Entries by Emily Smul

Why your booking engine is key to your independent hotel success

A hotel website booking engine is a game changer for independent hotels.  It instantly transforms hotel websites from simple information portals into powerful, revenue generating booking channels.  With a website booking engine, independent hotels position themselves to enhance daily operations and empower their guests.  Here are some of the benefits independents can expect from their […]

Here’s why you should connect your independent hotel to OTAs

Making a case for listing your independent hotel on online travel agencies (OTAs) requires you to evaluate various factors, such as upfront and ongoing costs, time needed for training and daily management and, ultimately, return on investment in terms of bookings and revenue.  While it’s critical to understand the hard facts and figures behind OTAs, […]

What Travelers Want from Your Hotel Website

Today, a guest’s journey begins long before guests walk into independent hotel lobbies and check-in for their stay. For many travelers, their lodging experience begins online, specifically, on hotel websites. This is where they’re introduced to the property, gain an understanding of the hotel’s level of service, and develop expectations for their upcoming stay. Well-designing […]

How to prepare your guests for their shoulder season experience

Shoulder season is an ideal getaway time for lots of travelers.  In many destinations, the weather is comfortable, crowds are smaller and prices are more affordable. For independent hotels, shoulder season is a great opportunity to continue capturing bookings at a healthy rate while gradually unwinding from a busy summer and ramping up for the […]


Travelport is the world’s only true Travel Commerce Platform, focused on providing distribution, technology, payment and other solutions for the $7 trillion global travel and tourism industry. We’re listed on the New York Stock Exchange (TVPT). Our platform enables travel providers, travel agencies, corporations and developers to search, share, buy and sell travel. This increases […]


AHLA (American Hotel & Lodging Association) is the singular voice representing every segment of the hotel industry including major chains, independent hotels, management companies, REIT’s, bed and breakfasts, industry partners and more.