At the culmination of this year’s MarketHub Asia, Hotelbeds has announced that 2020 event will head to the paradise-like island of Phuket.
The 2nd edition of MarketHub Asia is an invitation-only, three-day event taking place from Tuesday 22 to Friday 25 October in Bali, with around 300 of Hotelbeds’ most important partners from all the key source markets of Asia-Pacific and the Middle East.
Attendees this year included senior executives and decision-makers from tour operators, airlines, and loyalty and reward points schemes.
Keynote speeches from representatives from Skift, Phocuswright and Web in Travel and panel sessions focused on the event’s ‘SHIFTING FUTURES’ theme, exploring how the travel sector should react to changes and shifts in the industry in terms of key topics such as technology, the complexity of distribution, shifting consumer trends, payments and data.
If all things go according to plan, clients, partners and media will be heading back to Thailand and to its prime destination in Phuket next year.
TD reported earlier that Thailand’s tourist spots, including Phuket, experiencing a slump, especially from its biggest market – China.
In a fragmented and complex travel landscape, Hotelbeds provides over 180,000 hotels across the globe with access to high-value, complementary distribution channels that significantly increase occupancy rates and optimise RevPAR – whilst not competing with the hotelier’s direct distribution strategy.
Hotelbeds does this by offering hoteliers access to a network of over 60,000 hard-to-access B2B travel buyers such as tour operators, retail travel agents, airline websites, and loyalty schemes in over 140 source markets worldwide. These channels provide hotel partners with returning guests that book further in advance, cancel less, spend more in-destination and stay longer.
In addition to accommodation, Hotelbeds is also the world’s largest B2B seller of travel ancillaries, offering 24,000 transfer routes and 18,000 activities, as well as attractions, tickets and car hire. Operating under the ‘Beyond the Bed’ product line, it provides both hoteliers and travel distribution partners with an efficient platform and powerful tools to easily integrate and commercialise its leading portfolio of high-margin products.
The company is headquartered in Palma, Spain and employs around 5,000 employees across over 60 offices globally.