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Factors That Influence A Hotel Booking Engine’s Cost

If you already have not, eventually like other hotel owners you will need to invest in an online Booking Engine for your business. They help to make booking more organised and easy and are a centralised system that offers global access to all types of reservations. The biggest benefit is that you can go in for 24/7 booking as it is an automated process and it manages the inventory.

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It is well worth the initial investment cost. However, there are number of factors that influence your online hotel booking engine’s cost. These include the following:

You business model: Business owners have the option of either opting for a monthly subscription or on a commission basis to use the software. It could wither be a percentage of every booking made or a flat fee depending on what business model you opt for. For new businesses just starting out with a tight budget the monthly subscription is a better offer to choose.


Many online booking engine companies that provide the option of monthly subscriptions have a tier pricing mechanism in place. This is based on the number of rooms on your property that you will offer bookings for. The greater the number of rooms the higher will be the subscription costs. That is simply because the bigger you property the more is to be managed by the booking system.

No of people accessing the booking engine:

Some companies base their prices upon the number of users that will have access to the booking engine. For every additional user given access you will need to pay more. That is why when you choose a booking engine it should offer the facility to set up different roles for users. All of the features need not be accessible to all and it should be restricted to the user’s role in using the software. E.g. the front desk does not need to have access to all of the account reports.

Channels available:

If the booking engine you opt for offers a all-in-one business solution it will offer two models:

Plug and play:

In this you need to pay a fixed sum to get instant access to the channel manager. You will not need to pay every time you link the inventory to the other channels, the channel manager connects with. Everything is included in the fee.

Add on:

In this system there a fee is charged whenever you want to connect your inventory to the channel manager. It is expensive in the long term.

Of the two models the Plug and Play is the most cost-effective system to use for a hotel business.

Support offered:

As the booking engine is the lifeline of your business the company that you choose to opt for should be reliable and offer 24/7 backend support. Enquire at the onset if they will charge for training staff and the setup. As a norm most do not charge any fee.

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