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Press Release:

This New Payment Option Changed the Way Filipinos Travel

One year after TravelBook.ph launched their exclusive and most convenient payment option, Filipinos had traveled further—and farther.

 


TravelBook.ph exclusively offers Pay-At-Hotel, No Credit Card Needed, an innovative payment method that allows travelers to secure a room in advance without having to provide credit card details or make initial deposits to banks or payment centers.



Since its launch last May 2016, thousands of Filipino travelers have been able to skip initial transactions and upfront payments in favor of just paying on the day of their check-in. Most e-commerce outfits, including online travel agencies (OTAs), require their customers to make initial transactions through credit card payments or over-the-counter deposits in order to complete reservations. While such a process is important and necessary, TravelBook.ph—the leading OTA dedicated to offering hotel accommodations in their best value, wants to make traveling easier right from the very beginning. Pay-At-Hotel is the fastest-growing new payment method in the Philippines It has just been a year since Pay-At-Hotel, No Credit Card Needed to be launched but TravelBook.ph has already encouraged more than 1,100 of their hotel partners nationwide to adopt this new type of payment option. Many of the popular and big chain hotels have also joined this program.



Highly-regarded hotels in key areas that offer Pay-At-Hotel, No Credit Card Needed.

For the complete list, click here.



It wasn’t an easy feat to achieve, and as far as TravelBook.ph is concerned, this is just the beginning. Although it has been fulfilling for the leading OTA to have more partners in providing hassle-free booking experience to Filipinos, it has also been a challenging first year for the company with their Pay-At-Hotel, No Credit Card Needed option “Initially, most of the hotels hesitate and decline to join the service since there is always the possibility that guests will not show up on their check-in date and not pay the cancellation fee,” says Mr. Takumi Nakazawa, General Manager of TravelBook Philippines, Inc.


Hotel partners with TravelBook.ph sales representatives
 


Recognizing this dilemma, TravelBook.ph approached their hotel partners one by one to encourage them to join the program and ensure each of them that the risk of no show will be properly addressed. “In order to use Pay-At-Hotel, No Credit Card Needed, the customer must apply for a TravelBook.ph free membership first,” Mr. Nakazawa explained.  “If the customer violates our terms and conditions by not showing up or not paying the cancellation fee, we will suspend this payment option from the member’s account for the time being.” With this in mind, the company set terms and conditions to make sure that their members adhere to proper customer behavior so they can continuously enjoy the benefits of this hassle-free option. Because of the convenience that comes with Pay-At-Hotel, No Credit Card Needed, Filipino travelers have already been using this payment method when booking their hotel accommodations. More and more travelers are shifting to Pay-At-Hotel payment option In just a span of one year, TravelBook.ph has recorded an unprecedented growth in bookings made using Pay-At-Hotel, No Credit Card Needed.  As of April 2017, Pay-At-Hotel bookings have an average YOY growth rate of 691%—an outstanding percentage recorded almost a year after its launch. That’s almost seven times higher in just eleven months (April 2017 vs. May 2016).


Pay-At-Hotel Booking Trend from May 2016 to April 2017 (courtesy of TravelBook.ph)


As shown in the graph above, it is clear that Pay-At-Hotel bookings have significantly increased month after month since May 2016, most especially during the months of November, March, and April, which are considered as peak seasons. This means that more and more travelers have chosen to book their hotel accommodations using this payment option over the course of a year. “The Pay-At-Hotel method of TravelBook.ph is one that is frequently selected by clients because of its convenience,” says Rio Tolentino, General Manager of Rio Suites in Mandaluyong City. He also added that some clients are not comfortable using their credit cards for online purchasing and that this payment method “made it easier for them to book accommodation that best suits their budget.” With an astounding growth like this, TravelBook.ph is determined to further expand this payment method to hotels and resorts in every region of the Philippines so that many Filipinos can see more of this lovely country and travel more. An innovation like Pay-At-Hotel, No Credit Card Needed is only as good as its reach and effectiveness, and by increasing its accessibility, Filipinos, no doubt, will be able to travel in the most convenient way possible. Fearless and hassle-free payment method for everyone Pay-At-Hotel, No Credit Card Needed is TravelBook.ph’s answer to online booking inconveniences that are usually faced by Filipino travelers who do not own credit cards.




“Filipinos are still averse or allergic to credit cards,” says a report released by The Credit Card Association of the Philippines (CCAP). Since most OTAs require credit card details to complete transactions, this has become a usual problem when booking online because 90% of Filipinos are non-credit cardholders. Even during instances when customers do have credit cards, Filipinos are still hesitant to provide details online because of the threat of fraud and fear of identity theft that are commonly associated with online transactions.




