protel and Google Hotel Ads Integration

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What is Google Hotel Ads?

Google Hotel Ads is an advertising platform that displays hotel prices and availabilities from multiple sources, which gives travelers a choice to compare and to chose the best offer. With Google Hotel Ads, you – as a hotel owner will have the opportunity to compete directly and advertise your rates alongside the OTAs.

Google Hotel Ads lists a preview of hotels on the search results and allows travelers to read hotel information, see the pictures, explore the neighborhood and read reviews. But best of all, for each property, the user can compare prices and see immediately who has the best offer: is it the hotel directly or an OTA?

How can I get my hotel listed on Google Hotel Ads?

We are proud to announce that protel is now a Google Hotel Ads integration partner. 

This offers all protel customers, the option to easily promote your own internet bookable rates on Google Hotel Ads. Moreover, the bookings generated appear automatically and can be managed directly in your PMS.

Firstly, talk to protel and, after we have configured the booking engine, you can start receiving bookings from Google.

Set it up once but welcome new guests to your hotel ​over and over! You will continue to work directly with your protel PMS, as usual.

Key benefits of utilizing Google Hotel Ads

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Get international visibility & reach a massive audience

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Millions of hotel searches are performed on Google every day

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Google Hotel Ads Connects your hotel with travellers around the world

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Pay less commission

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Save thousands of Euros compared to OTAs commissions

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Advertise powerfully ​alongside the OTAs
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You will still have option to use their services

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Grow revenue efficiently
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Pay commission on realized reservations only

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Pay only after the guest has paid you

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Upsell to higher room type and package 

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Keep the middlemen ​out​ ​of your business​ 
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Manage the reservations directly in your PMS

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Set it up ​once​, but welcome new guests to your hotel ​over and over!

Why protel?

With over 14,000 customers worldwide and over 25 years of experience in the hospitality industry, protel is one of the leading PMS providers. The protel hotel management system is the one-stop-shop for everything you need to run your single or multi-property business successfully. 

Choosing protel as your Google Hotel Ads integration partner gives you the advantages of having a fully integrated solution. 

PMS, rates, booking engine, support and payments – all operations in one place.

Thanks to the protel MARKETPLACE, integration is easy:

  1. Install Google Services from protel’s Marketplace
  2. Set up the booking engine and your internet bookable rates 
  3. Relax and enjoy the new bookings coming in

While you welcome your new guests over and over, protel continuously works for you in the background:

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protel sends all data needed to Google.

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protel manages the advertisement on Google Hotel Ads.

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protel runs the booking engine for you.

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protel PMS receives the bookings with the full guest data, including guest’s email address.

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Your guests can fully manage the reservation via protel’s guest facing Voyager app and take advantage of your special offers.

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protel offers support for the integrated products.

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protel collects commission payment from you and sends them to Google.

It’s that easy

protel brings you risk-free bookings:

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No risk: Commission is only charged when a guest actually stays at your hotel, not when they make the reservation.

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No up-front payments: only pay after the guest has checked out.

Why Should You

Move Your PMS to the Cloud?

In the past, hotel management systems were operated from servers in the hotel. They often needed a dedicated IT staff to run them, and if the server went down, then the entire hotel’s operations could be affected. But in the last few years, cloud-based hotel PMS software has been on the rise. They are a great choice for hotels of any size because they’re easy to use, quick to deploy and accessible from all devices at any time, whilst generally being more secure than the previous systems.

With a cloud-based PMS solution, you can generate more direct bookings by booking directly on your website or your Facebook page in real-time, and you can integrate with a channel manager to push your rates and availability to all connected channels. When a booking is made on a channel, it’s automatically updated on the PMS. Some cloud-based PMS’s can also help with revenue management by predicting when your property will be in demand, evaluating how profitable your hotel is, and taking into consideration your hotel’s reputation when making a recommendation about how to price your rooms.

FAQ

What is “Google Hotel Ads”?

“Google Hotel Ads” refers to Google’s advertizing platform for hotels. Prospective guests can enter their travel period, and are shown prices and availabilities from various sources. By using Google Hotel Ads, a list of hotels is displayed right on the first page of search results. The prospective guests can read through hotel information, view photos, explore the area, and read reviews.

The direct price comparison is your most powerful advantage, because your prospective guests can see where they get the best offers: directly at your hotel, or at one of the Online Travel Agencies (OTAs)?

