Hotel loyalty programmes have been around now for 35 years. Holiday Inns introduced the first programme way back in February 1983, had a brief change of mind in 1986, and then reinstated it.
Marriott introduced theirs in November 1983, and can therefore claim to have the longest continuously running programme. Nowadays, virtually everybody in the business, from budget hotel chains to elite luxury brands, are fighting to win your loyalty.
Hotel loyalty programmes have been around now for 35 years. Holiday Inns introduced the first programme way back in February 1983, had a brief change of mind in 1986, and then reinstated it.
This is the third in a series of posts taking a broad view of the value you can unlock when booking hotels.
Part 3: Added value for the finance function
Roomex enables you to reduce hotel costs – savings that go straight to your company’s bottom line. Which is already great news for company finances – but it’s just the start.
The issue of duty of care and business travel was given an airing at The Business Travel Conference 2017.
One of the reasons why it is never a good idea for employees to self-serve for hotel accommodation, or for you to book a hotel on their behalf with a hotel you know nothing about, is their personal security. Here’s why...
This is the second in a series of posts taking a broad view of the value you can unlock when booking hotels.
Part 2: Added value for the procurement function
Hotels are a spend category that has gone unmanaged and uncontrolled for many years. This has been the case for a number of reasons, but the main one has simply been that with digitalisation, it seemed very difficult for procurement officers to squeeze any additional value out of hotels. What is the point of negotiating corporate deals when anyone can go online and get a better deal on hotel booking sites?
This is the first in a series of posts that will set out the ‘hidden value’ of booking hotels via Roomex.com
Part 1: Added value for the hotel booker
There has been a lot of discussion in the media recently about whether it is best to book hotels via online sites or simply to go directly to the hotels themselves.
Roomex attributes its growth to unprecedented demand from major corporate clients.
Unmanaged hotel spend also exposes finance professionals to compliance risk.
It’s getting to that time of year again when things start getting a little out of control.
I learned about the travel business in my very first job – in my father’s travel company. Since then I have worked for global IT companies, a leading European event's organiser, and an international recruitment company. These jobs have all involved a lot of international travel, which has its perks but is nowhere near as glamorous as you might think. In fact, as you progress in your career it becomes a chore, especially if your spouse also has to travel and you have a young family at home. At that stage the one luxury that you really value is a good night’s sleep – but you cannot even take this for granted.
Most companies are au fait with the idea that December is not the most productive time of the year for staff, therefore it's generally the best time to arrange a rewarding incentive trip or party (usually in the form of a Christmas getaway) for employees.
He is one of the most infamous names in the stockbroking business, widely known for his controversial lifestyle while at the helm of one of the most dynamic and successful sales organisations on Wall Street.
So, you’re the high-flying international jetsetter.
Picture this: It's Monday morning. There are 94 emails in your inbox. You have four meetings scheduled before 2pm, a conference call, board report notes to prep and the unenviable task of booking flights and hotels, within a tight budget, for three C-level executives for an international conference before close of day.
You might just about drown in your coffee cup.
One of the recurring issues with business travellers is keeping tabs on spending and ensuring everybody adheres to your company’s travel policy. Nobody wants to be heavy handed in dishing out reprisals for out of policy bookings. So what’s the alternative?
Bleisure—business and leisure—might be the buzzword of the moment, but travelling for work isn’t always easy.
Travelling for work can have quite a few perks, but it also presents its own set of challenges. Top of the list: staying productive while in transit. Life doesn’t stop while you’re away from your desk and the best way to keep up is to make time on the road. All too often, business travellers mentally check out as soon as they check in at the airport. But instead of writing off the pre-boarding process as a black hole for productivity, make the most of that free time and check a few things off your to-do list. Here’s how.
Quick question: Would you say that airport executive lounges are a purely functional paradigm, aimed at maximising the performance and efficiency of the travelling business person? Or are they a license for luxury, a status-symbol and a reward scheme wrapped up in one?
