What Channel Mix includes in the hotel industry.

One important part of the sale process is the Channel Mix. The Channel Mix of a hotel includes many different channels, and each hotel has a different method to distribute depending on business strategy and sale policy. We can categorize the channel by offline and online.

Offline includes:

  • Property direct (walk-in guests)
  • Call center / Reservation center
  • Travel Agent (TA), wholesale for the MICE

Online includes:

  • Website, Facebook
  • OTA – Online Travel Agent such as booking.com, agoda, expedia, traveloka, etc
  • Metasearch: search platform and compare price and availability of hotels. Google Hotel, trivago, and TripAdvisor are the top typical metasearch.
  • GDS – Global Distribution System. Mostly used for the large hotel with business customers, rarely seen at small hotels.
  • Opaque: is the platform where price being discounted largely (30 – 60%). The price and product in the opaque distribution channel are hidden from customers to not be seen as cheap, which is harmful to the hotel’s brand.

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