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Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Brunei: a majestic kingdom of rich experiences

Offering a unique blend of modern refinement, scenic allure, culture, and heritage, Brunei is a majestic kingdom of unexpected treasures. With such richness, it is no doubt that Brunei is a distinctive and exciting travel destination in Southeast Asia.

Brunei Tourism is working to market its undiscovered tourism potential in the extremely competitive global tourism market. It is with a clear and recent strategy of increased expert staff in conjunction with implementation of that Brunei Tourism is beginning to create its identity as a chosen destination.

Having adopted .travel in all of its promotional materials, advertisements, trade fair booths, and means of communication, such as email and business cards, Brunei Tourism is 100% branded with .travel. It is with this web presence that Brunei Tourism witnessed significant results in search engines and with increased numbers of visitors to its website upon launching a few years ago.

When asked about the benefits of marketing with .travel, a Brunei Tourism representative stated, “Having a .travel domain represents a convenient and easy way to identify genuine travel entities. It should be a must for those in the industry to adopt the .travel domain name.”

With the Internet growing by the minute, .travel gives Brunei Tourism a certain recognition; it makes it easier to be found among the millions of sites on the Internet.

To learn more about the Green Heart of Borneo and see for yourself the "Kingdom of Unexpected Treasures," visit,

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No cookie cutters: Design your dream vacation with Great Getaways

Let’s face it: Cookie-cutter vacations are great if you’re a cookie cutter. At Great Getaways,, we design honest-to-goodness dream vacations. And because our clients around the world have trusted us with spinning their travel fantasies into reality for 22 years, we take great care in doing what we do best: collaborating with your desires, and taking them to the highest level of perfection.

The Back Story.

Barbara King founded Great Getaways Travel in 1992 as a concierge-style boutique travel company. Having traveled the world, King understood the need for knowledgeable, professional advisors. The first agency in the metropolitan Kansas City area to be invited to join Virtuoso, in April, 1996, King has held steadfast to the mission of creating unparalleled life experiential vacations for her clients.

Great Getaways Travel consistently ranks as one of the area’s top agencies and is the only one whose entire focus is on vacations and leisure travel. In recent years Great Getaways has ranked in the Top 100 Fastest Growing Companies in KC, most recently at #67; King has been honored as one of the Top 100 Kansas Citians; and Great Getaways was inducted into the prestigious 25 Under 25, as a top company with under 25 employees.


Want to swim with sharks on the Tahitian island of Moorea or try dog-sledding on an Alaskan glacier? Perhaps you’re looking for tranquility and inner peace in Hawaii? Maybe you want an exceptional family-bonding Villa vacation? A Mediterranean cruise? Or perhaps you want to experience suborbital gravity miles above the Earth?

Whatever your personal travel desire, however far from home you wish to wander, whatever sights, sounds, vistas, and cultures you want to experience, Great Getaways is dedicated to making it happen. Our award-winning travel specialists are recognized both nationally and internationally as destination and interest experts.

With more than a century of combined experience, our specialists are enthusiastic travelers and intrepid explorers of cities, islands, countries, oceans, and continents. Their sophisticated and rich knowledge of the current travel market ensures that you’ll be presented with a travel dossier detailing the best of the best.


Our advisors have earned numerous honors and awards such as:

• Top Travel Specialist by CONDE NAST TRAVELER

• Specialist by the Tanzania Tourism Board and South Africa Tourism Board

• Specialist by the New Zealand Tourist Board

• Specialist by the Australia Tourist Board

• Disney Destination Specialist and graduate of Disney College of Knowledge

• Millennial Travel Specialists

• Virgin Galactic’s “Accredited Space Agent” designation selling suborbital space flights


In today’s internet-savvy world, many people choose to take control of their vacation plans. And we’ve heard the less-than-enthusiastic reviews of self-planned travel: undisclosed travel times, the luxury hotel suite that was anything but luxurious, and the lackluster tour guide. While some travelers like the risk and ‘adventure’ of do-it-yourself planning, discriminating travelers who demand experiential, unique, and soul-satisfying travel like the peace of mind a specialist offers.

At Great Getaways, our travel specialists are your advocates: experienced professionals who are accountable for the time and money you are investing in your vacation. We invite you to find the Great Getaways travel specialist who will make your next vacation a life experience.

