How to Help in Haiti

Want to know how to help in Haiti?  We at Instant World Booking wish to express our sympathy and support to the victims and survivors of the earthquake in Haiti, and to those who travel there.  Here is a list of some organizations currently providing relief and aid.  Please help if you can. 

The American Red Cross

www.redcross.org

Text “Haiti” to 90999 to donate $10 (billed to your phone)

The United Nations World Food Program

www.wfp.org
The Salvation Army

www.salvationarmyusa.org
Action Against Hunger

www.actionagainsthunger.org

Catholic Relief Services

http://crs.org/
Project HOPE

www.projecthope.org
Partners in Health

www.pih.org

This list is provided as a service to our readers.  Instant World Booking is not affiliated with these organizations and does not specifically endorse them.


List of Calendar Management Systems Linked to Instant World Booking

The following is a list of calendar management systems currently linking to Instant World Booking.  What this means is that these 3rd party systems, whether CMS, Channel Management systems, availability calendars, property management, or front desk software systems, provide an interface to automatically update your calendar on the Instant World Booking network.

If you are currently working with another 3rd party system like those described above, tell them you want to be able to feed your availability directly to Instant World Booking.  Typically, services will respond positively to their clients’ requests of this type.

If you wish to check out one of the services listed above, please do so, and tell them you heard about them from Instant World Booking.  Frequently, services will be happy to offer special introductory pricing if they know their partners are referring new business to them.  So, it can’t hurt to ask.


Top 100 Hotels In The World

Here Are The Top 100 Hotels In The World, According To Travel & Leisure Magazine September, 2009

THE TOP 100 HOTELS
Properties in Africa and Asia have been steadily rising in the Top 100 rankings since 2003, and this year they have broken all the records: 58 percent of reader favorites are located on the other side of the globe. But properties closer to home still hold strong. At No. 3, St. Lucia’s Jade Mountain is the first hotel in the Caribbean ever to break into the Top 10, and U.S. and Canadian hotels, from Texas to Toronto, make up nearly a quarter of the list.

