TIDInet

TIDInet
TIDInet
Reservations System User Manual
Serviced
Accommodation
NITB | TIDInet User Manual
Contents
Chapter One
3
Introducing TIDInet
Chapter Two
5
Getting Started
Chapter Three
8
Using TIDInet Reservation System
Chapter Four
28
Reservations via TIDIdesk (Help Desk)
Chapter Five
29
TIDInet and Your Business
Chapter Six
31
Getting More Help
Frequently Asked Questions
Glossary
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TIDInet
Reservations System of the Northern Ireland Tourist Board
Chapter One – Introduction
What is TIDInet?
TIDInet is NITB’s Accommodation Reservations System.
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With TIDInet, you can use the Internet and Tourist Information Centres (TICs) to sell
rooms, self catering units, offers and packages to online consumers worldwide.
You can communicate room/unit availability and prices to consumers online, including
last minute prices and availability, reduced prices, etc.
You can receive online bookings via the Internet in real time.
The online booking system is available on several websites, including
discovernorthernireland.com. By following links on these sites, potential customers
can view information about your premises and make bookings.
What type of accommodation can be sold on TIDInet?
All property types certified by NITB.
Why is TIDInet good for my business?
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By having your accommodation details on the Internet, you can reach a worldwide
audience.
You can update information about your availability and prices, so that potential
customers can view the latest information at the touch of a button. This can help you fill
your empty rooms, or lessen the number of enquiries when you are fully booked.
Having your property details on TIDInet can help you attract more bookings of all types,
telephone or email.
For detailed information on how you can use TIDInet to maximise the profitability of your
business, see Chapter 5 - TIDInet and Your Business.
What equipment do I need?
The minimum that you need is either a mobile phone or email, to allow us to inform you of
bookings. If you have a PC with Internet access you can use the Extranet site, TIDIextra www.tidinet.com to manage your allocation and pricing.
How am I charged for TIDInet?
If you are a member of a Regional Tourism Partnership (RTP), TIDInet participation is included
in your membership fee. Otherwise, a set of Annual Subscription Fees apply, depending on
your property type. TIDInet does not charge a percentage commission fee for bookings made
through discovernorthernireland.com. Instead, there is a flat transaction fee for each booking,
irrespective of the number of nights and party size.
Details of subscription and transaction fees are provided in the Frequently Asked Questions
section of this manual.
Important:
Bookings made through other systems which support TIDInet may have different rules.
Tourist Information Centres will continue to charge a 10% commission. There will also
be an additional credit card charge of 3% on deposits processed via TIDInet.
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Activating your TIDInet membership (If you are currently not a TIDInet
subscriber)
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To register as a TIDInet user: Call TIDIdesk on 0800 243 860 and quote your User ID
and Password. The operator will activate your membership. If you currently do not have
a Username and Password call the TIDIdesk to request a TIDInet Pack..
Important: By activating your TIDInet membership, you agree to accept all Terms and
Conditions (please click on relevant link on www.tidinet.com). Keep a careful note of
both your User ID and Password, as you will need them for future access to your TIDInet
record. You are advised to write them in the panel (below) that is provided in this User
Manual.
Important: Before you can take any bookings via TIDInet, you need to set up availability
and check prices for your property. If you are a TIDIdesk user (see Chapter 4 of this
manual), you will normally do this at the same time as you activate your membership.
Instructions for TIDIextra users are provided in Chapter 3.
How will I feed information to TIDInet?
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Using TIDIextra, an Extranet service that enables you to set up and maintain your
TIDInet allocation and prices by typing information directly into the system, using a
Personal Computer (PC). As soon as you send the information it becomes available to
anyone accessing the system. See Chapter 3 for full instructions.
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Via TIDIdesk. If you do not use a computer, you can call TIDIdesk and ask the adviser
to change your TIDInet availability and/or prices, which they will do instantly. See
Chapter 4 for details.
Login Details Reminder
User ID
Password
User ID
Password
User ID
Password
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Chapter Two – Getting Started
What type of information will I maintain on TIDInet?
Allocation of rooms, or self catering units, that you have made available for online or TIC
bookings through TIDInet.
You will need to maintain two main types of information about your allocation:
• the availability - that is, the number of rooms or units for which you do not have any
bookings, and which online customers see as being "available" to book.
