Save From 3% to 28% when you book directly with the owners!
Below are examples of the charges you absorb when you book online. Venues have to load their rates to cover the high booking fees. When you book direct you always get the best possible rate, service and experience.
Gimmicks such as “Genius Program” may hook you in to make a booking but will you get a great deal? Probably not. The venue are being expected to take on additional staff so you can arrive early and check out late. There is no such thing as a free lunch. Something has to give, warm welcome, free drinks or cheaper meals. It’s like asking for Fast Good and Cheap, you can only ever have two of them.
If your life is really hectic and you cannot send an email or make a phone call to the venue then Online Travel Agents deliver some benefits – remember it comes off the bottom line for the venue who will have to pay the OTA for a booking you could have made directly – if you book direct you may be able to ask for extras.
Usually when you see the venue has an online facility embedded into their own website then you are dealing directly with the venue, as such they appreciate your custom all the more so tell them you deliberately used their online system instead of an expensive Online Travel Agent. Some Venues use Freetobook and avoid the fees thus making it easier for them to offer you extras 😉
Every Venue on the VisitRyeBay would be pleased to hear from you directly.
Expedia Charge the Venue as much as 18%
Extract from their website “The reservation of any pre-paid “pay online now” hotel bookings and Expedia Special Fare products and Expedia Packages for destinations within the European Union is covered by the regulations for travel agents and tour operators, as set down in Articles 306-310 of the EU Principal VAT Directive [2006/112/EC]. The Supplier Expedia Travel is located in the United States of America, as a result of which no VAT will be charged on services provided by Expedia Travel.”
Booking.Com Charge the Venue as much as 15% or 28% if they participate in the “Genius Program”
Could your business survive and give a great customer experience with such charges?
Extract from their website “The online accommodation reservation service is rendered by Booking.com B.V., which is a private limited liability company, incorporated under the laws of the Netherlands and having its offices at Herengracht 597, 1017 CE Amsterdam, the Netherlands and registered with the trade register of the Chamber of Commerce in Amsterdam under registration number 31047344. Our VAT registration number is NL805734958B01.”
LateRooms Charge the Venue as much as 15% VAT registration number GB 849 747 171
AirBnB only charge 3% <– this is why they are the fastest growing Online Travel Agent
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