Earlier this week TripAdvisor released a major study into the average “bubble” rankings awarded by guests in hotels and B&B’s around the world (they analysed millions of traveller ratings given to hotel and B&B properties on TripAdvisor over the last ten years in 15 major tourism markets). The results are interesting and they tell us one thing very clearly: independent hotels and B&B’s in the UK are some of the best in the world, and

It’s June, and although the weather hasn’t yet got the memo the summer is upon us, so for many independent property owners it’s a very busy time! So this month we’re talking to a variety of experts about taking advantage of the peak season. Firstly we spoke to Jane Sandy, our senior revenue manager, about how to maximise your revenue and occupancy in the busy months. Meanwhile at the Expedia offices we caught up with

  A long time ago, in a land not so far, far away, began a tradition of story-telling, poetry and music- making in Wales which lives on to this day – and is a source of national pride and identity. It is demonstrated at the National Eisteddfod, which as well as being a competition of prose, music and poetry, is also a wider celebration of Welsh achievements. Awards don’t just cover the written and spoken

In last week’s referendum the UK made the momentous decision to leave the European Union. This decision was in line with our recent poll of over 1,000 independent UK properties who were 56/44 in favour of leaving. However, Brexit has had immediate consequences for the economy and the government. David Cameron has resigned, Nicola Sturgeon is calling for another referendum in Scotland and the pound has slumped to 30 year lows against the dollar and fallen

Often we hear from independent properties that they are not on review sites like TripAdvisor because negative reviews damage their business. But research shows it’s actually more damaging not being on these sites. Not only do TripAdvisor have 280 million unique visitors a month to take advantage of, but their reviews generated £2bn in visitor spending in the UK 2014. Research conducted on behalf of TripAdvisor found that 400,000 trips to the UK were made