• the pricing - that is, the basis on which you charge customers for rooms/units.
Understanding availability
You have complete control of how many rooms or units you make available to TIDInet - it may
be only some of your rooms/units, or all of them. You can change the availability by adding and
removing rooms/units at any time, to suit particular circumstances.
Tip: It is good practice to set up the basic TIDInet availability for your property well in advance:
typically, for each calendar year. As time progresses, you can update this information to take
account of changes in availability such as bookings, cancellations, and dates on which you do
not want your rooms/units to be available.
Important: Remember, if there is a double booking at your property because you have
not updated your allocation, it is your responsibility to find those guests alternative
accommodation of a similar standard, and possibly transportation. It is therefore
essential that you update your TIDInet availability, where necessary, when you receive
bookings from outside the TIDInet system.
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If you do not want to receive bookings for a certain period - for example, if you are
closing your premises while you are on holiday - you must set the availability for all your
room/unit types to zero for the dates that your premises will be closed, to prevent online
or TIC bookings being made.
If you are expecting more telephone bookings than usual for certain dates - such as a
major local event - you might reduce the number of rooms available for online booking
during this time. You can also increase the number of rooms available for online
booking on particular dates: for example, at times when you are expecting more interest
than usual from online customers. You might also add extra rooms to TIDInet if you are
not busy, or if rooms unexpectedly become free. For more ideas on how to use TIDInet
to maximise the profitability of your premises, see Chapter 5 - TIDInet and Your
Business.
How often do I need to update my availability?
This will depend on how many bookings you receive, and how often you decide to change your
online availability. As a general guide, if you use a computer to administer your business, you
may need to update your TIDInet availability approximately as often as you check your business
email.
Important: It is critical that you regularly keep an allocation of rooms/units on TIDInet if
you wish to receive bookings through the Internet and TICs. Priority will always be given
to those premises that provide allocation and a customer cannot check prices and
availability if your premises is not displaying allocation. If you are not sure whether your
property is displaying availability on TIDInet at any time, please contact the TIDIdesk.
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Understanding pricing
Each property on TIDInet has one or more room/unit types, relating to the different types of
rooms, or self catering units, that can be booked. A hotel, for example, may have several room
types, such as "Double Room En Suite". A self catering property may be assigned a unit type
such as "4 bedroom".
To assign prices to your accommodation, you need to apply one or more offer(s) to each
room/unit type. An offer is the basis on which the room or unit can be sold: for example, "per
person sharing en suite" for a hotel room or, for self catering units, a weekly rate. A room/unit
type can have more than one offer: for example, a double room may have a per person sharing
offer and a single occupancy offer.
For each room/unit type, offers are applied on specific dates. This means that you can have
some offers that are available only during specific time periods, and others that are available for
the whole year.
Tip: It is good practice to check and maintain the basic prices for your property well in advance typically, for each calendar year. As time progresses, you would update this basic information to
take account of exceptions such as lower prices for specific dates.
What kind of offers can I set?
When you apply offers to your room/unit types, you choose from a list of available offers, that
are set up in advance by NITB.
Some of these offers - such as "Per Person Sharing", "Single Occupancy" or, for self catering
premises, "Weekly Rate" - are types that you would probably want to apply throughout the year,
to most or all of your room/unit types. Other offers relating to a certain number of nights,
inclusive meals, etc., would usually be applied only to specific dates and/or unit types.
For example, you may decide to apply an offer that is aimed at families to your larger room
types. You may want another offer to apply only at weekends, for holiday visitors, and another
only on weekdays, for corporate clients.
Why might I change my prices?
Research has shown that many customers who book accommodation online will base their
choice on price, and whether it is good value for money.
Also remember that, if a room/unit is left empty for a night, you will have lost business and
revenue. If it appears that one or more of your rooms/units will be unoccupied on a specific
date, it may be advisable to drop your prices to a "last-minute" level which is the minimum
required to cover your costs.
You can use TIDInet to alter your prices according to demand. For example, you might
maximise return by increasing your prices at busy times. Alternatively, at quieter times when
you have extra availability, or if a booking is cancelled, you may decide to offer these
rooms/units at a lower rate to make them easier to fill.
Chapter 5 - TIDInet and Your Business gives you more ideas for how you can use TIDInet to
maximise the profitability of your business.
