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#digibiz Award Win The digital industry is booming in Scotland, with our small country becoming a world-leader in pushing technological boundaries. Since 2008, the Herald has been recognising and celebrating the most innovative, creative and commercially successful digital work in Scotland with the annual Scottish Digital Business Awards. Every year Scotland’s finest digital talent, companies and campaigns are [...]
How are we doing? You tell us As an independent family business ourselves, we understand the value of our relationships with our customers. As such, we like to check in with you every so often to find out your thoughts – how are we doing, what we can improve on, what do you like? Well, the summer 2018 results are in and we’re [...]
World Social Media Day Social Media is a brilliant way for B&Bs and independent hotels to connect with their customers, build relationships and promote themselves. In celebration of World Social Media Day, here are freetobook’s top ten social media tips for B&Bs: Make visuals a social media priority Give future guests a virtual experience of what it will be [...]
Packages help direct bookings Packages: the latest update on freetobook. Using freetobook packages you can now offer your customers extra value added inclusions and change the board basis for any specific package you wish to create. Types of Package: Added Meals – for example you may have a standard rate with Bed and Breakfast and want to offer a [...]
Scotland’s Luxury B&Bs – Hot Travel Trend At freetobook we were delighted to read a recent article in The Herald about the new generation of boutique B&Bs in Scotland, which it describes as “increasingly fashionable, even becoming the top choice for young travellers”. It highlights the importance of giving guests a ‘personal experience’ – something we know that our freetobookers excel at! So [...]
Airbnb and freetobook In an open letter this week to boutique hotel and B&B owners, Airbnb have just announced that going forward they want to ensure that small business owners have access to their community of travelers. Airbnb has always been a favourite of thousands of freetobook customers; over the years a large number have registered with Airbnb and [...]
Card payments : fast, secure, and easy with Stripe Faster and more secure, Stripe is a brilliant online payment system which enables accommodation providers to take card payments – without the need for a merchant account or a payment gateway! Access to an easy to use credit and debit card system can make life so much easier for our customers. Stripe enables you to [...]
Maximum Direct Bookings 2018 New year, new direct booking updates! Direct bookings save you commission, time and are three times less likely to cancel than bookings made through an OTA. As always, freetobook has your back – our new SearchPro upgrade can increase your direct bookings by up to 40%! Here are our top tips to make the most [...]
Hotel Bonanza 8 percent Hotel Bonanza is a new Online Travel Agent (OTA) with a strategy of offering a lower commission for accommodation owners and a discount to guests. They have set their commission at 8% so you will find them considerably cheaper than the current dominant OTAs. Freetobook is a family run company so our loyalty is firmly [...]
3 Things to learn from Hilton CEO High levels of cancellation, high commissions from Online Travel Agencies (OTAs) and competition from Airbnb are big issues that a giant chain like Hilton have in common with independent owners. In a recent interview, the CEO of Hilton talked about rising cancellation rates, high commission from the OTAs and competition from Airbnb. Every day is [...]
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