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Flamingo Sunset by Villas of Tortola: Inviting ocean views in the British Virgin Islands

The villa has a very modern appeal with Balinese-imported furniture, most of which is made from heavy teak wood of the highest quality. Pale colors and decor throughout the home pay tribute to the calmness of the sea-side setting.

Through the front door on the main level is a large open-plan living area with a kitchen, living room, and dining area. The kitchen features sparkling granite countertops and maple cabinetry with a breakfast bar and five stools. A full selection of modern appliances allows preparation of a scrumptious family-style meal to be enjoyed alfresco on the dining table on the spacious outdoor balcony.

A second indoor dining table is perfect to play board games from the selection available when not lounging on the living room sofa bonding over movie time.

To the right of the kitchen is the master suite with a king-size bed and walk-in closet with ample space for multiple suitcases and a variety of outfits. The en suite bathroom comprises a large Jacuzzi and double sinks with tasteful contemporary decor. In the corner of the room is an office desk and out on the private balcony are two rocking chairs looking out to sea.

The second bedroom affords a private balcony harboring rocking chairs and a cozy king-size bed. Its en suite bathroom features an intriguing stone sink basin, imported from Bali using their own local granite.

On the lower level, two bedrooms each with two twin beds that can be converted into a king, have en suite bathrooms and direct access to the patio and 30-foot pool – ideal for those who enjoy morning laps. This level sits a second outdoor dining table and a gas grill for barbecues. Enjoy the Caribbean breezes with the fully screened floor to ceiling sliding doors, or take advantage of the air-conditioning throughout the villa.

Surrounding the property are meticulously maintained gardens with an array of exotic trees including tropical palms, mango, banana, and cedar. Magenta bougainvillea, hibiscus flowers, and ferns are complemented by the multi-toned blue water creating colorful tropical surroundings.

Flamingo Sunset is named after the two most astonishing sights to witness from its pristine location: flamingos in the salt pond below the Belmont Peak, and spectacular sunsets of whipped pink, orange, and purple tones setting between Great Tobago and Jost Van Dyke.

Below, Smugglers Cove is a hidden gem – just a five-minute drive away, the white sand beach is a peaceful National Park lined with palm trees and unknown to most visitors.

Even closer and visible from the villa is Long Bay beach with a mile-long shore and two dining options. Along the coast heading north, more restaurants can be found at Apple Bay, a local community with a renowned surfing beach and the infamous Bomba Shack, home of the full moon parties.

Conveniently located 10 minutes from the home is Soper’s Hole Marina where you will find the West End Ferry Terminal with day trips to Jost Van Dyke, along with a variety of shops, services, and restaurants.

New as a rental to Villas of Tortola’s portfolio, Flamingo Sunset invites you to come, stay, and make yourselves at home.

For more information, contact: Sam Pierce,

6-day seminar in Crete, Greece: Discovering Crete's cultural, culinary and natural wonders

Crete's Culinary Sanctuaries Educational Network in partnership with The Center for Responsible Travel is organizing a unique program in Crete: Discovering Crete's Cultural, Culinary and Natural Wonders, July 10-16, 2017. Join resident specialists on an extraordinary adventure exploring archaeological sites, museums, nature reserves, organic farms/heirloom seed saving initiatives, vineyards, fishing ports, artisan food works, and traditional tavernas. Enjoy stunning vistas, excellent cuisine and wine with many people working on action programs to celebrate and protect Crete's heritage. Stay in beautifully restored locally owned lodging in historic villages. Space is limited to only 20 people. Registration deadline April 12, 2017.

Program Organizers:

Crete's Culinary Sanctuaries (CCS) “School without Walls,” is an award-winning program for best practices in Responsible Travel/Sustainable Travel. CCS was founded in 1997 by Nikki Rose, a Greek American professional chef, writer and seminar director living in Crete, to help provide tangible support to residents working on action programs to protect their cultural and natural heritage. Teachers in the CCS Network include archaeologists, botanists, musicians, chefs, fishers, organic farmers-seed savers, vintners, and community-based tourism practitioners. CCS organizes a range of dynamic programs for culture-nature enthusiasts, and accredited study tours for academic institutions and professionals. Rose’s book, "Crete: The Roots of the Mediterranean Diet," highlights her decades of work in Crete.

Rose/CCS has received awards from National Geographic, the United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity, the UN-World Tourism Forum for Peace and Sustainable Development, World Travel and Tourism Council, and is featured in National Geographic, NPR, WSJ, NYT, Lonely Planet, Archaeology Magazine, Australian Gourmet Traveller, TV New Zealand, and O'Globo Brasil.

