For many pubs that also offer accommodation, the hardest part is advertising the accommodation side of the business.
Mick Comerford is General Manager of The Mercantile Hotel, Australia’s longest running Irish pub and boutique hotel, based in Sydney. Mick knew that he had to grow all parts of the business, but he found that many of his patrons didn’t know that they also offered accommodation.
While he knew that one way of getting the word out was through online booking sites that travellers use when they search for accommodation, their processes were manual. Mick knew that he needed to stop processing bookings with a notebook and a pen if he wanted to start taking full advantage of these sites.
He explains that with their manual system, “There was no integration with online channels, so it was difficult to track our inventory, there was always the risk of double-bookings, and it was hard to branch out to other OTAs (online travel agencies). If we hadn’t done anything about it, we would lose revenue and time, and people would continue to be unaware of the accommodation side of the business.”
He explains, “Now, more people know about our hotel because they’re finding us online. We’ve partnered with two OTAs, and they send us a lot of international travellers.”
By managing his online channels through Little Hotelier’s channel management component, Mick was able to dedicate more of his time to revenue-generating tasks, like using Little Hotelier’s reports to grow the business.
“We settled on Little Hotelier because it truly is the all in one business solution – it’s my front desk, my backend system, it connects me to 3rd party booking sites, and it has a whole bunch of reports.”
To find out how you can raise awareness of your pub-hotel, check out Little Hotelier’s all-in-one solution!
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