We’re almost halfway through 2017.
Take a moment for that to sink in.
We’ve all had that sinking feeling when a hotel we were looking at suddenly shoots up in price just as we decide to take the plunge and book it. But if you’re booking accommodation for hundreds or even thousands of business trips every year in your company, that’s more than an annoyance – it’s a very expensive problem.
Remember how business trips used to be, back in the glory days of the Mad Men era? When “going on a jolly” meant charging all kinds of excesses to the company card, flashing any amount of cash to win a client, and frugality was a dirty word?
Roomex, the leading corporate hotel booking service, has announced a partnership with QHotels which will bring live availability and competitive rates to the platform from May 1 2017.
Roomex make booking hotels for business easy. Discover just how simple, user friendly and feature packed the platform is in this demo video. No wonder leading businesses all over the world book with Roomex.
Boutique hotels and franchise are remarkably different business models despite effectively offering and identical service. The boutique hotel is predicated on freedom and flexibility, the opportunity for adventure and the chance to experience a different (often, more personalised) mode of hospitality to what you may typically expect. Franchise hotels offer something almost diametrically opposed to this philosophy. They are presented as a known-quantity, with a high standard of luxury and service which can be replicated the world over. With this, the customer can feel a sense of familiarity and as if the hotel is a home-from-home, thousands of miles away.
Frequent flyer rewards packages have become a major staple of the aviation industry and an important method for airlines to encourage loyalty in the customer. As well as discounted flights and seat upgrades, the fashion for additional perks and incentives has led to increased competition between these rewards programmes to offer the greatest benefits.
Watch how Office Managers are solving their hotel booking ‘facepalm’ moments.
Roomex wins hat-trick of awards
Are you a CFO having recurring nightmares about outdated hotel booking practices? Are your travel policies ignored, wrong hotel, wrong budgets, multiple and missing receipts, duty of care issues…the headaches mount up. Watch our video and discover the the cure for all hotel booking related nightmares…Roomex!
Economies of scale state the more you buy of something, the more you save on each individual unit. The same principle can be applied when block booking hotel rooms, particularly when those numbers run to hundreds, even thousands, annually.
Cork seems an unlikely location for proxy battle over budget airline flights and fares.
However when Norwegian Air and WOW Air announced plans to fly from Cork to Boston within weeks of each other that’s how it appeared - at least to the casual observer. While historically the city has been a safe harbour for ships it’s looking pretty alluring to the aviation industry.
When you’re one half of a couple, frequent business travel can take its toll on your relationship.
The great and the good of the Irish Internet community gathered last Friday night in the RDS for the annual showpiece of the industry calendar, the Dot IE Net Visionary Awards 2016. Awards were made across 16 individual categories.
Dublin, Ireland 28 September 2016
The continued success of our online corporate hotel booking platform means that Roomex is now recruiting more than ever across all areas of the business. Having grown from 12 to 30 people in the last 18 months, the Company continues to look for more people and is expected to take on another 20 people in the coming months.
"It is hopeless for the occasional visitor to try to keep up with Chicago. She outgrows his prophecies faster than he can make them." Mark Twain
Chicago, on Lake Michigan in Illinois, is a bustling, dynamic contemporary business center and one of the largest and most cosmopolitan cities in the U.S. Renowned for its bold architecture, the skyline rivals Manhattan with its densely packed skyscrapers; most notably, the iconic John Hancock Center. The city is home to many industries, most notably: auto manufacturing, bio-tech, fintech and food manufacturing.
If your business travels send you to Rome, thank the Pope, thank the gods - thank whomever - because you are in for a cultural feast such as few cities can boast. Paris? Un petit peu. London? Tip top. But Rome? Fasten your seatbelts because you are in for a rollicking good ride after your business is done for the day.
Copenhagen is a business destination that you won’t forget in a hurry. Dreamy spires line the skies, and cyclists pelt down the streets. In-between the cafes and cobbles you’ll find design shops, galleries and smartly dressed Danes.
As the de facto capital of the EU and home to its three main institutions, Brussels is a major international political hub. It’s also a leading destination for corporate events, with tens of conferences, seminars and public forums taking place across the city each month.
Planning to visit Amsterdam for business any time soon? Before you head over to this culturally-rich European city, find out how to make the most of your trip with some key pointers on how to get around, what to discover in the city, and some of the best unexpected treats around Amsterdam.
We were absolutely thrilled to be presented with the Industry Innovator
award at the Travel Media Gala ceremony at The Westbury Hotel, Dublin, last
week. The awards, sponsored by Amadeus and Blue Insurance, have been running
for over four years now. Trish O'Leary of Amadeus, when presenting the
award, recognised the major 'pivot' made by Roomex in 2013 when it moved
into the corporate travel space. Also acknowledged was the speed of
technology development, disruption and 'the easier' way in which to book
hotels for business travel. Roomex has now become a key player in the UK and
Irish markets and continues to grow rapidly. Our CEO, Jack Donaghy, was
delighted with the award: "I would just like to pay huge tribute to every
single member of the Roomex Team, both in Ireland and The UK - they continue
to go against the grain, innovate and put their shoulders to the wheel every
single day, well done everyone!"
Are you visiting Paris for the Intermat conference from 23rd-28th April? Don’t want to waste the opportunity to experience the highlights of one of the world’s most iconic cities? We’ve rounded up the best places that will fit around your busy schedule.
In Barca on Business? Here’s How to Squeeze in the Best of the City in Your Spare Hours...
Want to see a little more of this incredible city than in the inside of a conference hall, some main drag tourist tat and your hotel bar?
Well – you’re in luck. We’ve pulled together the very best, off-the-beaten-track highlights to help you make your spare time in the city as great as it can be.
What to do at Berlin’s #appsworld
Since opening its doors to the world since the fall of the wall, Berlin has become a bustling, cosmopolitan and hugely popular destination for business and leisure travellers alike. It’s no coincidence that a city with such historical and cultural significance should become a key exhibition hub for industries to showcase their innovations. Few cities in the world have the unique mix of the old and the new with such a vast amount of iconic landmarks and things to do and see if your schedule allows you the time.
Apps World (April 20th-21st) is next up on the events calendar.
Roomex, the online hotel booking platform for business travel, is launching a brand new hotel booking engine on Wednesday at the London Business Travel Show 2016. Roomex offers corporate rates at over 550,000 hotels worldwide and has saved its clients on average 21% against BAR in the last 12 months. The new booking platform will build on developments in 2015 and result in an even faster and easier booking process.
Roomex now has offices and local staff throughout all of Ireland and The UK. Our two central offices are in Dublin and London, but we now also have Roomex staff on the ground locally. If at any stage you would like to see or talk about Roomex, and how it can save your business time and money, please don't hesitate to 'Request a Demo' at the top of this page. Our initial demo takes about 15 minutes to do online over the phone, but we're more than happy to come our and meet with you too. And, since we have no set up fees or contracts, there's no pressure to buy, we're happy for you to just try it !
Another year over and we're delighted to say that 2015 has been our best year ever. We have grown our presence in the Irish and UK markets, created some wonderful new alliances with hotels, added new clients, team members and technology to make our service the best it has ever been.
One of the biggest benefits of using Roomex for Business is that we provide instant visibility on total hotel spend... and savings ! This allows senior management to analyse spend based on any cost centre they wish, typically by department or project.
We've had an incredible run of awards and nominations in the last few months, here's a summary:
Many of our customers travel regularly to the same locations and indeed to the same hotels and therefore will have entrusted Roomex to ensure that they get the best possible rate each time they visit. This raises the question as to whether Roomex should negotiate a fixed rate at a hotel for you?
Roomex, the leading corporate hotel booking service, today announced a major service upgrade which will lead to vastly improved booking speeds. “One minute bookings are now very much the reality” says Jack Donaghy, CEO at Roomex. “For many months, our corporate clients have been able to save their most frequently visited locations, key hotels, contact information and even company cost codes as part of their booking process.
Roomex recently exhibited at The Construction Industry Federation Annual Conference in the Aviva Stadium in October. As exhibitors we networked with key decision makers from all areas of the construction and engineering industries. Throughout the day a genuine feeling that a sustainable and robust recovery of Irish construction activity has begun pervaded the event.
An estimated 400 delegates attended this week’s National Manufacturing & Supply Chain Conference and Exhibition in the Aviva Stadium. The sold-out signs were posted on the event website in the lead-up to the conference and it was standing room only in a packed exhibition suite. The event was ably chaired by Sean Gallagher of Dragon’s Den fame who ensured a fast pace was maintained throughout.
Jack our CEO and Michael our Sales Director recently joined top travel buyers and suppliers from Ireland and Britain who gathered in Dublin to participate in the inaugural Irish edition of the Buying Business Travel Forum. The event was billed as a half-day session for everyone responsible for controlling business travel expenditure and the discussion was frank and informative throughout.
Recent rises and falls in business sentiment have been reflected in the amount of business related travel being carried out by company executives. As the recession bit, and costs were cut, approval for business related travel was slashed across all industries but recent reports suggest this reactionary policy was a mistake. The US Travel Association’s 2013 “Travel Effect” report detailed statistical modelling carried out over 18 years and 14 industries which indicates that for every dollar spent on business travel, US companies have experienced a $9.50 return in terms of revenue.
Roomex is Ireland’s fastest growing corporate hotel booking agency. Its online Roomex for Business platform now manages hotel bookings for over 100 Irish Businesses and Organisations, including Dairygold, Kepak, Musgrave Group, Sisk Group, Topaz and many more.
Roomex has agreed to sponsor the inaugural Food & Drink Business Conference and Exhibition which takes place in the Aviva Stadium in September. The conference aims to focus the minds of those present as the food and beverage industry in Ireland is entering into a phase of substantial growth and investment. It is vital that any investment undertaken is made on a sustainable basis which addresses the needs of a growing national and international population.
Sisk Group has been working with Roomex for Business for over 2 years now and it has completely transformed our hotel booking process. Previously - we received 60-70 invoices a month from hotels all over Europe; now we receive just one! Plus, the one invoice we do receive includes line by line detail of every hotel booking, by guest, already allocated to its appropriate cost centre as Roomex has built this into the booking process. We also have access to live reporting, save considerably on our spend and can ring Roomex if ever we need help looking for hotels. I have no hesitation in recommending Roomex, it not only saves us time and money but it gives us complete visibility and control.
Irish Business travel is increasing rapidly, as illustrated by new figures released today by the Dublin based Corporate Online Hotel Booking Agency, Roomex.
The end of year awards season is firmly upon us and we’ve had a busy couple of weeks at Roomex. Matt, our Director of Contracting attended the Eircom Spiders awards in the Convention Centre Dublin and the very next night Michael, Sales Director was in the same venue for the Irish Export Awards.
Roomex.com, the Dublin based online hotel booking agency, has, this week, secured a new 12 month contract with Musgrave Group. Roomex has been working primarily in the Irish market for 7 years now, with over 550,000 hotels on their portfolio. In 2012, due to demand from large corporate clients to create private hotel booking portals with access to corporate rates, Roomex moved its focus entirely to its ‘Roomex for Business’ platform.
Exhilarating, inspiring, exhausting, profitable, incredible, enormous, crazy. Just some of the adjectives we used to describe this year’s Dublin Web Summit which Roomex attended on all three days. The record 22,000 delegates held 10,000 face to face meetings fuelled by over 100,000 cups of coffee served by Nespresso alone. Not bad for an event that only started four years ago with 400 attendees. Oh, and the Wi-Fi wasn’t great.