1. BUSHMANS KLOOF Cedar Mountains, South Africa 98.67

2. OBEROI VANYAVILAS Ranthambhore, India 98.00

3. JADE MOUNTAIN St. Lucia 97.50

4. SABI SABI PRIVATE GAME RESERVE (EARTH LODGE) Sabi Sand Wildtuin, South Africa 97.50

5. INN AT MANITOt,? McKellar, Ontario 95.59

6. SINGITA SABI SAND Sabi Sand Wildtuin, South Africa 95.52

7. FOUR SEASONS TENTED CAMP GOLDEN TRIANGLE Chiang Rai, Thailand 95.00

8. OBEROI UDAIVILAS Udaipur, India 94.88

9. GOVERNORS’ CAMP Masai Mara, Kenya 94.82

10. JACK’S CAMP Kalahari, Botswana 94.72

11. PALACIO DUHAU-PARK HYATT Buenos Aires 94.68

12. KIRAWIRA CAMP WESTERN SERENGETI Serengeti National Park, Tanzania 94.63

13. EAGLE ISL AND CAMP Okavanqo Delta, Botswana 94.17

14. INN AT PALMETTO BLUFF Bluffton, South Carolina 94.03

15. TWELVE APOSTLES HOTEL & SPA Cape Town 93.91

16. SINGITA GRUMETI RESERVES Serenqeti National Park, Tanzania 93.75

17. THE LODGE AT KAURI CLIFFS North Island, New Zealand 93.75

18. ROSEWOOD MAYAKOBA Riviera Maya 93.41

19. ELIOT HOTEL Boston 93.40

20. MANDARIN ORIENTAL Bangkok 93.34

21. FOUR SEASONS RESORT Chianq Mai, Thailand 93.33

22. THE FARM AT CAPE KIDNAPPERS North Island, New Zealand 93.33

23. ESPERANZA RESORT Los Cabos, Mexico 93.30

24. LIONS SAND PRIVATE GAME RESERVE Sabi Sand Wildtuin, South Africa 93.28

25. ROYAL MALEWANE Kruqer National Park, South Africa 93.15

26. WATERMARK HOTEL & SPA San Antonio, Texas 93.08

27. SHAMWARI GAME RESERVE Eastern Cape, South Africa 93.00

28. OBEROI AMARVILAS Agra, India 92.91

29. SINGITA KRUGER NATIONAL PARK South Africa 92.86

30. THE SAXON Johannesburg 92.86 .

31. GRAND HOTEL BAGLIONI Bologna, Italy 92.83 .

32. ISLAND SHANGRI-t.A Hong Kong 92.75

33. GIRAFFE MANOR Nairobi 92.68

34. LONDON PRIVATE CAME RESERVE Sabi Sand Wildtuin, South Africa 92.68

35. THE PENINSULA Hong Kong 92.23

36. COUPLES NEGRIL Jamaica 92.19

37. ANANTARA DHIGU RESORT & SPA. Maldives 92.14

38. LONDON WEST HOLLYWOOD California 92.07

39. KICHWA TEMBO MASAI MARA Kenya 91.86

40. FOUR SEASONS HOTEL CAIRO AT THE FRST RESIDENCE Egypt 91.86

41. HALEKULANI Oahu 91.81

42. COUPLES SWEPT AWAY Neqril, Jamaica 91.80

43. DOMAINE DES HAUTS DE LOIRE, France 91.79

44. KHWAI RIVER LODGE Okavanqo Delta, Botswana 91.71

45. HOTEL NELLIGAN Montreal 91.47

46. AMANGANI Jackson, Wyoming 91.42

47. IL SAN PIETRO Positano, Italy 91.39

48. PUDONG SHANGRI-LA Shanghai 91.30

49. TORTILIS CAMP Amboseli Game Reserve, Kenya 91.28

50. AMANKORA PARO Bhutan 91.25

51. ENCHANTMENT RESORT Sedona, Arizona 91.22

52. RABBIT HILL INN Lower Waterford, Vermont 91.19

53. ANANTARA GOLDEN TRIANGLE Chiang Rai, Thailand 91.16

54. PLACE D’ARMES HOTEL & SUITES Montreal 91.06

55. SHANGRI-LA’S TANJUNG ARU RESORT & SPA KOTA KINABALU Malaysia 90.98

56. NEORONGORO CRATER LODGE Tanzania 90.97

57. CEYLAN INTERCONTINENTAL Istanbul 90.90

58. CAPE GRACE Cape Town 90.90

59. WESTIN BLIND CENTER Shanghai 90.82

60. LE OUARTIER FRANCAIS Franschhoek Valley, South Africa 90.79

61. MARRIOTT HOTEL Budapest 90.76

62. SOOKE HARBOUR HOUSE Sooke, British Columbia 90.67

63. FOUR SEASONS RESORT HOUSE Hawaii 90.67

64. SAN YSIDRO RANCH Santa Barbara, California 90.59

65 POST HOTEL & SPA Lake Louise, Alberta 90.59

66. THE PENINSULA Bangkok 90.55

67, RITZ-CARLTON BEIJING FINANCIAL STREET 90.52

68. ST. REGIS Shanghai 90.44

69. MOMBO AND LITTLE MOMBO CAMPS Okavango Delta, BotSwana 90.42

70. OBEROI RAJVILAS Jaipur, India 90.40

71. FOUR SEASONS HOTEL Shanghai 90.35

72. OMNI LA MANSION DEL RIO San Antonio, Texas 90.27

73. WESTIN PALACE Milan 90.16

74. ANSE CHATANET RESOR T St. Lucia 90.14

75. SnAVUTE ELEPHANT CAMP Chobe National Park, Botswana 90.13 76. FAIRMONT MOUNT KENYA SAFARI CL°at; NanyUki, Kenya 90.07

77. MALAMALA GAME RESERVE Sabi Sand Wildtuin, South Africa 90.00

78.TAJ LAKE PALACE Udaipur, India 89.87

79. RUSTY PARROT Lodge & SPA Jackson Hole, Wyoming 89.87

80. CHATEAU EZA Itze Village, France 89.85

81. EDEN ROCK St. Bart’s 89.76

82. LIE MERIDIEN PHUKE T BEACH RESORT Thailand 89.75

83. HOTEL HANA-MAUI & HONUA SPA Maui 89.74

84.FOUR SEASONS HOTEL Prague 89.69

85. AYANA RESORT & SPA (FORMERLY THE RITZ-CARLTON BALI RESORT & SPA) Bali, Indonesia 89.69

86. FOUR SEASONS HOTEL TOKOYO AT CHIANZAN -S089.69

87. RAMBAGH PALACE Jaipur, India 89.61

88. FOUR SEASONS HOTEL AlEXANDRIA AT SAN STEFANO Egypt 89.56

89. HANGRI-LA’S FAR EASTERN PLAZA HOTEL Taipei 89.55

90. MANDARIN ORIENTAL DHARA DHEVI Chiang Mai, Thailand 89.55

91.THE CLOISTER AT SEA ISLAND Georgia 89.54

92. POST RANCH INN Big Sur, California 89.49

93.LE MILRIDIEN Bangkok 89.48

94.AUBERGE DU SOLEIL Rutherford, California 89.36

95. HOTEL PLAZA ATHtNEE Paris 89.35

96. FAIRMONT MARA SAFARI CLUB MaSai Mara, Kenya 89.33

97. FOUR SEASONS HOTEL Hong Kong 89.25

98. AL.VEAR PALACE HOTEL Buenos Aires 89.22

99. PARK HYATT Beijing 89.19

100. HOTEL LE ROYAL Luxembourg 89.08


10 Free Places to add your Hotel or Hostel Website Online

Want to increase your exposure online? Visit these 10 free places to list your hostel online and get additional exposure on the Internet:

  1. World66.com
  2. Wikitravel.org
  3. Yelp.com (USA)
  4. Google Local
  5. Yahoo Local
  6. Yahoo Travel — either find your hostel in the listings and look for an edit link or go to the home page and look for the suggest a hotel link at the bottom of the page.
  7. HostelLinks.com
  8. HostelGuide.de
  9. Backpackers-planet.com
  10. HostelManagement.com

Top 10 Reasons InstantWorldBooking.com Outperforms other Online Booking Engines

Why is InstantWorldBooking.com better for online booking and marketing your property? The answer is simple. We bring more features, better technology, and lower costs than any competing provider.

It is widely known that a correctly executed online booking and marketing strategy can increase a lodging’s profit margin by at least 20% in the first year. Here are the top ways Instant World Booking helps you achieve your income goals.

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1) Lowest Cost

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Cost is always the primary concern when selecting online marketing services. You already know some of the big names in online booking for B&B’s, hostels, and hotels. One of the biggest online providers for budget properties charges 10% commission. Others charge even more. For example, in the bed and breakfast market one big provider charges 25% commission, plus an annual fee ranging from $99 up to over $500 annually. Stop overpaying for online booking and marketing.

Instant World Booking commissions start at only 8%. There are no membership fees.

What about costs for a booking engine on your website? Again, one of the biggest budget providers charges you 10% for one booking each day, and 2.5% thereafter. Your cost is therefore between 2.5% – 10%. Two other major players in this market charge 5% and 9% respectively. In the bed and breakfast market, the biggest provider charges as much as 30% commission, arguing that 70% of any booking is better than no booking at all. You already know who these players are. Stop overpaying for booking engines on your website.

Instant World Booking commissions start at only 1.9% for a fully integrated booking engine on your website.

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2) Accept Credit Cards Online

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Here’s a little know fact about online booking services. Of all the providers mentioned, only Instant World Booking can set you up to accept credit cards from your own website. Of course, we’re not naming names. If you think you have a better arrangement at a better price from another provider, just call us. We’ll be happy to discuss how our integrated booking and credit card collection service is not available anywhere else. And, our integrated booking engine will cost you less than if you try to acquire credit card services yourself. No matter what region or country your property is in, you can accept credit cards and online bookings from your own website today.

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3) Cancellation & No-show Protection for your Booking Engine

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In combination with a customized booking engine on you own website, Instant World Booking offers full no-show and cancellation protection for your reservations. This means, if a guest cancels or fails to arrive, you still receive payments according to a cancellation policy that you specify. This service is so advanced that no other provider dares to offer it. No more worries about no-shows or late cancellations.

