TravelTek

Published on Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Tips for tackling the hotel tab



Like recent reports from PwC and PKF, a new study from STR predicts rising hotel rates for the next 18 months.


STR predicts average daily rates (ADR) will climb 4.2% percent to $110.61, as occupancy rates rise 1.4%, to 62.2%. Supply will grow just 1.1%, below the long-term average of 1.7%.


So what's a hotel buyer or meeting planner to do to get the best deals?


Bob Diener, president of Getaroom.com, told TravelMole that with very little new supply coming into the market, rates surely will rise, especially in major cities.Still, though, there is "a lot of product and a lot of options."


Buyers can consider moving slightly outside the center of the big cities, opting for Palm Beach instead of Miami or Jersey City instead of Manhattan.


Because rising rates also keep travelers from cancelling their reservations because they get a better deal, the closer you get to your arrival date, the higher the price will b, Diener notes.


Booking early - before the 14-day or 21-day windows hotels use to raise rates - can bring big savings.


Now is the best time to book a hotel for the winter season in major cities in the US and Europe, Diener says; with refundable rates, you can always cancel if your plans change.


While Getaroom.com is designed to be a consumer site, it also works with many travel agents to find the best rates, and it does pay commissions.


"Our number-one tip for agents and consumers is the earlier you book, the better off you are going to be," Diener says.


"You want to try to be at least 21 days in advance, whether it's for an individual or a small group."

Story Image



Your Comments

, be the first to post a comment.
Your email:






Email other comments made to this story
Code Request a new picture 5 characters



NOTE: Comments are subject to admin approval before being posted.
Mole Poll
TSA fails latest undercover tests: Time to privatize airport security?
yes 45.95 %
no 54.05 %

Thank you for your vote




Move scroll bar (above) left to right for more videos!

UPCOMING EVENTS
Sponsored features

roomsXML - saving travel agents from heartburns and wasted man-hours


Founded in 2007, roomsXML is an online B2B accommodation wholesaler serving travel agents and tour operators with offices in Australia, India, UAE, UK and USA. roomsXML is winner of numerous industry awards and accolades, including 'MSE 2' high credit worthiness certificate from CRISIL - an S&P Global company.

\m