Guest Experience

The modern traveler’s definition of an exceptional stay is constantly evolving, almost as fast as new channels for engagement and communication become available. For hoteliers, it’s now more difficult to consistently provide a personalized experience that delights their guests and, ultimately, results in glowing reviews that fuel their growth.

The resources here support two key approaches for creating a modern guest experience. First, ground your strategy in a set of core principles that prioritize consistent, proactive and responsive service. Next, align your efforts to shaping and meeting expectations before, during and after each stay.

The foundation of providing a great guest experience hasn’t changed—leave the traveler feeling valued and delighted after every interaction. But experience now includes digital and in-person engagement, significantly increasing the number of touchpoints and communication channels that must be considered. From pre-stay messages to room amenities, from staff interactions to the ease of booking – hoteliers need to deliver a consistent, high-quality guest experience.

No matter how daunting, we know you’ll rise to the challenge. It is your passion for creating special moments that transforms a holiday into the trip of a lifetime—and that inspires us. That’s why we’ve assembled these guest experience resources and the insights and capabilities in Partner Central to support you. Interested in the guest communication tools available to you?

Explore them now.

FAQs

Check out this great overview video on how guest reviews work on the Expedia Group sites. Reviews will appear first on the booking website (e.g. Hotels.com or Expedia.com) and after 90 days they’ll display across all the sites in our marketplace.

Yes! Discover more about Guest Insights in this article. You’ll learn about identifying potential revenue growth opportunities from specific countries and how you can target travelers from that location with TravelAds or promotions. 

Absolutely. Tips for acknowledging guest concerns during their stay and for responding to poor reviews are both available. In-house Feedback is always private while post-stay reviews, once vetted, will be available to other travelers. Graciously acknowledging less than glowing feedback and perhaps sharing how you’ve remedied the issue will help you actively manage your online reputation.

 

We would love that.  Use these step-by-step instructions to download and use our Guest Review Widget on your site.

Our easy-to-use platform, Partner Central, will be the primary location for managing reservations, loading inventory, changing rates and keeping your listing up to date. Many partners opt to use a connectivity provider to link our systems and automatically perform daily tasks. They log in to Partner Central to leverage our more advanced tools including competitive set analysis, real-time market pricing and other marketing programs. If you have any problems, our local teams are ready to help.

Yes. Expedia Group partners have access to a suite of tools and data insights that help you develop and execute a profitable revenue management strategy. We're constantly innovating and publishing best-practice guidance to support your success.

An online travel agency (OTA) is a key part of your distribution strategy. If your goal is to reach more travelers and attract those who will be happiest at your property, an OTA can help.

At Expedia Group the breadth of our travel supply attracts travelers who are researching, planning and booking travel. They often plan far in advance, stay longer at your property and spend more. In addition to helping you fill your rooms, we provide tools and market insights to help you provide outstanding guest experiences and grow your business.

We are one of the world’s leading travel marketplaces, with an extensive brand portfolio that includes both globally recognized and locally relevant travel brands, including Expedia, Hotels.com, Orbitz, Travelocity and more. Learn more in our About Us section.

No. To keep your workload to a minimum, we automatically email the guest to confirm the reservation.

You can easily cancel a reservation on behalf of a guest in Partner Central. If a cancellation fee applies, you can charge the linked Expedia Virtual Card on the cancellation date.

Yes. The Messages tool in Partner Central allows communication with guests before they arrive and we're happy to include check-in instructions with your property listing. 

As an Expedia Group partner, you choose how you want to accept guest payments. Options include leveraging our secure payment processing to have travelers pay online when they book and charging an Expedia Group issued virtual credit card for payment at check-out. You can also have guests pay you directly at check-out and compensate Expedia Group.

To appeal to the broadest number of travelers, you can choose to offer both options and let the guests decide what's best for them.

It isn't a problem if your property doesn't accept credit cards. We'll make sure your listing communicates how you accept payment (cash, check, credit card, etc.) so travelers are prepared when they arrive. We'll confirm with you in a call to welcome you to the Expedia Group family.

In addition to providing an easy-to-use and secure experience for travelers to book your rooms, Expedia Group invests heavily in advertising, digital marketing and social media promotion to attract consumers from around the world to your market and individual property.

We are constantly mining our data for insights and emerging travel trends so we can both innovate and develop the best set of free and robust tools that enable you to grow your business. We also operate traveler and partner support centers to help solve the sticky logistical issues that inevitably arise when people set out to explore the world.