What is a Booking Engine?
We like to explain that to you: it is a piece of software that can be implemented on your own website with which you can receive direct bookings. You can think of a clear call to action button that calls a pop-up on which your offer with hotel rooms is presented. A Booking Engine is also known as a hotel booking module or online Booking System. The most important advantage of a Booking Engine is that you receive more direct bookings, these are bookings for which you do not have to pay commission costs. Do you still work with an 'old-fashioned' contact form on the website? Or should potential customers call and ask if there is still a room available? That is now a thing of the past! Thanks to our powerful Booking Engine you can continue to do your work, while customers can reserve a room without assistance. No phone calls, no requests by mail, just direct bookings without commission costs.
Benefits of a Booking Engine
Why is it important to use Hotel Booking Software? Since the year 2018, the visitors of your website (so potential guests) want to know immediately whether a room is available or not. Take a look at Booking.com, for example, if you orientate on this, you can immediately see which rooms are available on the desired dates. And, you immediately have the option to book the hotel room. Why would a visitor still call or email to ask if a hotel room is still available? Of course you can present the hotel room offer on Booking.com or Expedia, only you have to pay 15% to 20% commission on these bookings. Somewhere it is a bit of a shame, because you do not have to pay anything when you get a direct booking. With the Booking Engine from RoomRaccoon you can present exactly the same offer on your own website. Visitors can then directly book a room on the dates they have selected.
How does our Booking Engine work?
You can actually see a Booking Engine as a separate webpage that shows the room availability of your hotel or bed & breakfast. Thanks to this page you can get up to 27% more direct bookings. This page is linked to the Property Management System and can be opened via a URL or a nice call to action button from your website. You can completely customize the page of the Booking Engine the way you want it. Easily and quickly add the logo of your accommodation and adjust the colors as you wish. It is also important to add as many photos as possible of the room in question and these must also be of good quality. It is also possible to link the Booking Engine to the Google My Business page of your hotel or bed & breakfast. Also from Facebook there are several possibilities to load the Booking Engine page. Opportunities enough with our user-friendly Booking Engine.
Packages and nice extras
Within the Property Management System it is possible to create special arrangements. These can then be made visible (and bookable) in the Booking Engine. This is also a smart tactic to achieve more sales. For example, you can combine an overnight stay with a three-course dinner or a delicious wine package. Do you have problems with the different VAT rates within a package? No problem, with our Hotel Software you can adjust these rates per part. Within RoomRaccoon you can also easily setup extras, for example a bottle of Prosecco, a parking space, breakfast in bed or booking a baby cot. Or of course you can come up with a nice extra by yourself. Because potential guests can book these extras directly, you can save a lot of time. They do not have to contact you by e-mail or telephone. Just think about how much time you can save by making use of these options directly in the Booking Engine.
More direct bookings!
A booking engine is the way to get more direct bookings through your own website. No more old-fashioned web forms, just a direct insight into your room availability.
No more commission costs
With our booking module, you no longer have to pay commission fees to Booking.com or Expedia. All bookings that arrive via the booking module via your website are free of commission.
A direct link with the PMS
When a customer books a room through the booking module, this is adjusted real-time in the Property Management System. This is then directly applied to the external booking channels.
Create your own arrangements
An ideal way to get more sales, for example make an arrangement for a whole weekend. Or combine a number of nights with a dinner or delicious wine arrangement.