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New SpeedyBooker website to challenge OTAs and champion independents

Posted by Ben Ireland on
New SpeedyBooker website to challenge OTAs and champion independents

A new website unveiled by SpeedyBooker will help independent hotels stand out among a sea of budget properties, the accommodation booking firm says.

It lists small hotels, B&Bs, holiday lets, apartments and universities among its portfolio.

SpeedyBooker, which has been going for ten years, promises to focus on independent properties “rather than faceless chains”, offer 100% card security and one-click payments, low prices and properties “which offer a ‘real’ travelling experience and local knowledge”.

It processes more than 60,000 bookings a year through its own and partner websites, which include universityrooms.com and britainsfinest.co.uk.

Founder Charlie Ramsay said: “The launch is not just of a shiny new website; it also stresses the beginning of our reinvigorated quest to give independent properties the marketing platform they deserve, at a price they can afford.

“With the large online travel agents (OTAs) it’s difficult for independents to stand out from the crowd and budget hotel chains are spreading. We want independent properties and hotels with character to flourish, and believe customers do too.

“Our strategy is to genuinely innovate to create the best online experience for properties and customers. We focus on offering excellent value and beautiful, easy to use websites.”

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