MIAMI, Jan. 27 /CNW/ -- Hotels have been empowered. Empowered to collect
every cent generated from their bookings without paying commissions. Empowered
to manage their property's profiles and update room rates as deemed necessary.
Empowered to increase their online exposure and gain valuable market share.
Empowered by http://www.aboutanywhere.com [AboutAnywhere.com].
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AboutAnywhere.com now offers the world's first online distribution
network that is completely free for the hotel industry. The Company has
dedicated the last year to building a network that operates websites in over
30,000 destinations across the globe, with http://www.aboutanywhere.com
[AboutAnywhere.com] serving as the Company's main portal. As of today, any
hotel regardless of size, star rating or location, has the ability to create a
profile, containing as much content and media as desired, and manage
reservations and bookings, in a website that specializes in their destination
-- at absolutely no cost.
The hotel industry has been victim to the high cost of online
distribution and the insurmountable commissions and fees charged by the online
travel agencies (OTAs) -- up to 35% in some cases -- for almost a decade.
Couple that expense with the economic downturn that the world is currently
experiencing and the ending result could be drastically negative for smaller
hotels and several locations of the larger hotel chains. But in adversity
lies opportunity and with the evolution of the Internet and the proliferation
of free websites such as Facebook and LinkedIn, there is no logical reason
that hotels (and all travel suppliers) should pay any fees in order to reach
and conduct business with Internet-savvy consumers.
AboutAnywhere.com has already received requests from hotel executives and
owners in various areas of the world -- from major ski resorts in Colorado to
small youth hostels in Jaipur, India. "When we started this business, our
intention was always to create the world's first free online marketplace for
travel," says Ashwin Kamlani, CEO of AboutAnywhere.com. "The current economic
climate should encourage hotels and hotel companies to reach out to us. We
are working hard to grow traffic and bookings to every single destination that
we cover. Those hotels that build their profiles early will get the most
benefit. The beauty of this model is that smaller, boutique hotels that
cannot afford to work with the OTAs will be more than happy to work with us
since we do not cut into their revenue, and we will have truly global
The process is simple. Interested hotel representatives should go to
www.AboutAnywhere.com, find the geographical location of their hotels and
click on "Create a FREE Profile For Your Hotel" found on the bottom left
corner of the page. Self-explanatory instructions will become available and
upon a qualifying call from a member of the AboutAnywhere.com team, the
profile should be up on the site within a matter of days. Hotels will be able
to update any portion of their profile at their leisure.
The team at AboutAnywhere.com has opened the door for every hotel in
every corner of the world to take control of their livelihood and financial
bottom lines. Whether working with an 8-figure operating budget or a 4-figure
one; or whether located on a rural side street, or in the middle of a
skyscraper- saturated metropolis -- all hotels are encouraged to take part in
and support this revolutionary effort. An effort that may be the catalyst to
end commission-based online distribution.
About the Company: AboutAnywhere.com, founded by Morten Sondergaard,
operates the world's first and only free online distribution network for the
hotel industry. Ashwin Kamlani, formerly Global VP of Distribution with Sol
Melia Hotels & Resorts, was selected as CEO of AboutAnywhere.com in March 2008
and is based in the Company's Miami office.
For further information:
For further information: Jenny Pimentel of AboutAnywhere.com,
1-800-805-2653, Jenny.Pimentel@AboutAnywhere.com Web Site: