Booking platform Bidroom.com has announced it will stop charging hotels commissions for bookings on its website.
Hotels, apartments, B&Bs and vacation rentals can now sign up to the website and receive direct bookings from guests free of charge.
The Dutch company used to charge 2% commissions before they scrapped the charge.
Announcing the change at World Travel Market, Casper Knieriem, who founded the firm with Michael Ros, said: “We started off by charging just two percent commission, a symbolic rate, to make a stand against the outrageous state of the online travel agency market.
“We are firmly against the hideous practices of the major booking websites that charge up to 25% commission, emptying hotels’ budgets and guests’ wallets.”
Instead of charging commission, the company will focus on offering additional services to hotels with their ‘freemium’ business model.
Hotel managers can choose from two plans: Bidroom Free and Bidroom Plus. The Bidroom Free plan allows hotels to upload a images and add room and amenities descriptions.
Bidroom Plus enables hotels to add more images, and make their accommodations appear higher in the search results. Bidroom Plus hotels can also install a direct link to their hotel website on their Bidroom page.
The website plans on introducing new languages, adding Dutch, Polish, Russian and French pages next week with Spanish and German following next month.
“We like to call our new model ‘Bidroom as a Service’ (BaaS),” said Ros. “Right from the beginning, our mission has been about bringing fairness to the booking industry. The entire team is extremely excited with the revolution that’s just about to begin.”