Staying overnight at Melbourne Airport

Melbourne Airport is Australia’s second busiest airport, transporting over 33 million passengers per year.  It is currently Victoria’s only international airport and is located at Tullamarine – 21 kilometres by road from Melbourne’s CBD. A very convenient advantage of Melbourne Airport is that the international terminal (T2) and all of the domestic terminals (T1, T3… Continue reading Staying overnight at Melbourne Airport

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

Off the beaten path in Melbourne & Victoria

Melbourne and Victoria offer a wondrous number of destinations ripe for exploration and enjoyment. While the city of Melbourne holds many different popular attractions, research the possibilities of going off the beaten path. Journey through the countryside and visit unique locations and experience once-in-a lifetime adventures. THE GREAT OCEAN ROAD Considered one of the most… Continue reading Off the beaten path in Melbourne & 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

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?

Official tourism websites – Victoria vs. Tasmania

Each one of Australia’s states and territories has their own official tourism website.  If you own or manage an accommodation property, it is certainly beneficial to have some exposure on these official sites as they are used by a wide range of travellers. Victoria’s official tourism website is Visit Victoria, while Tasmania’s equivalent is Discover… Continue reading Official tourism websites – Victoria vs. Tasmania

There’s more to accommodation reviews than just reading the review

When deciding on a place to stay while on holidays or away on business, many people turn to guest reviews published on the internet for a more realistic picture of what to expect. When looking at reviews, there’s a bit more to them than just the actual contents. You need to give weight as to… Continue reading There’s more to accommodation reviews than just reading the review

Use your website’s on-line booking facility to the max

More and more accommodation providers are adding instant on-line availability and booking facilities to their websites to ensure potential guests can quickly and easily find and book accommodation 24/7. The benefits to the provider and the consumer are numerous, some of which we’ve mentioned in our article why you need a real-time online booking system.… Continue reading Use your website’s on-line booking facility to the max

Evaluating internet advertising offers for your accommodation

If you’re an accommodation provider, you will no doubt be regularly swamped with offers from websites wanting you to advertise your business with them. You may receive these offers via letters in the post, email (some of those may even contravene the Australian Spam Act of 2003!), phone calls or even people visiting your business… Continue reading Evaluating internet advertising offers for your accommodation