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How do I know when I receive a
booking?
When an online booking or cancellation is
made for your accommodation, you will
receive booking details by email (PC users
only) and/or a mobile phone text message
(SMS). The message provides basic
information, such as the booking reference,
the arrival date and the number of nights.
Do not reply to alert messages or
booking notification emails, as
they are generated automatically
by TIDInet.
Instead, if you require full details of the booking or cancellation, you can either view the
information in TIDIextra (see Chapter 3) or call TIDIdesk (see Chapter 4).
Bookings or cancellations that were not via TIDInet
When a booking or cancellation is made that was not via TIDInet - for example, a telephone
booking, you must check whether your TIDInet availability is affected, and update it if
necessary. This is essential in order to avoid a double booking in your premises, or being left
with unnecessarily empty rooms.
The most frequent example of this would be when a non-TIDInet booking reduces the number
of available rooms/units to a level lower than the availability shown on TIDInet. If this happens,
your availability display on TIDInet will be out of date. You must amend it to show the correct
availability level.
Receiving payments for TIDInet bookings
A customer who makes a booking for your property, via a website or Tourist Information Centre,
will pay a 10% deposit at booking time (in the case of self catering bookings 33% - 100% of the
accommodation cost may be taken as a deposit). The deposit amount, less the TIDInet
transaction fee and a charge of 3% levied by the credit card company, will be sent to your
premises approximately every 4 weeks in arrears. Payments will be made by BACS, directly into
your premises' own Current Account. The 90% balance is payable directly to you by the
customer on arrival or departure (or for self-catering bookings, the appropriate amount is
payable 6 weeks or more in advance). You will receive a regular booking and financial
statement.
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Chapter Three – Using TIDInet Reservation
System
The following user manual has been designed to take you, the user through each step of
the new and improved TIDIextra interface.
These guidelines aim to cover all eventualities when using TIDIextra, from setting prices
to amending availability. The primary goal of the guidelines is to promote the new easier
to use system by providing examples and handy tips.
Should you have any difficulties with the functionality please call the Helpdesk on
0800 243 860.
Make Changes to Accommodation Availability on TIDInet
Step 1. Log into TIDIextra
Open www.tidinet.com on your web browser and enter your Username & Password
(received in the TIDInet Information Pack).
Click the
button.
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Step 2. The Homepage
The screen below will be displayed once your Username & Password have been accepted.
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Step 3. Change availability
Navigate to the set availability icon and click on it
The Set Availability screen below will be displayed
Step 4. Choose the first room you wish to make amendment to
‘max. NITB approved: 1’ above indicates that ‘1’ is the maximum number of single en suite
with bath rooms that have been certified by NITB.
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The accommodation availability screen displays a three-month
period - the current month plus the next two months.
If the day you wish to select is not within the period displayed you
can navigate to another date by using the
button or you can select the specific month using the drop down
provided.
The following examples are based on a number of potential scenarios including:
1. Setting your availability for your accommodation for a single day
2. Setting your availability for your accommodation for a number of consecutive days for
example one week
3. Setting your availability for your serviced accommodation for a number of non
consecutive days for example every weekend in any given month
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Set availability for a single day
For this example we will make one single room available on Friday 6th April 2007. Once the
relevant date has been selected (clicking on the date in the calendar) it turns from:
Green to white - When availability has already been set to 1 or more; or
Red to white - When availability is at zero
Green to Amber - If you have more than one room of any room type allocated to TIDInet, when
you reduce your availability the selected dates in the calendar will turn from green to amber and
the number of remaining rooms inside each date box will appear.
Enter the number of rooms you wish to allocate in the relevant day; you are making one single
room available for one day.
Click on
You have now made one single room available for one day - note the 6th April has changed from
being red to green, as shown above.
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Set availability for a number of consecutive days
For this example we will select
the room type, ‘Double Ensuite
with Shower’ from the dropdown
menu and make it available for
the first week in April 2007.
To begin editing availability for your Double Ensuite
with Shower room press the shift key
on the keyboard, and select the first day of the
relevant period. In this instance we have selected
Sunday 1st April 2007.
Keeping the shift key held down navigate to the
last day in the period and click on this date. In this
instance we have selected Saturday 7th April 2007.