The Center for Responsible Travel (CREST) is a unique policy-oriented research organization with the mission to promote responsible tourism policies and practices so that local communities may thrive and steward their cultural resources and biodiversity. CREST provides interdisciplinary analysis and innovative solutions regarding critical issues confronting tourism, the world’s largest service industry.

“Through Crete’s Culinary Sanctuaries, Nikki Rose has taken great care to build an extraordinary network of local entrepreneurs and specialists, culminating in a one-of-a-kind journey for visitors interested in getting to know the heart and soul of Crete. CREST is thrilled to partner with CCS on this enriching responsible-travel opportunity.” – Samantha Hogenson, CREST Managing Director

Saturday, December 3, 2016 A brand-new web portal for New Caledonia Tourism

On September 14, New Caledonia Tourism will launch its brand-new website: . Package suggestions, calendar of events, listing of suppliers... this website, available in English, French, and Japanese will offer an engaging experience to consumers considering New Caledonia for the next holidays.

An international one stop shop

A unique and comprehensive web platform highlighting the rich and diverse tourism offering of New Caledonia: is designed to replace the many generic microsites (,, or niche and international microsites (,, currently live. The new website will offer personalized and geotargeted for all 4 key markets (Australia, New Zealand, Japan and France). Initially in French and English, it will then become available in Japanese (end of September) and Italian in 2017. The website will also offer dedicated sections to the trade and media allowing access to press releases, online image library and training program for travel agents.

An inspiration engine

Exhaustive, will contain a wealth of information on accommodation, activities and iconic places around New Caledonia and organized by themes or regions. Its rich supplier's database will jointly be fueled by the 3 provinces of New Caledonia (NCTPS, Northern Province Tourism and Destination Loyalty Islands) to reference the entire touristic offering in New Caledonia. Last but not least, to better inspire potential consumers based on key criteria such a demographic (couples, single, family...), holiday length or more specific ones such as experience or motivations (sports, relaxation, culture, seaside...), will offer strong recommendations based on consumer needs.

A practical and interactive tool

The new website will deliver a transformed web experience for users. Some of the key highlights include:

- A strong user experience for visitors to the site - with many stunning images, ease of navigation - prompting users to organically explore the site under different themes like location and interests.

- Social media connections and sharing tools are a key feature, embedded on every page, encouraging users to "like" and share with all of their friends.

- A huge volume of original and engaging content bringing "news" about New Caledonia, helping fuel that social sharing and ensuring more traffic to the site.

- Special offers and packages feature throughout the site, with the capacity to deliver more sales leads and referrals for tourism partners.

Fully responsive, the website is perfectly adaptable to smartphones and tablets.

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Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Extending travel possibilities around the world

WHL is an online booking network with a difference. It’s a global franchise with a focus on travel to destinations in the developing world and “off the beaten track.” The company originated from a project of the IFC (part of the World Bank Group), piloting this new model in the Mekong region in Asia. Unlike other global booking sites, each destination site is owned and operated by locals. As a client, you deal directly with local people; better yet, the people you book with will be there when you get to your destination.

With WHL’s mission of extending travel possibilities around the world, the adoption of .travel was a natural fit. Unlike .com, the .travel domain speaks specifically to what WHL is about, with each WHL destination site providing a wealth of local travel information and booking possibilities.
“We decided to purchase the .travel name as part of a re-branding campaign to better identify us as a travel service provider,” stated Len Cordiner, Founder and CEO of WHL, “.travel helps identify travel companies like WHL in the myriad of other companies out there.”

Since the beginning of the re-branding campaign seven years ago, WHL has used throughout all marketing materials, promotions at trade shows, and emails. The Internet reaction was tremendous. Traffic to the network rose and continues to climb steadily today. In fact, in its first year as a .travel domain, WHL was recognized as one of the Top Five Innovations in Travel by Time Magazine.

For more information about WHL, please visit .

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Cape Town Tourism uses travel web site for instant identity

Cape Town Tourism is the City of Cape Town's official regional tourism organization, responsible for destination marketing, visitor and industry services. Wanting to have an easily identifiable web domain moniker, Cape Town opted to register their tourism web site with .travel, and Cape Town Tourism has been quite successful.

