Armin Gögele, last updated on September 19, 2023
Introduction and Definition of Hotel Distribution Channels
Hotel distribution channels are the various ways in which hotels can offer and sell rooms and services. These channels range from direct channels such as a hotel's own website and telephone bookings to indirect channels such as online travel agents (OTAs), travel agencies and tour operators. Choosing the right distribution channels is critical to a hotel's success, as it has a direct impact on occupancy and profitability.
Pros and Cons of Different Distribution Channels for Hotels
While indirect distribution channels such as OTAs offer broad reach and can help increase occupancy, they typically charge high commissions and make it difficult to communicate directly with guests. Therefore, hotels should not rely on them, but rather work to generate more direct bookings.
Direct sales through the hotel website can increase occupancy and strengthen the relationship with guests, but requires a solid online presence and good search engine optimization. Social media platforms can help promote the hotel and generate direct bookings, but require a targeted strategy. A hotel marketing agency can help hoteliers choose the right distribution channels for their personal marketing strategy.