Jump right into the fight for guests and offer your rates right at the top of the list of OTAs!

I am a protel SPE/MPE user. Can I work with Google Hotel Ads?

Yes, Google Hotel Ads can also be used in properties using protel SPE/MPE. You will require a version of protel 21.000 or later, and a version of protel Web Services 2.15, or later. If you are not yet working with these versions, please contact our Sales team at ten.letorp@selas to arrange the necessary upgrades.

What advantages does protel offer me as a Google Hotel Ads integration partner?

With protel as your Google Hotel Ads partner, you benefit from all the advantages of a fully integrated solution. protel hotel management systems offer everything you need to optimally manage your hotel – whether single or multi-property. Thanks to protel Marketplace, installing new features is now easier than ever.

protel sends all required data to Google and manages your ads on Google Hotel Ads. Your protel PMS receives your bookings with all guest data, including the guest’s email address.

What is the partnership between protel and Google?

protel is an official Google Hotel Ads integration partner.

How can I display my hotel on Google Hotels Ads?

With protel as your Google Hotel Ads integration partner, all you need to do is install the Google Services from the protel Marketplace and set up your new protel WBE lite. With just one click your ad will go live on Google and you can start receiving bookings.

Can I participate in the Google Hotel Ads program?

The requirements to be eligible for the Google Hotel Ads program have been set by Google. Currently, each property must meet the following requirements:

  • Rooms in which the paying guest can stay.
  • A fixed location that is accessible by the public.
  • Solid walls and sanitary facilities.
  • A staffed reception open during normal operating hours.
  • Minimum stay not exceeding seven days.
  • The property creates its own Google My Business page, or already has one.
What information does protel transfer to Google?

The following information is transferred to Google: Your hotel’s address (name, city, telephone number, and geographical location); rates that can be booked online including room and rate details for these rates; reservation-related information such as check-in and check-out dates, occupancy and number of rooms per reservation. 

Important: Personal information about you or your guests are not transmitted to Google. This includes email addresses, names, personal addresses, and payment details.

How can I get started?

After you have signed the digital contract, you first have to set up the new, exclusive booking engine. Only when you have completed setting up your booking engine will your ad be launched on Google Hotel Ads.

What does it cost to advertize on Google Hotel Ads?

When using Google Hotel Ads, you only pay a commission on the reservations that actually stayed at your hotel. In addition, you only pay when these reservations have checked out. You will then notice two different commission rates on your invoice: one for Google for using the platform, and a service fee for protel.

protel is your integration partner for Google Hotel Ads. For the commission that protel receives, we transfer the necessary data to Google, administer the platform, create and manage your campaigns on Google, take care of setup, usage, and support of the new WBE lite, and transfer your payments to Google so you don’t have to have any further contact with Google.

What happens to cancellations and no-shows?

If your guest does not show up or cancels their reservation, protel shares this information with Google via the monthly reservation report. Commission is then not charged for this reservation. This means that you will not incur any costs if the reservations have not been completed. 

Where are the bookings made?

Every time a guest clicks on the link to your hotel in Google Hotel Ads, they are redirected to your new protel Web Booking Engine (protel WBE lite), which we have developed specifically to meet Google’s requirements. Redirecting to another destination address is not possible. As a Google Hotel Ads customer, you will receive the WBE lite free of charge.

How much does it cost to get started with Google Hotel Ads?

Nothing. There are no activation costs. Apart from the monthly commission costs for completed reservations, there are no other fees.

Please note: if you are working with protel SPE/MPE, you may incur costs for necessary updates!

What is protel Marketplace?

protel Marketplace is our in-house app store, which is seamlessly integrated into the protel technology landscape. You can access it directly from our hotel management systems. In the protel Marketplace you will find “Ready-to-Deploy” technologies that you can install with one click and use immediately.

How do I install Google Hotel Ads?

Google Hotel Ads can be installed via protel Marketplace. All of the required configurations are created and all of the settings are automatically set correctly.

When using Google Hotel Ads, many protel modules work together. For example, Google needs hotel information, rates, price, and room descriptions from the PMS. The new protel WBE lite receives the bookings and forwards them to the PMS. The PMS in turn creates a report on this basis, which then serves as the basis for calculating the Google commission.

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