Successful tourism doesn’t just boost economies – it builds pride, too. Cape Town Tourism believes in close encounters, people as the focus point of tourism, responsible living and immersion in the destinations and cultures – this is what gives tourism in Cape Town its unique energy and appeal.

Cape Town believes that tourism is built around involvement, participation, relationship, and partnership, and that it is about actively taking hands with local communities, listening to their needs and working side by side to ensure that the environment and indigenous cultures are preserved, while allowing responsible travelers to experience the holiday of a lifetime.

Cape Town Tourism prides itself in a culture of service excellence, and is committed to responsible and fair tourism and business practices. They work with and encourage the involvement of previously disadvantaged individuals, organizations, and companies in tourism in a number of ways. Cape Town Tourism supports the principles of Responsible Tourism and Fair Trade in Tourism South Africa, and is Proudly South African, passionate about Cape Town, and encourages members to adopt these principles in the operations of their businesses as well.

For more information about Cape Town, go to

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Saturday, November 26, 2016

Travel blog network brings together travelers around the globe

A travel blog network launched a few years ago that brings together travelers from all over the world. Users of are all individuals that enjoy travel and have taken advantage of the free travel blogs provided by to track and tell their travel stories.

It is becoming increasingly popular for travelers to create travel blogs and update them during their journeys - better than a postcard, more convenient than a phone call. Today’s travelers want to document their daily adventures in journal entries and pictures for their friends, family, and followers to view.

“I liked the sound of the .travel extension, and I realized that I could obtain a more attractive website with .travel,” commented co-owner of, Robert Geoghegan, “As the .travel extension says exactly what it does, ‘on the packet,' I feel it has helped us gain a foothold in an extremely competitive area.”

It is easy to join the community and get your own travel blog for free. Not only is a travel blog cost effective as compared to international phone calls or the unnecessary hassle of purchasing phone cards, but they are a great way to preserve memories. With a travel blog, you can keep a multi-media diary with photos, videos, and more to last forever.

To learn more about joining the community and starting your own personal travel blog, please visit .

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Travel in Colombia the eco and authentic way

Colombia Eco Travel provides sustainable and authentic travel experiences which educate and engage travelers in Colombia’s rich culture and diverse natural beauty while protecting local economies and promoting ecological stewardship.

We love Colombia. We love the planet. We love what we do. We've traveled Colombia in search of authentic experiences which meet our global standards for quality service, ecological stewardship and social responsibility. We collaborate with local travel outfitters and foundations to preserve Colombia's vast biodiversity, rich cultural heritage and local economies.

By having a .travel domain, we are able to really have our company name and brand shine as our web presence is extremely easy to remember as ColombiaEco.Travel.

We invite you to visit our website and if traveling to Colombia is in your future, let us create the perfect travel experience for you, with the highest level of detail and service from start to finish.

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Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Customized travel experiences in Chile

Have you ever wanted to explore another part of the world from the eyes of a native having the advantages of knowing all the great spots on and off the beaten path, but with special itineraries that meet your interests and timeline of travel?

For trips to Chile, is the answer for customized travels and experiences with emphasis on personalized, guided tours to Patagonia. Chile Nativo Travel is an expedition/excursion operator with an intimate family of staff that is both native and expert in the Patagonian region of Chile. The team deeply enjoys sharing the Chilean culture and traditions with its travelers, as well as educating all about the overwhelming array of nature provided by the region.

The key to this difference is the guide. With Chile Nativo Travel, each guide is a respectful teacher of the surroundings with special focus on the community, preservation of natural resources, and paying attention to every detail to make the journey truly an experience, not just a trip.

Founded in 2000, Chile Nativo Travel has relied almost exclusively on the Internet for the majority of its sales. Chile Nativo Travel launched its new website and decided to move its domain to .travel.
“We adopted our .travel address to reach travelers from outside of South America. .Travel gives security to overseas clients that we are an authenticated travel provider in Chile,” stated one of the original co-founders of Chile Nativo, “Also, we believe that the future trend of the Internet and search will be moving to domain names like .travel."

On the website you can find all the information you need to organize your trip along with testimonies from all corners of the globe. Included on are rave reviews that speak of amazing experiences, both educational and social, where various travelers comment on the additional attention to detail provided by the guides from the first leg of the trip to the very finale.

