IWB Channel Manager now connects to Booking.com

IWB Channel ManagerNew Service Announcement: IWB Channel Manager now connects directly to Booking.com and TravelRepublic.com.Booking.com is one of the most popular booking sites today. Now you can connect to Booking.com at no additional cost. We’re constantly adding new booking channels to choose from. A few months ago we added Expedia. This month, we’ve also added TravelRepublic.com. In total, IWB Channel Manager gives you more than 150 booking sites to choose from.

If you haven’t tried Channel Manager before, now is the time. The cost is only $14 per month. Eliminate hours and hours of work each week. If you already use a channel management service, now is the time to consider switching. Stop paying too much. Instant World Booking offers incredible savings and convenience.

Why sign up for Channel Manager today?

Less than $14 per month
Update your calendar on over 150 booking sites, plus the GDS, for one low price
All major hostelling sites included, even HostelWorld.com, Hostelbookers, etc.
Save time and money by managing your calendar only once
Multiply your exposure with premium sites like Booking.com, Hotels.com, Expedia, and many more

Sign up today, and have all your calendars synchronized by tomorrow. You can purchase just one month at a time, so there’s nothing to lose by trying it.

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IWB Front Desk 2.0 next-generation Property Management System

Instant World Booking has recently announced it’s 2013 release of IWB Front Desk 2.0, a next generation of property management system (PMS).  Redesigned from the ground up, IWB Front Desk offers all the features demanded by accommodation properties around the globe, including a complete wishlist of tools requested by IWB’s clients.

The release of this groundbreaking software is very timely.  In the wake of price increases across the board by many competing front desk solutions on the market, Instant World Booking has chosen to hold prices for IWB Front Desk at the low end of the pack.  Price increases for competitors like Rezovation and others in 2012-2013 are in the 10%-11% range.  This represents a dramatic increase in prices year on year.

To demonstrate the approximate savings Instant World Booking can provide versus competing PMS solutions, here are the typical savings hotels, hostels, and bed & breakfasts may achieve by switching to IWB Front Desk:

Rezovation GT Online      64% – 84% typical savings

HostelOffice                  56% – 83%

SuperInn                       42% – 62%

Resnexus                       68% – 86%

RezStream Pro                       69% – 85%

A winning property management system, Here are some of the features provides:

  • Availability Calendar Management
  • Guest Management
  • Reservation Management
  • Accounting and Reporting
  • Billing Statements
  • Fully online solution (no backups or software updates needed)
  • Attractive, Uncluttered, and Effortless Interface
  • Full Customer Support
  • Full integration with Instant World Booking
  • Full integration with IWB Channel Manager

To learn more about IWB Front Desk, and to get started, please read more about Property Management Systems


IWB Channel Manager Connects to over 150 channels for $14 per month

Over 150 Channels!

IWB Channel Manager has added new booking channels. Now you can upload your calendar of availability to over 150 distribution sites at once.IWB Channel Manager

Previously, about 30 booking channels were available for a monthly cost of about $14. This was already a great offer. Now, we’ve added 5 times the number of booking channels, all at the same price. This is an unprecedented value.

Sign up for IWB Channel Manager now. Just log into your profile at our website, and proceed to the Channel Manager page. Not listed yet? Get your free listing today. Get Started?            Questions?

 

IWB Channel Manager Advantages

  • Less than $14 per month

  • Update your calendar on over 150 booking sites, plus the GDS, for one low price

  • All major hostelling sites included, even HostelWorld.com, Hostelbookers, etc.

  • Save time and money by managing your calendar only once

  • Multiply your exposure with premium sites like Hotels.com, Expedia, Booking.com, and many more

If you haven’t tried IWB Channel Manager before, now is the time. Eliminate hours and hours of work each week. If you already use a channel management service, now is the time to consider switching. Stop overpaying. Instant World Booking offers incredible savings and convenience.

Sign up today, and have all your calendars synchronized by tomorrow. There’s nothing to lose by trying it. Just log into your profile at www.instantworldbooking.com and proceed to the Channel Manager page.

