A New Online Hotel Directory targets Small to Medium-Size Hotels

25 08 2006

Directory of hotels LogoFirst of all, despite its name (Directory of Hotels.com), this site does not belong to hotels.com; it’s an independent online guide of hotels that will focus on the uniqueness of hotels that differentiate them from belonging to a hotel chain, based on the hotel “service, cuisine, character and individuality”.

According to its Director of Business Development, Tanya Colleen, the goal “is to expose the small to medium-size hotel and lesser known properties around the world.

But how? With those 2 affordable listing options:

  • Basic Listing: USD129/year
  • Featured Listing: USD348/year

Of course those 2 options include a direct link to the hotel website. Booking process remains on the hotel website.

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Besides the hotel directory, you will find a hotel blog right here, it is moderated, but anyone can post (users not registered too). I hope this blog will stay open for visitors’ comments as I have seen a lot of companies those days that opened a company blog without allowing people to comment their posts (unfortunately they totally missed the point of blogging). I won’t name them. Not in this post.

I applaud the initiative and I really hope that they will add a “uniqueness tag cloud” box as tagging has become an essential part of searching the internet these days. I would even recommend to add a “tag phrase filter” to search for more than one word at the same time.

By the way trackback for posts does not work yet but I guess they will fix it soon.

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4 responses to “A New Online Hotel Directory targets Small to Medium-Size Hotels”

28 08 2006
Guillaume (11:25:29) :

Hello there !

Congratulations for this new blog about e-travel. It’s good to see that the list of bloggers covering that particular topic is expanding.

I am sure you are still working on how to make it this site better.

May I suggest a couple of things:

1/ You should create a RSS feed and publish them on your blog clearly on the top end in order to increase the number of readers and make them aware of new posts.
2/ Your posts are anonymous. Even though the blog is written by more than one people, why don’t you sign your posts? It would make your blog more social and people could comment more easily.

All the best.

Guillaume
http://www.hotel-blogs.com

28 08 2006
Blog on travel (11:38:55) :

Hi Guillaume:

Thanks for the good advices. I appreciate them since we are still in the launching phase of the blog, still working on design.

- The RSS feed is available at http://feeds.feedburner.com/blogontravel, we will create shortcuts to the feed to facilitate the subscription later.

- We did not notice posts were not signed!! It will be fixed very soon.

Syl

28 08 2006
Hotelguru (12:32:59) :

I’d also like to say congrats and welcome to the hospitality blogosphere! Agree with Guillaume that the hosp & tourism industries definitely need more coverage. Also noticed that your tags on Technorati are not all coming through as words (a bit of code mixed in).

Best regards and good luck!

29 08 2006
Syl (21:41:53) :

Hello “hotelguru”, I know I have a problem with technorati “top tags” cloud, but the problem does not show on http://www.blogontravel.com . What kind of issue did you notice with the tags?

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