In addition to organizing trips to Patagonia, Chile Nativo Travel can arrange excursions to other extraordinary locations: Northern Chile and the lunar-like landscapes of the driest desert in the world, San Pedro de Atacama, rich with archeology and an active travelers dream, world-class wine tastings in the fertile central valley of Chile, and coastal tours visiting beautiful ViƱa del Mar and the historic port of Valparaiso.

If you would like to customize a trip to Chile, let design your best routes, lodging, highlights, and cultural insights. For more information, visit .

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Sri Lanka benefits from using .travel

The Sri Lanka Tourism Promotion Bureau is witnessing the benefits of using the .travel domain name with . Since its launch seven years ago, the site has received over millions of page views, with many unique, first-time visitors.

Kicking its promotional efforts into full gear with , the country joined many other popular tourist destinations and organizations in using .travel for its website and emails.

“When we were developing our website initially, we decided to use the .travel domain because it was globally accepted,” said the then Managing Director of the Sri Lanka Tourism Promotion Bureau.
In fact, the Sri Lanka Tourism website was revamped with a new look and feel in line with a new brand strategy launching that same year.

To plan your dream holiday in Sri Lanka, explore wildlife, and experience an island of small miracles, visit .

For more information on .travel, The Source for All Things Travel, visit

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Saturday, November 19, 2016

Tour company in The Netherlands opts for .travel website

When Elisabeth, of Elisabeth's Tailor Made Tours & Promotions in The Netherlands, was to set up her website, she didn't have to think too long to decide that a domain with a .travel extension was the way to go. Having a website with “.travel” in its name would provide her with instant brand recognition.

Said owner, Elisabeth, about why she chose the .travel domain for her website, “I was advised to do so, and I did not have to think about it twice because my business is all about TRAVEL.”

Elisabeth’s Tailor Made Tours offers personalized, guided tours and events relating to culture, art, history, architecture, (vintage) design & fashion, nature & gardens, science, and interesting sights in combination with sporting activities like for instance guided walks and bike tours in Amsterdam and The Netherlands in all their beauty across the shifting seasons in one or more days.

Apart from cultural and educational customized guided tours, Elisabeth’s tour company also offers art workshops in which active participation is an important aspect. Some tours even include visits of ateliers of well-known artists.

Tours are carefully planned, customized and personalized and are available in English, French, Spanish, German, Dutch, Italian, Japanese, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Turkish, Czech, Arabic, Chinese and Dutch. Elisabeth’s Tailor Made Tours also does reservations of selected unique hotels and B&B locations. Tour experiences include transportation via boat, bike taxi, coach, Vintage old timer or bus, limousine, by bike or on foot and may be designed for companies, schools, and international and private groups.

For more information about Elisabeth's Tailor Made Tours & Promotions, visit .

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Yucatan elevating its travel beauties to new levels

The Yucatan is a magical land where the past becomes the present every day. With its roots on display at Chichen Itza, Uxmal, or Ek Balam, the Mayan culture is a component of the Yucatan’s culture. With fascinating gastronomy mixing its heritage of Mayan recipes with Creole influences, the culinary exploration of its rich history is a fun way to entice your palate and brush up on your history knowledge, too.

Fusing many of the ultimately unique components of the Yucatan into its promotional efforts has been done with Formerly marketed under a .com address, the Yucatan government adopted .travel to elevate the exposure of its beauties to the end consumer. Knowing that travelers are looking for more specified information, the Yucatan government aligned its sales and branding goals in its new website.

After its launch, received a 20 percent increase in traffic to its website. “We adopted .travel because we know that today, travelers are searching on the web for specialized information,” stated Saul M. Ancona Salazar, State Secretary of Tourism Promotion. “With our site, we are seeing increasing numbers of site visits.”

With the goal of promoting, encouraging, and stimulating tourism to the Yucatan, the Yucatan Tourist Board is using .travel in all of its printed and electronic publicity.

Come lose yourself among the archaeological, marine, and culinary wonders of the Yucatan. Plan your visit at .

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Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Sweet Home Alabama calls .travel home

One of the many faces in .travel is . Alabama, known as “Sweet Home Alabama,” is one of the most beautiful areas in the Southern United States. With over 4.6 million people calling it home, Alabama is among the nation’s leaders in aerospace, education, and healthcare.