You will see that when you select the relevant date,
all the dates in that range on the calendar turns
from:
Green to white - When availability has already
been set to 1 or more; or
Red to white- When availability is at zero
Green to Amber - If you have more than one room
of any room type allocated to TIDInet, when you
reduce your availability the selected dates in the
calendar will turn from green to amber and the
number of remaining rooms inside each date box
will appear.
Click on the first day in this period and change
availability from ‘0’ to the number of single rooms
you wish to allocate and click outside the box. All
of the selected dates have been changed
simultaneously.
Click on save
You have now made one Double Ensuite with
Shower room available for one week, in this
instance the first week in April 2007, note the
selected dates have changed from red to green.
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Set availability for a number of non-consecutive days
For this example we will make one single room available on every Friday and Saturday in April
2007. Navigate to the screen below:
To begin editing your single room
availability, press the control key
on the keyboard
and
select the first day of the relevant
period. In this instance we have
selected Friday 6th April 2007.
Keeping the control key held
down click on each subsequent
Friday and Saturday in the month.
You will see that when you select
the relevant dates all the dates in
that range on the calendar turn
from:
Green to white
When availability has already
been set to 1 or more; or
Red to white
When availability is at zero.
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Green to Amber - If you have more than one room of any room type allocated to TIDInet, when
you reduce your availability the selected dates in the calendar will turn from green to amber and
the number of remaining rooms inside each date box will appear.
In this instance, as availability was not previously set the selected dates have turned from red to
white.
Once you have selected the relevant dates release the shift key and enter the number of single
rooms you wish to allocate in the first selected date, (in this case Friday 6th ) and click outside
the calendar, each of the selected dates will change simultaneously.
Click on Save
In this instance one single room has been made available for bookings on
discovernorthernireland.com or TICs for each weekend in April 2007, note the selected dates
have changed to green.
If you have more than one room of any room type you do not have to allocate the maximum
number of rooms on any given date. For example if you have 3 Double & Single Ensuite with
Shower rooms you can choose to allocate 1 of the 3 on specific dates, or 2 of the 3, or provide
maximum availability and set availability to 3.
See screen below
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Set availability for long periods
You may want to set the same allocation of rooms for the whole year. For example if you have
3 Twin Ensuite with Shower rooms you may wish to allocate 2 of the 3 rooms for each weekend
for the year. For this example we will make 2 Twin Ensuite with Shower Rooms available on
each Friday and Saturday from April 2007 to December 2007.
1. Select the room type you wish to make available, in this case the ‘Twin Ensuite with Shower’
2. Navigate to this part of the screen below.
3. To select each Friday and Saturday for the year use the calendar and select the date range
that you wish to make changes to.
If you are setting your availability for the first time the action you require is
and the
value is the number of rooms you wish to make available to sell online, in this case it is ‘2’.
4. Once a value has been entered and the relevant days have been selected click on
In this case availability of ‘2’ Twin Ensuite with Shower Rooms has been set from April 2007 to
December 2007, for Fridays and Saturdays only.
If you have previously set availability you may wish to increase or
decrease the number previously set.
To do this select the dates in question and the action required is either Increase
or Decrease, then enter the value you wish to increase/decrease by and save
the changes.
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Make changes to Accommodation Pricing on TIDInet
Step 1.
Log in to TIDIextra using the username and password provided on your Information Pack, as
described on Page4 of this manual.
Step 2.
You will be taken to the Homepage of TIDIextra
Step 3. Change Pricing
Navigate to the Edit Your Room Prices icon and click on it
The pricing screen below will be displayed
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Accommodation providers often sell rooms either by Per Person Sharing, or by Single
Occupancy; both offers can apply to ensuite and standard rooms.
The following notes are based on a few potential scenarios that you may encounter
when setting /amending your prices.
To view the offers you currently have
please choose from the drop down menu.
Scenario 1
Setting your price for ‘Per Person Sharing Ensuite including Breakfast’
For this example we will set the month of April 2007 at £25.00.
When April 2007 has been selected the screen below will be displayed.
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To begin editing prices for the month of April 2007 press the Shift Key
and click on the first day of the month, then select the last day in the month.
Release the shift key and the middle screen below will be visible.
When you select the relevant dates the boxes in the calendar will turn from
Green to white
When a price has previously been entered or when pricing was set at £0.00.
