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Fire up the Globa.li “Combinator”

Have you ever been contacted by one of your top clients wanting to book a customized exotic luxury trip for her family of five to East Africa during high season? And they want to leave in less than a month?

On the one hand, amazing! A $30,000 booking just fell in your lap! But you have to move fast and the idea of being able to pull this together in enough time for your clients seems pretty daunting.

So where do you start? You obviously have dates and places these people want to visit, but how will you ever find out what hotels have inventory during high season? Forget it, this may be an impossible feat.

The team at Globa.li isn’t a stranger to these issues. Co-founders Sarah and Maisa have worked for years watching tour operators, hotels and travel agents scramble and work long hours, puzzle-piecing complicated FIT itineraries together. They knew there had to be a better way.

Globa.li was created specifically for these types of trips. Thanks to the platform’s patented multi-hotel search process, booking agents have a much simpler and faster method to view availability, quote SPECIFIC hotels and book these special hotels online.

Globa.li allows agents to search for hotels with availability in multiple regions, cities, hotels…the works, all in a combined space. Additionally, it provides an easy marketplace for agents, operators and DMC’s to connect to hotels, all while maintaining valued distribution channels.

Now, instead of travel companies having to call or email hotels directly or checking a number of random URLs and websites, agents can view ALL hotel availability in one place. And since it’s Globa.li, it is the best of the best inventory.  We are currently testing the “Globa.li Combinator” in Africa and will be rolling out in Latin America very soon.

We are thrilled to share this groundbreaking technology and would love to hear from you.  Tell us what you think!

We welcome hotels and travel agents, tour operators, travel wholesalers to sign up for a FREE.

Globa.li’s Special Places: Delta Camp

Where: The world-famous Okavango Delta is the home of this Globa.li Special Place- Delta Camp is set on the Boro and Metsematsweu channels of the Okavango. What differentiates this place is their personalized safari experience and unique offerings. The Okavango Delta is the largest inland delta in the world where “dry land and wetland species cohabit, creating unique and startling associations of plants, amphibians, birds, mammals and reptiles.” Big game is also found in the area, depending on water levels, such as elephant, leopard, cape buffalo, wildebeast, hippo and crocodile. We can thank the hippo for their engineering of the water-ways through the thick marsh and flood-plains.

What: Delta Camp offers twice-daily walking safaris and mokoro (handmade dugout canoes) excursions through the Moremi Game Reserve. Your comfortable chalet is en suite with hot and cold running water, a shower with a view, multiple areas in which to relax, mosquito netting and solar-powered electric lighting. You will not go hungry here. You can look forward to 4 meals a day – early breakfast before the morning drives, huge brunch, mid afternoon tea before the afternoon water excursions, and magnificent dinners flanked by cocktails and after-dinner drinks around the bonfire. And of course, we can’t forget the “sundowners” which is African cocktail hour held enroute during the afternoon excursions as the sun is setting on the Delta. Can you say spoiled?

Who: What makes your experience unique is the one-on-one approach of having your own private guide independent of other guests. You get to plan your day and don’t have to fit into a set schedule while at Delta Camp. These guides have a lifetime of experience living in the Okavango Delta and are well known for having eyes like a hawk or should we say African Eagle? Your guide will accompany you on all your excursions and introduce you to the dynamic ecosystems of the Okavango. Another offering that makes Delta Camp a Globa.li Special Place is the opportunity for a 2-8 night extended, fully serviced and catered camping expedition by dug-out into the further reaches of the Okavango. Imagine feeling like you are in the middle of nowhere but with plenty of pampering from guides and camp hands? If you would rather stay closer to the lodge, you can’t top the Delta Camp treehouse. Pun intended!

Tech fatigue in travel.

Most boutique hotels survive on about 40% occupancy. While we know this to be true in places like Africa and Latin America, I’ve been surprised to learn when citing this statistic in Telluride, Colorado (where we’re participating in a fantastic accelerator program) the immediate response from any local is, “yep and that is the same here in Telluride.”

I can’t think of many other industries where 40% would be considered great. Except maybe predicting the weather and venture capital (ha!).

The fact is this is a LOT of empty hotel beds sitting empty every night across the globe. We are sitting on the edge of massive innovation in travel distribution. While large hotel chains become more sophisticated and dialed into big data trends, it’s almost as if the boutique hotel sector of the industry are moving in completely the opposite direction.

We’re betting that the next big advance in travel technology – the advance that is going to drive the next billion dollars – isn’t highly sophisticated technology. It’s stupidly simple and focused on selling the 60% of boutique hotel rooms sitting empty each night. This is just way too much money being left on the table to avoid focus for much longer.

What do you think is the future of travel technology for boutique hotels? Leave a comment or let us know what you think on Twitter (@askglobali.)

And boutique hotels… apply for a Beta invite for Globa.li today. Globa.li helps you manage reservations, connect with trade partners, increase occupancy and be more efficient. Net result? We’ll help you fill those empty beds.