Get Listed Now?

 

Get More Reservations from Your WebsiteIWB Channel Manager

Get a new Booking Engine for your website. Manage your calendar once on your website and all your external booking sites.

Instant World Booking has the lowest price, guaranteed. No exceptions. We also have more options than most providers. Just contact us for a personalized price quote. If we can’t reduce your current cost, you get our booking engine free for a year.

This offer is a virtual “game-changer”!  Choose a plan with or without customer deposits. Customize your payments. Instant World Booking now offers more service and payment options than any other provider. Get started now! There’s no obligation.

Get Your Booking Engine Now?            Questions?


IWB Channel Manager now connects to over 150 channels for $14 per month

New Service Announcement:  IWB’s Channel Manager has added new booking channels.  Now you can upload your calendar of availability to over 150 distribution sites at once.

Previously, about 30 booking channels were available for a monthly cost of about $14.  This was a great offer.  Now, we’ve added 5 times the number of booking channels, all at the same price.  This is an unprecedented value.  Sign up now.  Simply log into your profile at our website, and proceed to the Channel Manager page.

Advantages:
– Less than $14 per month
– Update your calendar on over 150 booking sites, plus the GDS, for one low price
– All major hostelling sites included, even HostelWorld.com
– Save time by managing your calendar only once
– Multiply your exposure with sites like Hotels.com, Expedia, Booking.com and many more

If you haven’t tried Channel Manager before, now is the time.  Eliminate hours and hours of work each week.  If you already use a channel management service, now is the time to consider switching.  Stop overpaying.  Instant World Booking offers incredible savings and convenience.

Sign up today, and have all your calendars synchronized by tomorrow.  There’s nothing to lose by trying it.  Just log into your profile and proceed to the Channel Manager page.

Don’t have a free listing yet?  http://www.instantworldbooking.com/listings/add_property.php


Remember Things with a Mnemonic Object

Good simple advice for living … Not necessarily travel related.

By placing a familiar object in an unfamiliar context, you can intentionally trigger the recall of a memory when that out-of-place object is seen again.

Use a beanbag when you think of something you have to do in the future, and then throw the beanbag across the room where you will stumble across it later. When you see the beanbag out of place, you will remember the thing that you have to do. Another example of the technique is thinking of something you have to do the next day while laying in bed about to fall asleep. You could throw a pen across the room, and when you saw the pen in the morning out of place it would remind you of that task when you woke up next morning.


Top Tips for Staying Cool in the Summer

Temperatures in the 90s and higher are dangerous, and become more dangerous the higher they go and the longer they last. The very young and the very old are at the highest risk, as their weight and age can impair their ability to handle high temperatures.

12 Tips for Staying Cool This Summer
Be aware of the heat. Pay attention to it and modify your activities appropriately.
Pay attention to your hydration status and be sure to drink plenty of fluids.
Try to stay in relatively cool areas, even when outside. Many public places, such as libraries, shopping malls and movie theatres, are air conditioned.
Avoid hot, enclosed places, such as cars. Never leave children unattended in a car parked in the sun.
Use a fan, if available.
Stay on the lowest floor of your building.
Eat well-balanced, light and regular meals.
Wear loose-fitting, lightweight and light-colored clothing.
Cover windows that receive a significant amount of sun with drapes or shades to help keep your house cool.
Weather stripping and proper insulation will keep cool air inside your home.
Cool beverages are good for cooling down the body, while alcoholic drinks can impair the body’s ability to regulate its temperature.

8 Signs of Heat Overexposure
Heavy sweating — though if heat stroke sets in, the body can no longer compensate and stops sweating.
Pale skin.
Muscle cramps.
Feeling tired and weak.
Altered mental status (confusion or disorientation).
Headache.
Becoming semi-conscious or passing out.
Nausea or vomiting.

