OTA Listing Verification and Alert Service
Is your hostel still listed on all booking sites you previously registered with? If you are relying on OTAs (Online Booking Agents) to get new guests in your hostel, a "Set It and Forget It" approach can cost you money. Many hostel owners and hotels have been caught off guard by trusting their hostel is still listed, only to find out months later that some technical snafu has occurred and they are no longer listed at all.
When real-world systems and equipment in your hostel, fail you know about it because they are in your face (or your guest's face). The point is, when these failures happen you know about it because you will see it, hear it or someone will tell you about it. At Hostel Management we use the term "failing silently" to describe systems and equipment (usually online) that will not alert you when they are not working. Hostel owners need to be careful that the marketing efforts they have in place are continuing to work for them and not "failing silently".
Is your hostel listing ghosted?
It's possible you may already have your hostel listings bookmarked on and look at these pages on a regular basis. You might also search for your hostel by name as assume everything is okay. However, these are not a true tests of whether you hostel is visible and accessible on the OTA. You need to have someone manually search the OTA in the same way a traveler would who was planning a visit to your destination.
How much money is a hostel guest booking worth to you? How much money would you lose in 6 months if your hostel was no longer getting bookings from various OTAs? What would you pay as an insurance policy against these loses?
Subscribe to OTA Listing Alert Service
Give yourself some peace of mind and try out our new Hostel Management OTA Listing Alert Service. Once subscribed to this service, your human virtual assistant will manually check the status of your hostel's visibility on all of your OTAs and update the results on a Google Doc. Your assistant also send you a weekly emails regarding the status of your hostel's listings on the OTAs and point out any areas o
How much does this cost?
We are currently trialing this service at $20USD per month. To get started with our OTA Listing Alert Service or if you have any questions, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org