and cities. So a quick way to get an overview of these many options is to use an online travel website. They can display availability and pricing for many hotels at once, so… Continue reading The background behind the major online accommodation websites

The Wotif grid is back

Wotif was established during 2000 in Australia as an online hotel booking service. It was bought by United States travel giant Expedia during late 2014. Up until recently, what set Wotif apart from other online booking and comparison service was its grid or matrix of hotel prices and availability.  Many other competing services required a… Continue reading The Wotif grid is back

Some accommodation owners in denial about the internet

We received an interesting phone call a few weeks ago from a motel in Lakes Entrance, in Victoria’s beautiful Gippsland Lakes area. This motel had been advertising  on our website for the last 5 years.  In fact, when their annual renewal was due last year, they paid their subscription and sent us an email thanking… Continue reading Some accommodation owners in denial about the internet

Environmentally friendly accommodation in Victoria

It’s now becoming easier when staying or holidaying in Victoria to ensure that your activities impact as little as possible on the environment. By selecting environmentally friendly accommodation, you can do your bit to reduce waste and conserve the resources of our planet. Ecotourism Australia provides certification for tourism operators that are environmentally, socially and… Continue reading Environmentally friendly accommodation in Victoria

Careful with adding TripAdvisor widgets on your accommodation website

TripAdvisor is one of the most popular and influential travel websites. Many accommodation  managers have embraced the TripAdvisor concept, and actively monitor reviews that guests post. This allows them to view feedback and provide a “management response” to any reviews that deserve another point of view, so that prospective guests can make an informed decision.… Continue reading Careful with adding TripAdvisor widgets on your accommodation website

Travelling with your dog when on holidays

In the past, dog owners who wanted to go on holidays had little choice but to either leave their pet at home with someone, take their dog to a boarding kennel, or leave it at a friend’s house. But did you know that many dogs enjoy holidays too, sometimes even more than their owners? So… Continue reading Travelling with your dog when on holidays

Will booking your accommodation directly with the property give you the best deal?

When booking accommodation, you can either book directly with the property, or choose to go through a third-party booking service, such as Wotif, Expedia or Agoda.  So which gives you the best deal?  Let’s put this to the test with a real-life example. Let’s consider the Bairnsdale Motel which is located at Bairnsdale, in eastern… Continue reading Will booking your accommodation directly with the property give you the best deal?