In addition, Pay-At-Hotel, No Credit Card Needed also meets the customer demand for convenient transactions. Since this payment method allows direct transactions with the hotel of their choice during their check-in date, it further cuts out the inconvenience as travelers no longer have to find time to look for banks or payment centers for over-the-counter deposits or transactions. All they need to do is show up on the day of their check-in and pay at the hotel’s reception.

By tapping a huge potential market and providing the most convenient of transactions, TravelBook.ph is able to remove online booking inconveniences and attract more vacationers to travel further.


Without a doubt, Pay-At-Hotel, No Credit Card Needed revolutionized the way customers pay for their online hotel bookings. It has proven to be the most beneficial payment option to date as it opens endless opportunities for Filipinos to travel and explore the Philippines.


Want to use Pay-At-Hotel, No Credit Card Needed for your next hotel reservation? Register now as a TravelBook.ph member for free by visiting //www.travelbook.ph/.


### For more details, please contact:
 Mary Angeli Pasquin
Business Planning Officer
MaryAngeli.Pasquin@travelbook.ph
+63 (998) 840-4855
+63 (2) 662-1113


Sharah Pinky Librada
Business Development Manager
SharahPinky.Librada@travelbook.ph
+63 (917) 530-7464
+63 (2) 662-1113


About TravelBook.ph


TravelBook.ph is the leading online travel e-commerce company (online travel agent or OTA) in the Philippines dedicated to offering great value hotel bookings and with a varied selection of Philippine hotels and resorts in Baguio, Batangas, Bohol, Boracay, Cebu, Davao, Laguna, Metro Manila, Palawan, Pampanga, Tagaytay, Zambales, and more. A total of 3,200 affordable hotels are currently listed in Travelbook.ph. TravelBook.ph also offers the best / lowest prices with attractive discounts for hotels and resorts and innovative payment options without credit card – “Pay at Hotel, No credit card needed.” Travelbook.ph also offers exclusive reward points: Customers also automatically earn back 5% of the total amount they spend as reward points, which they can use to get discounts on their future bookings (1 point is equivalent to PHP 1.00). Customers can also use TravelBook.ph’s convenient mobile app to book accommodations on the go. It is available on the App Store and Google Play. Lastly, TravelBook.ph is a proud Philippine-based company with 24/7 support. It has a Filipino call center ready to assist customers anytime. They can be reached through these numbers:

Landline: +63 2 662 1111                    Globe: +63 917 850 9029

Sun: +63 925 887 2835                       Smart: +63 998 961 3012



To know more about convenient and affordable hotel bookings all over the Philippines, visit www.travelbook.ph. Follow TravelBook.ph on Facebook at www.facebook.com/TravelBook.ph/, Twitter //twitter.com/travelbookph, and Instagram //www.instagram.com/travelbookph/.
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Travel, Lifestyle

Press Release

GetGo hails TravelBook.ph as Digital Marketer of the Year



TravelBook.ph was awarded Digital Marketer of the Year by Cebu Pacific’s Lifestyle Rewards Program GetGo during their second anniversary celebration last March 31, 2017, at the Blue Leaf Events Pavilion in Taguig. TravelBook.ph bested three other competent nominees including other travel service providers and banks. The Digital Marketer of the Year Award was judged based on the partner’s active participation in promoting the partnership’s proposition by creating effective content using different relevant digital channels, not limited to SNS. As the future of travel gets more exciting with the continuous thrive of technology, these efforts to actively inject useful information and connect with members online definitely helps the journey of every traveler. Travelbook.ph has been a GetGo lifestyle partner since 2015 in accord with its objective to provide quality leisure services through traveling. In its campaigns, Travelbook.ph has created weekly features for GetGo that were featured on their website, newsletters, and official SNS.



The joy of a successful partnership. From L to R: GetGo GM Nik Laming; TravelBook.ph team: Karen Luminario, Cyra Penol, General Manager Takumi Nakazawa, Business Development Manager Pinky Librada, Steffi Manikan, and Aldo Reyes; and Cebu Pacific Chief Executive Adviser Michael Szucs.


The Digital Marketer of the Year award was received by Ms. Pinky Librada, Business Development Manager of Travelbook.ph. It was awarded by Mr. Michael Szucs, Chief Executive Adviser of Cebu Pacific, and Mr. Nik Laming, General Manager of GetGo’s Loyalty Division. Other GetGo lifestyle partners that were awarded were Robinsons Land Corporation (Outstanding Promoter), Petron (Customer Whisperer), Citibank (#TheSocialTrendsetter), and BPI (Promo of the Year) ###

For more details, please contact: 