Enter the price you are selling your Per Person Sharing rate at in the first selected date and
then click outside the calendar (in this example the Per Person Sharing rate is £25.00)
Click on save
The third panel above will be visible
The month of April 2007 has now a Per Person Sharing with Ensuite price of £25.00 for each
day.
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Scenario 2
Setting your price for ‘Single Occupancy’
For this example we will set the Month of April 2007 at £27.50.
When you select April 2007 the screen below will be displayed
To begin editing prices for the month of April 2007 press the Shift Key
and click on
the first day of the month then select the last day in the month, release the shift key and the
middle screen below will be visible
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When you select the relevant date the boxes in the calendar will turn from
Green to white
When a price has previously been entered or when pricing was set at £0.00.
Enter the price you are selling your Single Occupancy room at (for this example £27.50) in the
first selected date and then click outside the calendar.
Click on save
The screen above will be visible.
The month of April 2007 has now a Single Occupancy Room rate of £27.50.
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Increasing or Decreasing Existing Prices
You can increase or decrease room rates in two ways
1. By Value increase, or
2. By Percentage increase (%)
For this example we
will assume that a Per
Person Sharing Ensuite
including
Breakfast
room rate has been
previously
set
at
£27.50 for the month of
April 2007.
We will
increase this rate using
both methods.
The screen opposite
displays a ‘Per Person
Sharing Ensuite
including Breakfast’
room rate of £27.50.
Navigate to this part
of the Set Selling
Prices screen
opposite.
Increase by Value
Click on the drop down
increase
all
value
symbol and select
as we want to increase the selling price,
as we want to increase all of the month of April,
as we are specifying an exact value increase
Enter the price increase, in this case £2.50
Click on the
and the message
appear
button
opposite will
Click on
and the
changes will be made, the following
screen will be visible
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and the second screen above will be displayed.
Click on
Note the selected dates have changed from white to green.
A price increase of £2.50 has been added to the Per Person Sharing Ensuite Including
Breakfast for April 2007, making it £30.00.
By Percentage Increase (%)
Click on the drop down
increase
all
percentage
symbol and select
as we want to increase the selling price,
as we want to increase all of the month of April,
as we are specifying an increase of 10% in this case.
Click on the
and the message
appear
button
opposite will
Click on
and the
changes will be made, the following
screen will be visible
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Click on
and the second screen above will be displayed - note the selected
dates have changed from white to green.
A price increase of 10% has been added to the Per Person Sharing Ensuite Including Breakfast
for April 2007, making it £30.25.
Decreasing prices either by value or percentage uses the same process as increasing
prices.
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Increasing or Decreasing Prices for Non-Consecutive Days
You can increase or decrease non consecutive days simply by holding down the Control
Key
on the keyboard and select each of the non- consecutive days you wish to amend.
For example every Tuesday and Thursday in April 2007 we will increase the Per Person
Sharing Ensuite including Breakfast rate from £27.50 to £30.00.
Holding the
Control Key down select the first day in the relevant period, in this case
the first Tuesday in April, keeping the Control key held down click on each individual Tuesday
and Thursday in the month, the screen above will be visible
Note the selected dates have changed from green to white.
Navigate to the part of the Set Selling Prices screen shown below.
Click on the drop down
increase
selected
value
symbol and select
as we want to increase the selling price
as we want to increase the identified non-consecutive days in April
as we are specifying an exact value increase, £2.50.
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Click on the
and the message
appear.
button
opposite will
and the
Click on
changes will be made, the following
screen will be visible:
Only the selected dates in the calendar have been increased in price.
Click on
and the second screen above will be displayed.
Each Tuesday and Thursday in April has been increased in price from £27.50 to £30.00 for the
Per Person Sharing Ensuite pricing offer.
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Scenario 3
Selecting the Room Type that an Offer applies to
Once all your Prices have been set, the next step is to attach these pricing offers to your
specific rooms.
Without completing this necessary step your premises cannot be bookable online.
This allows you to exclude certain room types that you may not want to sell at a certain rate. For
example you may not want to sell a ‘Triple Room’ at a ‘Single Occupancy Ensuite incl.
Breakfast’ rate.
To begin selecting the room type that the offer applies to, firstly select the first pricing offer.
For this example we will select ‘Per Person
Sharing Ensuite Including Breakfast’.
