Paris (PRWEB) September 23, 2005
Direct-booking specialist and web agency 1001 Web Promotions just released the online booking and sales figures of 377 Parisian hotels for the period January-August 2005.
According to General Manager Vincent Ramelli, the Paris-based web agency generated over 122,000 direct bookings for [its] hotel clients from January 1 to August 31, 2005. This equates to a +42% increase year over year.
Direct bookings are bookings made by individual travelers directly with the hotels, without any sales intermediaries. No commissions are paid by the hotels on such bookings, contrary to bookings made through large virtual tour-operators.
ÂBased on our booking engine statistics, the average stay in Paris is 3.2 night longÂ explained Vincent Ramelli, adding: ÂIndividual direct bookings generated for independent hotels amounted to 390,000 nights over the period.Â
Independent hotels are independently owned and operated. They are not affiliated with any chain.
Angel Sanguinetti, CEO of 1001 Web Promotions, stated that Âbased on these figures and last year's figures, we estimate we should be able to channel about 170,000 direct bookings to our hotel clients at end 2005, vs. 115,200 on December 31, 2004, i.e. an increase of +47.5%.Â
As at August 31, 2005, direct room revenues generated by the Parisian web agency Âamounted to Euros 14 millions, a +65.1% growth year-over-yearÂ, indicated Angel Sanguinetti, adding Âwhereas the number of Parisian hotels served by our agency increased 15.29% to 377 units.Â
Such sales growth bears witness to the growing importance of online tourism, as well as to the growing role of direct booking specialists such as 1001 Web Promotions. General Manager Vincent Ramelli commented: ÂOur job consists in helping individual travelers to book directly with the hotels, and by-pass the large tour-operators who may or may not offer the best deals around. We are closing the gap between consumers and hotel owners.Â
CEO Angel Sanguinetti added: ÂIndividual travelers should be aware that when they book a room through a large tour-operator, the hotel has to pay a large commission to the T/O. Part of this commission could easily be passed onto their guests if they would book directly with the hotel. No independent hotel can afford not to have a web strategy. If only because travelers would benefit from deeper discounts.Â
On August 31, 2005, 1001 Web Promotions had developed 1981 hotel websites in several languages for a clientele of independent hotels. Hotel owners pay the direct-booking specialist a monthly fee to be promoted both online and offline. They are free to opt out of the promotion contract at any time after an initial 6-month period.
1001 Web Promotions currently services over 400 hotels, all independently owned and operated.
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