Mary Angeli Pasquin

Business Planning Officer

MaryAngeli.Pasquin@travelbook.ph

+63 (998) 840-4855

+63 (2) 662-1113


Sharah Pinky Librada

Business Development Manager

SharahPinky.Librada@travelbook.ph

+63 (917) 530-7464

+63 (2) 662-1113



About TravelBook.ph
TravelBook.ph is the leading online travel e-commerce company (online travel agent or OTA) in the Philippines dedicated to offering great value hotel bookings and with a varied selection of Philippine hotels and resorts in Baguio, Batangas, Bohol, Boracay, Cebu, Davao, Laguna, Metro Manila, Palawan, Pampanga, Tagaytay, Zambales, and more. A total of 3,200 affordable hotels are currently listed in Travelbook.ph. TravelBook.ph also offers the best / lowest prices with attractive discounts for hotels and resorts and innovative payment options without credit card – “Pay at Hotel, No credit card needed.” Travelbook.ph also offers exclusive reward points: Customers also automatically earn back 5% of the total amount they spend as reward points, which they can use to get discounts on their future bookings (1 point is equivalent to PHP 1.00). Customers can also use TravelBook.ph’s convenient mobile app to book accommodations on the go. It is available on the App Store and Google Play.


Lastly, TravelBook.ph is a proud Philippine-based company with 24/7 support. It has a Filipino call center ready to assist customers anytime. They can be reached through these numbers:


Landline: +63 2 662 1111      Globe: +63 917 850 9029 Sun: +63 925 887 2835                  Smart: +63 998 961 3012


To know more about convenient and affordable hotel bookings all over the Philippines, visit www.travelbook.ph. Follow TravelBook.ph on Facebook at www.facebook.com/TravelBook.ph/, Twitter //twitter.com/travelbookph, and Instagram //www.instagram.com/travelbookph/.
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Lifestyle, Travel


Press Release

Konnichi-WOW: Win a Free Trip to Japan with Travel Book.ph!


In celebration of their 4th year anniversary, TravelBook.ph, the leading local hotel booking website in the Philippines, is sending three (3) lucky winners to Japan for free! To join the promo, simply make a hotel or resort booking through TravelBook.ph from March 11 to May 31, 2017. Both check-in and check-out dates should be within the said period to qualify. In addition, only customers who complete their stays (must check-in and check out) are eligible to join. Please note that all rooms are subject to availability. Each of the three winners will win roundtrip plane tickets to Japan for two, free hotel accommodation, and pocket money. One (1) winner will be drawn at random each month for April, May, and June 2017, which will be announced on TravelBook.ph’s website and its official Facebook and Instagram accounts. The winners will be notified via phone call and e-mail from TravelBook.ph’s customer service representatives and will be given instructions on how to get their claim certificates. Claiming of prizes will be from April 1 to August 30, 2017, while the winners can avail of their prizes starting April 1 until September 30, 2017. This promo is open to all Filipino citizens aged 18 and above and should be residing in the Philippines.  The winners can choose to travel solo or bring one companion on their trip to Japan. Should the winners be unavailable for the trip, the prize cannot be converted to cash but can be transferred. So what are you waiting for? Book that summer trip now and TravelBook.ph might just make your dream vacation in Japan come true! For more information, visit //www.travelbook.ph/blog/free-trip-to-japan/.

 

For more details, please contact:

Mary Angeli Pasquin
Business Planning Officer
MaryAngeli.Pasquin@travelbook.ph
+63 (998) 840-4855 +63 (2) 662-1113

Sharah Pinky Librada
Marketing Communications Officer
SharahPinky.Librada@travelbook.ph
+63 (917) 530-7464 +63 (2) 662-1113


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About TravelBook.ph


TravelBook.ph is one of biggest online travel e-commerce company (online travel agent or OTA) in the Philippines dedicated to offering great value hotel bookings and with a varied selection of Philippine hotels and resorts in Baguio, Batangas, Bohol, Boracay, Cebu, Davao, Laguna, Metro Manila, Palawan, Pampanga, Tagaytay, Zambales, and more. A total of 3,000 of affordable hotels are currently listed in Travelbook.ph. TravelBook.ph offers the best price guarantee with attractive discounts for hotels and resorts, and various types of payment options without a credit card: – Pay at Hotel – Over the Counter: banks, 7-Eleven, department stores, and payment centers Travelbook.ph also offers exclusive reward points: Customers also automatically earn back 5% of the total amount they spend as reward points, which they can use to get discounts on their future bookings (1 point is equivalent to PHP 1.00). Customers can also use TravelBook.ph’s convenient mobile app to book accommodations on the go. It is available on the App Store and Google Play. Lastly, TravelBook.ph is a proud Philippine-based company with 24/7 support. It has a Filipino call center ready to assist customers anytime. They can be reached through these numbers: 

Landline: +63 2 662 1111

Sun: +63 925 887 2835

Globe: +63 917 850 9029

Smart: +63 998 961 3012


To know more about convenient and affordable hotel bookings all over the Philippines, visit www.travelbook.ph. Follow TravelBook.ph on Facebook at www.facebook.com/TravelBook.ph/, Twitter //twitter.com/travelbookph, and Instagram //www.instagram.com/travelbookph/.
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