6 First Steps to Take After Recognizing Heat-Induced Illness
Call 911.
Get the person out of the sun and into a cool area. An air-conditioned area is ideal, but moving someone into the shade will also help.
Apply water to help the person cool off.
Apply ice to the neck or armpits, where large blood vessels are close to the surface.
Remove any heavy clothing.
Immerse the body in cool water, either at a swimming pool or in a bathtub.


More Reasons to Use IWB for your Website Booking Engine

There are many reasons to choose IWB for your Booking Engine. We offer more deposit options than other services. We can collect any deposit level you want from your guest, up to 100% up front. In addition, we can set it up to collect no deposit, but still provide you with the credit card billing details for confirmation. If you’re going to maintain availability on Instant World Booking, it makes sense to consolidate your services. The other services are alright, but have definite limitations. Here are some examples. With some booking engines, it takes up to 5 steps for the guest to complete a booking. This is too long, and some users will be put off by it. Our Booking Engine will provide a much cleaner user experience, and get the guest’s booking confirmed quicker. Second, other systems may not be multi-lingual or multi-currency. Ours is. This is a big drawback if you’re presumably accepting bookings worldwide on your website (which is a must these days). If you were to use our Booking Engine, you’ll certainly get more international bookings, the one’s your current Booking Engine is probably losing.


BBliverate Now Connected to Instant World Booking Calendar

BBliverate is now connected with Instant World Booking.  IWB is pleased to announce that you can manage your calendar directly on the BBliverate system.  This means that your calendar availability will automatically feed from BBliverate to Instant World Booking.  This service is free to users of BBliverate software.

BBliverate offers a channel manager & booking engine for to hotels, hostels, apartments and bed & breakfasts.  BBliverate manages your booking partners via 1 central screen.  Use one central inventory managed in BBliverate to update all your online distribution.
– No more logging in to multiple extranets
– No more lost sales because rooms are allocated to the wrong sites
– Maximise your online distribution while saving time and effort

See more Channel Managers connected with Instant World Booking:

http://www.instantworldbooking.com/blog_iw/2012/04/channel-managers-updating-instant-world-bookings-calendar/

See our updated XML API Guide at:

http://www.instantworldbooking.com/xml/InstantWorldBookingXMLAPI.doc


How to Know if an Email is Fraudulent

For small hotels and bed & breakfasts, weeding out fraudulent email requests can be more of an art than a science. But, here are some foolproof methods of identifying scam emails in under a minute. Fraud prevention has become an important part of everyday business at Instant World Booking, so we’ve learned a few things along the way.

Whenever you receive an email reservation request, and the body of the email mentions “credit cards used for full payment”, this is a red flag. Most legitimate requests would never ask about full payment in advance by credit card.

90% of fraud emails will be sent from yahoo, gmail, hotmail, or some other free email service. So, if there’s any doubt about the content of the email, check the sender’s email address.

Now, here’s the foolproof part. Check the email headers. Many scammers have become good at faking email addresses, website domains, even copying the exact logos and website content of legitimate businesses. However, they cannot fake the “email headers”. Here’s how to check them:

From your email inbox, right-click the suspect email. Select “Message options”. You will immediately see the headers, starting with something like “Return-path:”, “Envelope-to”, etc.

If the header contains a source domain or address that looks suspicious, the email is most likely fraudulent.


IWBFrontDesk.com Brings Power to Guest Management

IWBFrontDesk can replace Infusionsoft with the following functionality (see below). And best yet, it’s fully integrated with Instant World Booking’s (BedBreakfastTraveler.com) calendar services, including Channel Manager and Booking Engine for a B&B website.

IWBFrontDesk has several automated client management features that you can configure to send emails to:

– Confirm a booking

– Acknowledge a payment

– Send a balance payment reminder

– Send a “thanks for staying” email

Each of these can be customized to say whatever you wish. You can include placeholders like [guest_name] to include dynamic content within each email.

You can also export all your guest details to a spreadsheet file which you could then import into something like MailChimp or ConstantContact to do further email marketing to your guests. Or, manage your client and mailing lists yourself using MS Office, or any other method you prefer.