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4) Pay-per-Click Advertising

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We understand that getting your property to the top of search engine rankings is a priority. Organic search rankings are not enough any more. You need pay-per-click advertising to really bring in guests on the internet. When you use our instant booking service, Instant World Booking advertises your specific property name in Google pay-per-click campaigns. To set up a Google pay-per-click campaign can cost you hundreds and even thousands of dollars each year.

This is a value that cannot be matched elsewhere. You pay nothing to list with Instant World Booking. Instant World Booking then develops and maintains a Google pay-per-click advertising campaign for your property that would cost you hundreds if not thousands of dollars. Even if you never received a booking, the public relations value of having your property advertised at the top of Google search pages has an intrinsic value that you could never achieve on your own without paying large sums. Again, no other competing provider offers this service.

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5) Affiliate Programs

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Instant World Booking offers a varied array of affiliate programs, arguably the most diverse set of affiliate options available today. For example, we offer affiliate programs for online booking directories, individual hotels, and other tourism websites. Our affiliate programs are fully customizable and can be fine-tuned to any online offering.

We lead in online innovation. We recently introduced our Auto-Affiliate Program, the first program capable of being automatically set up in seconds on your website, with virtually no requirement for sign-ups or registrations.

As an added benefit, our Auto-Affiliate Program pays an unprecedented 25% of earnings to the affiliate partner.

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6) Traveler Reviews

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InstantWorldBooking.com features one of the newest and most intuitive online review systems for guest travelers. Our ratings system includes a proprietary algorithm for weighting review components whether it be for location, guest services, dining options, etc. This results in a fairer basis for ranking properties based on guest satisfaction.

As an added bonus, if you use Instant World Booking as your booking engine for your website, you can also feature your guest reviews on your own website.

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7) Exposure and Traffic

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When you list your property for free with Instant World Booking, you get the benefit of simultaneously advertising on several of our highly targeted web portals. For hostels and budget lodging, HostelTraveler.com is a leading brand recognized worldwide. Similarly, for bed and breakfasts and inns, BedBreakfastTraveler.com is our premier B&B brand. We also include regional, country, and city sites in 6 continents, which span over 3 dozen web portals. We’re adding new websites every year.

Our unique blend of regional and global internet branding is a strategy which you cannot attain individually with you own website, or with any competing online provider.

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8 ) Customer Service

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Internet firms offer varying degrees of customer service for their hotel partners. At InstantWorldBooking.com, we support our partners through the listing process. Regardless of what assistance you need in getting set up, we can assist you through the whole process. For example, if you’ve never used instant booking before or worked with an online availability calendar, we’ll help you every step of the way in getting it set up. Other services leave you to contend with online help screens.

Another service we provide which no other online booking engine provides are periodic notifications that help you keep your calendar up to date. We even let you know what types of accommodation guests are looking for, so you may best customize your availability calendar to match guests’ needs.

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9) 2 Great Methods for Online Booking

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Instant World Booking has published a lot of information about the benefits of using true instant booking on your website or on marketing sites. In fact, instant booking is a must if you wish to maximize your online capability to attract guests. Nevertheless, there are properties who for various reasons wish to use “request-basis” reservations. For those who require online requests, and not instant confirmation, we offer one of the most efficient and automated processes for accepting request-basis reservations.

No competing service offers a highly automated process for offering both instant bookings and request-basis bookings.

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10) Free Online Marketing Strategy Consultation

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A well-executed online marketing strategy, including online booking capability, is now known to be able to increase a tourist accommodation’s profits by at least 20% in the first year. Instant World Booking is a recognized leader in online technology and strategy. Whether you are a novice just new to the internet, or you currently use a variety of online services to publicize your property, we can help you develop the right strategy. The correct approach for your accommodation can be a low cost, yet high impact strategy, carefully implemented.

We offer any tourist accommodation that is new to our services a free consultation by telephone to help you develop the right online marketing strategy for your property. If you’re considering switching from another service, or looking to try online marketing for the first time, a one-half hour consultation, without cost or obligation, can change the way you think about marketing permanently.

For your free strategy consultation, please call 1.941.866.0010 today, or send an email to info@instantworldbooking.com.

Even if you have no intention of changing your current provider or approach, why not call us to find out how we can beat your current economics.

Click Here to add your listing today.