The Alabama Bureau of Tourism and Travel decided in 2007 to begin the process of switching from other top level domains to .travel, because the chance to get in early with a more respected top level domain was too good to pass up. According to Luckie & Company, “We honestly had some reservations at first about how consumers might react to a new domain. But early testing on keyword ads and other studies showed that people seemed to respond extremely well to a .travel address.”

Alabama reiterates their dedication to .travel by using .travel on all of their marketing and promotion materials, including, email, TV commercials, web banners, trade shows, and brochures. When asked about .travel’s credibility, Luckie & Company stated, “If the .travel registrars continue managing the assignment of names responsibly, it will pay off in the long-term by adding an extra level of credibility to .travel sites.”

There is no doubt that will continue their growth and expansion of tourism through .travel. If you are interested in learning more about this great state, please visit,

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Catalina Island: Southern California’s magical island

Catalina Island is a very popular tourist destination just off the coast of southern California. In an effort to make it fun and easy to plan a trip to this magical island, the owners at Catalina Island Marketing selected the TLD .travel as its preferred Catalina Island Guide Website (

"We choose .travel for many reasons, first being that we believe the .travel extension will become the Internet's standard for travel destinations," says Drew Mauck, Owner and Developer for Catalina Island Marketing.  "Our website is designed using the latest Responsive web design elements to maximize the users experience on mobile devices. More and more travelers use mobile devices to plan their vacations and while on holiday. Catalina.Travel, coupled with our Free Catalina Island Mobile App ( insures that our users enjoy the very best planning experience."

Travel.Travel is a very helpful resource for developers like Catalina Island Marketing. Travelers using the Internet will find the .travel TLD to be not only the standard for travel destinations but also the most reliable resource, lending credibility to searches and eventual planning.

Catalina Island Marketing is very proud to be working with the network to provide its users the most innovative user experience while offering them superior content.

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Online Booking Platform, Becomes Commission-Free

At the World Travel Market in London, eTN Publisher urgen Steinmetz spoke with the founders of the online booking platform,, as they announced changes to their business model. The Hague-based company will no longer charge commission from hotels and apartments, meaning that they can be registered and receive bookings completely for free.
“In our first years on the OTA market, we were charging 2% commission – much lower rate than any other booking platform” – Bidroom’s CEO, Michael Ros says. “Thanks to the lower commission, hoteliers were able to give a discount to the guests, making it beneficial for all three sides.”
The startup claims to be bringing fairness to the OTA market. They advertised their low commission rate as a stance against the bad practices of the major booking websites, like high commissions and brand hijacking. Now, has decided to give up on the traditional commission model.
“Even though our commission rate was the lowest on the market, it was still troublesome for some hoteliers to pay it upfront by purchasing Bidroom Credits, from which the commission was later deducted” – admits Casper Knieriem, CFO at “So we came up with the idea to change our business model. Commission is an outdated concept. We decided to welcome every hotel, vacation rental and B&B for free, and allow them to receive free bookings, as we continue revolutionizing the market.”
Obviously, by abandoning the commission model, the platform had to find another way to make profit. Ros and Knieriem hope the newly introduced Bidroom Plus plan will keep the company profitable. Bidroom Plus is a subscription package that is intended to help hotels get more bookings.
“Bidroom Plus is an upgrade over Bidroom Free, as it allows managers to add more information about their accommodation. With the Plus plan, their hotel or apartment gets a dedicated page on our platform, where the users can see the pictures, learn about the offered amenities, and book rooms. The dedicated page allows users to directly search for their favorite accommodation, instead of looking for any place to stay in the city they want to visit” – Ros explains.
But Bidroom Plus is much more than that. The subscribers of this plan will have their accommodation appear higher in the search results. It also enables them to connect with the channel manager software. Additionally, they can have a button leading to their own accommodation website, installed by their hotel/apartment name on Bidroom.
“It’s not a secret that people want to know as much as they can, about their accommodation, before they book it. So, often they google it, and end up on the website of one of the major OTAs, because they outbid the hotels and apartments, and appear higher in the search engine results. Once they’re there, they may decide to book, making the manager pay up to 25% commission to the platform. With the link to their website installed on, the users won’t have to google the accommodation, and this drives direct bookings” – Ros says.
With the introduction of the commission-free bookings, the platform’s website also received an upgrade, as can now be browsed in multiple languages: English, Dutch, French, Polish, and Russian.
So far, has more than 200,000 active users, and is nearing 15,000 hotels.

