Quillan Posted April 22, 2015 Share Posted April 22, 2015 Some of you may be using booking.com, I am and it is an excellent way to get reservations. It has consistently given us the most amount of reservations for the past three years. Anyway to what I wanted to post about. Those that are will have received an email from them by now about the changes they will be rolling out which will be completed by 1st July (2015). If you didn't understand them you can look at http://news.booking.com/en-us/ which is the English language version.Some of you may remember last year that the French hoteliers were getting a bit wound up about Booking in that they technically forced them to advertise at a lower rate than anywhere else and the 'huge' commision rate they charge claiming it unfair. It would seem hoteliers in a few other EU countries thought the same and the EU was approached. It would seem that the EU agreed and has brought in changes that means you can give any rate you like which is what the email from Booking is all about.We have always charged the same rate regardless of what website we advertise on and we have never had a complaint from Booking so it seems they don't actually check that the price you display with them is the cheapest or if they do it is the hotels they check and not little B&B's like us. Likewise when I consider how much I used to pay to be on premium websites and in books that I have cancelled over a year ago now the money I have saved means even with the 'high' commision rate of Booking it ends up not so bad over the year as the savings offset the commission's quite a bit and I still get the reservations.The one thing I do wonder about is how over the coming 18 months or so the hoteliers in France will react towards CdH's. Before Booking they were putting pressure on the French government to clamp down on us claiming we had an unfair advantage due to lack of regulation and that we could offer higher quality accommodation at a lower price (because we don't have all the regulations and running costs). This they said was taking their clients and claimed many indipendant hotels would have to close. I always thought looking at our local hotels that they should be inspired to raise their standards rather than penalise CdH's and therefore be able to compete better with us. Some of them, judging by the photos of their rooms have not been decorated since the 1930's art deco period and they all seem to be painted green.So I think interesting times are ahead and am wondering how the French hoteliers will react having 'won' their case with the EU. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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