Navigate to this part of the Pricing screen
The screen opposite shows that the offer is applied to a
Double Ensuite Room with Shower and a Twin
Ensuite Room with Shower.
To select the room type you want to relate a pricing
offer to, click inside the relevant box and a
will
appear.
Click on
and the selected room type can be sold at the pricing offer.
by clicking on it and
To remove a room from a particular pricing offer simply remove the
pressing the
Only link ensuite pricing offers with ensuite rooms and standard pricing offers to standard
rooms!
The example below shows a Single
Occupancy Standard Room being linked
with a Standard Twin Room.
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Chapter Four – Reservation via TIDIdesk (Help
Desk)
Tip: As a TIDIdesk user, you may find it useful to read through Chapter 3, even though you will
not personally be carrying out the tasks it describes. It will help you understand the changes
that the TIDIdesk adviser will be making on your behalf, and may therefore be useful when you
are explaining your requirements.
How to use TIDIdesk
For any change that you require to your TIDInet allocation (for example, room/unit availability or
pricing), you need to do the following
Step 1
Make sure that you have the User ID and Password that were given with your manual. (See
Activating your TIDInet membership in this manual.) You should also have full details of the
changes you require to hand before you start.
Step 2
Call TIDIdesk on Freephone 0800 243 860
Opening times: Mon-Fri - 0900 - 1700
Step 3
Quote your TIDInet security information as requested.
Step 4
Give details of the changes that you require, using the guidance below for changing specific
types of information. The adviser will make your changes instantly.
Setting and updating your TIDInet information
Before you can take any bookings via TIDInet, you need to set up the initial availability and
check prices for your property. TIDIdesk users will normally do this at registration time.
Tip: It is good practice to set up the basic TIDInet availability and check pricing for your property
well in advance: typically, for each calendar year. As time progresses, you would update this
basic information to take account of changes in availability, such as bookings, cancellations,
price changes and dates to which you do not want your availability to apply.
Setting up and amending your room/unit availability
To set up and amend your availability, you will need to provide TIDIdesk with the following
information:
• the type(s) of room, or unit, for which you want to set the availability
•
the dates for which you want to set the availability
•
the number of rooms or units of each type that you want to be available for online
booking on these dates.
For guidance on when you would update the availability of your rooms or units for online
booking via TIDInet, see Why would I update my availability ? in this manual
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Chapter Five – TIDInet and Your Business
This chapter illustrates how you can use TIDInet as a marketing and sales tool,
as well as simply a way to keep track of your online bookings.
How can TIDInet help me to sell more rooms/units?
Important: It is critical that you regularly keep an allocation of rooms / units on TIDInet if
you wish to receive bookings though the Internet and TICs. Priority will always be given
to those premises that provide allocation and a customer cannot check prices and
availability if your premises is not displaying allocation. If you are not sure whether your
property is displaying availability on TIDInet at any time, please contact the TIDIdesk.
TIDInet cannot promise to be a source of bookings or revenue for your business, nor can it
promise to be the only or main source of bookings to your property. What it can do is provide
you with a platform to sell and market your premises on-line and allow you to provide real-time,
on-line availability and prices for consumers to consider and book via the Internet from
anywhere in the world.
Remember, TIDInet works by being the central source for bookings and easy on-line access to
accommodation for visitors to Northern Ireland.
Understanding Yield Management
Yield Management is the concept of managing your stock in a way that maximises your
revenues - in other words, selling as many rooms/units as possible, at the best price you can
get, taking into account current trends and market conditions. It involves:
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staying in touch with current levels of interest - from the general state of Northern
Ireland tourism to tourist attractions or events, such as festivals, in your area.
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adjusting your prices to take account of market conditions. For example, you might
lower the price of your accommodation at times when you are not busy. For rooms that
are still unbooked at a late stage, you might lower the price right down so that you can
at least cover your costs, even if you do not make a significant profit.
•
keeping informed about the market for accommodation in your area, and setting your
prices appropriately.
TIDInet offers you a high level of flexibility to alter your room rates as and when this is
appropriate. The decision to alter your room rates may depend on some of the following factors:
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the time when most bookings are made in your area
the number of rooms you have unsold for that night
the number of visitors in the area and how busy your competitors are.
