Business Intelligence

New Version of XML API introduced, featuring “Get Bookings”

Posted by on October 3, 2010 at 12:44 pm

Instant World Booking features an advanced XML API, enabling accommodations to easily use XML feeds to: Get Calendar Availability/Allocations Set Calendar Availability/Allocations Retrieve Bookings Our latest version 2.1 was released today, and includes the capability to download bookings/reservations right from the system.  This version effectively completes Instant World Booking’s upgrade to a fully functional Calendar and Bookings […]

Get Free PPC (Pay per click) Advertising from

Posted by on May 27, 2010 at 10:03 am (Instant World Booking) has proven to be very successful in gaining top search engine rankings for its listed bed & breakfast partners. One reason it is important to use the instant booking method is that we use pay-per-click (PPC) advertising to market your property on Google and other sites. Use of a PPC campaign […]

Property Management Systems Integrating with

Posted by on May 3, 2010 at 7:51 pm

ASSD Hotel Property Management System is one of the latest PMS systems to interface with (Instant World Booking).  If you currently use a 3rd party PMS or Channel Management System, or any Calendar Management System for your B&B, contact them today to tell them you want their system to feed (IWB).  Perhaps you’re using one of the […]

Questions about’s Booking Engine for B&B Websites

Posted by on April 25, 2010 at 7:45 pm

Maybe you’re considering a new booking engine for your bed and breakfast website.  Maybe you’re looking for a better solution at a lower price.  Here are some of the questions you should be asking: What do you mean by “almost cost-free solution”? Are my customers charged a service fee? Can I still keep all my […]

Why Instant Booking using an Online Calendar is Best for Bed & Breakfasts

Posted by on April 12, 2010 at 6:08 am

We’ve discussed the request-only versus instant booking methods at some length, but for many bed and breakfasts, the choice continues to be request-only. This is fine, however, there are clear advantages to the instant booking method that far outweigh any administrative inconveniences.  We are happy to work with our partners in any manner they wish, but find […]

US Travel Promotion Act

Posted by on February 28, 2010 at 2:19 pm

In a nutshell, the Travel Promotion Act is: “A bill to establish a non-profit corporation to communicate United States entry policies and otherwise promote leisure, business, and scholarly travel to the United States.” International travelers are an important customer in the US travel industry.  Visits to the US are below 2000 levels, and this has a […]

How to – Link Building for B&Bs

Posted by on January 15, 2010 at 8:52 am

Your bed and breakfast’s website is one of your most valuable assets.  Like all of our assets, we wish to grow their value.  But how can we do this, even in a down economy?  Your website and the traffic it brings is an asset you can grow anytime. One of the most important value “drivers” of […]

RezOvation Pricing

Posted by on December 30, 2009 at 11:40 am

If you’ve been reading our Intelligence for B&Bblog, you know that believes in transparency, especially when it comes to pricing of services for your B&B.  Occasionally, we profile other services which compete with ours.  We don’t care so much that mentioning competing services basically amounts to free advertising for those services.  We’re more interested […]

Negative Reviews – Can they Help or Hurt your Business

Posted by on December 24, 2009 at 11:25 am

A while back we published an article on how “Fake” reviews can impact your bed and breakfast’s online business.  Read it again here: Now, there’s some new evidence posted at on how negative reviews can actually help your business.  For more about bed and breakfasts and reviews, see the following links: If […] Pricing

Posted by on December 15, 2009 at 9:02 am

At, we frequently get asked how our pricing compares to  We’re going to answer that question.  In this global economy, margins mean everything to B&Bs and inns, and (operated by Instant World Booking) can really make a difference to your bottom line. is a great service, and we would never recommend […]