“Right now, with our new business model, it’s a no risk, high reward situation for accommodation managers. With the entire team in our offices in The Hague and in Cracow, we couldn’t be more excited for the things to come” – states Knieriem.

Enhance your brain power with a stay at Corinthia Hotel London

A stay at or visit to Corinthia Hotel London can boost guests’ brain power! Specially-designed food and drink offerings, guest bedroom amenities and spa treatments are offered to help guests achieve peak brain performance as part of the hotel’s Brain Power packages.

Available between November 2016 and December 2017, the exclusive Brain Power packages aligns with the hotel’s Neuroscientist in Residence program, during which time neuroscientist Dr. Tara Swart will be studying mental resilience and recovery as a major factor in achieving peak brain performance.

What we eat and drink, how we sleep and stimulate the brain through the five senses, all play a key part in creating the optimum conditions for brain power performance.

Corinthia Hotel London’s Brain Power Packages provides tailor-made experiences in three areas of the hotel:

1.     Guest Bedrooms

2.    ESPA Life at Corinthia

3.    Northall Restaurant, In-room Dining and Bassoon Bar

The Brain Power Residential Package costs from £618 (approximately US$766.13) (based on single occupancy) and includes an overnight stay in a Superior King Room, a Dinner and Breakfast from the Brain Power Menu, ESPA Mindful Massage with Yoga Nidra given in the guest room or spa and unlimited access to ESPA Life state-of-the-art facilities including the extensive Thermal Floor, Gym and unique Sleep Pods.

1. Guest Bedrooms: Seven to nine hours of good quality sleep each night is essential as this is when the brain’s glymphatic system – the waste clearance system – works.  Any disruption to this process can drop IQ by five to eight points the next day.  

2. ESPA Life: Two-hour ESPA Mindful Massage with Yoga Nidra

• Mindfulness – a mental state achieved by focusing one's awareness on the present moment, while calmly acknowledging and accepting one's feelings, thoughts and bodily sensations, used as a therapeutic technique.  This practice leads to the thickening of the pre-frontal cortex and lowers cortisol levels (the stress hormone). This is the region of the brain associated with higher functions such as awareness, concentration and decision making. There is some evidence that mindfulness can support the treatment of depression and can impact underlying day-to-day anxiety, stress and irritability.

• Yoga Nidra - a mindfulness practice - is a systematic method of training busy minds to achieve conscious relaxation.  It dissipates physical, mental and emotional tensions and consequently has a highly restorative effect on brain and body. This practice is instrumental to drive positive life changes, break habits and help super learning.

This holistic, deeply relaxing and clarifying two-hour massage works on the concept of mindfulness, focusing on both brain and body to help reduce stress and enhance focus through breathing and visualization techniques. The massage concludes with a personalized session of Yoga Nidra.  Guests awake feeling rejuvenated and refocused. This treatment can be enjoyed in the guest bedroom or spa. 

For those unable to stay at Corinthia Hotel, a day package is available:

The Brain Power Day Spa Package costs £280 (approximately US$347.35) per person and includes a two-hour Brain Power Ritual, a delicious light Lunch from the Brain Power menu in the Spa Lounge, unlimited access to the state-of-the-art facilities including the Thermal Floor and unique Sleep Pods.

This is a fast-paced and energetic treatment, perfect for refocusing busy minds, stretching tight muscles and helping to reduce tension. It incorporates bamboo sticks to massage with and promotes mind balance and positivity. The experience concludes with Pranayama breath work, skillfully guided by a Therapist.  Right- nostril breathing is proven to stimulate the left side of the brain, associated with logic and analytics. This practice enhances a positive mood and brings clarity and focus. Guests emerge energized and ready to tackle important goals.   Includes: Foot Ritual, Bamboo Joint Release Massage, Pranayama.

3. Northall Restaurant, In-room Dining and Bassoon Bar: Brains use up to 20-30% of what we eat and drink so food choices should be made that are best for the brain first.  Certain foods and drinks provide essential nutrients to nourish the brain and help create, protect and repair brain cells. Brain foods support our neurotransmitters which are the brain chemicals that control how well we learn, remember and make decisions.

What we drink and in what quantities is also crucial to brain performance. Research shows that dehydration can impair short and long-term memory functions in the brain. Even a 1-3% change in hydration levels can result in decreases in memory, concentration and decision-making power.  A menu based around neuro-nutrition will boost the health and performance of the brain.

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