To make TIDInet work for you, you ideally should have:
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A clear policy on pricing
A proper set of objectives for your property
A plan to achieve those objectives
A well informed view of how the general market is likely to perform
A planned booking pattern for your property
A properly considered system of discounts
A plan for the months ahead of the number of rooms to be sold at a particular rate
A regular review of your plans for your business
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You must regularly review your allocation of rooms against your forecasts, modifying availability
and price as you go. And remember, that means updating your allocation and analysing your
booking information regularly.
Typical Examples - Maximising your profitability using TIDInet
Q. A major event is happening in my area e.g. a popular motorcycle event,
arts festival etc. How can I use TIDInet to help me benefit from this?
Log on to TIDIextra, or call TIDIdesk, and check how many rooms are available on the system
for the dates of the event, adding more availability if necessary. Alternatively, if you expect to
sell more rooms than usual directly to the public, you may wish to slightly reduce the number of
rooms/units that are available on the TIDInet system.
Once there is an appropriate level of room/unit availability, you should then consider how much
you should charge for the rooms/unit(s), given that the area is expected to be very busy and will
attract a high demand for accommodation. You may want to consider slightly raising your
normal prices.
Q. My premises is receiving a lower than usual number of bookings. I
would like to attract more business and at least cover my overhead costs.
REMEMBER - A room is a highly perishable product. If it remains empty for a night, it is lost
revenue that cannot be compensated for the following night.
Log on to TIDIextra, or call TIDIdesk, and check the availability of rooms on the system for the
next, say, 2 - 3 months. You may want to consider adding more rooms/units to your TIDInet
allocation, so that more of them can be booked online.
You may also wish to consider lowering your normal prices. Accommodation can be quite price
sensitive and customers will often opt for the lower price, especially where the standard and
facilities offered by the type of accommodation are broadly similar, such as in the Bed &
Breakfast accommodation sector. The Internet also makes price and premises comparison very
open and transparent.
Q. My self catering premises does not normally accept 2 Night Weekend
Bookings or 3 Night Midweek Bookings in July and August, but a
Saturday has just passed where the property is not booked for that week.
How can I use TIDInet to help me?
Log on to TIDIextra, or call TIDIdesk, and check the price offers that are in place for that week
and the following week. If there is no midweek price offer in place by, say, the Sunday, then you
can add a 3 Night Midweek price, perhaps with a slightly discounted rate as this is a 'last minute'
availability. Similarly, if there is no Saturday to Saturday weekly booking in place for the week
ahead by the Thursday or Friday of that week, you may consider adding, say, a 2 Night
Weekend Price Offer. This is a good way of 'managing yield' and making best use of late
availability and price discounting.
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Chapter Six – Getting More Help
TIDIdesk
For all queries regarding the operation of TIDInet: availability, pricing, etc., call TIDIdesk on
Freephone 0800 243 860, quoting your unique User ID and Password.
Open Mon-Fri 09:00 - 17:00
Training
If you have participated in an online reservations system before, or have a reasonable grasp of
the Internet, you will be able to use TIDIextra.
Training will be available later in the year when the system is developed further, and for those
who decide to change from being a TIDIdesk user to a TIDIextra user. No training is necessary
if you wish to use TIDIdesk to manage your allocation.
User Manual
This User Manual is designed as a training guide and reference manual for all accommodation
providers using TIDInet.
Online support
You can download a copy of this User Manual and promotional leaflets for TIDInet, in Adobe
PDF format, by visiting www.tidinet.com .
An online training tutorial will also be made available.
Contacting NITB
For day to day maintenance of your allocation, and queries about TIDInet operation, you should
call TIDIdesk. However, NITB can provide direct assistance with issues such as the following:
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queries related to financial transactions
updates or corrections to the details of your
premises, such as the number and type of
rooms or units that you offer
uncertainty about what features are/will be available with TIDInet
if you want to set up pricing offers that are not currently available
double bookings for your accommodation.
Please Contact:
E-Tourism Department
Northern Ireland Tourist Board
St Anne's Court
59 North Street
Belfast
BT1 1NB
Northern Ireland
Tel: (028) 9044 1552
Fax: (028) 9024 0960
Textphone: (028) 9089 5512
Email: [email protected]
Website: www.tidinet.com
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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
This section answers some common questions about the introduction of the new TIDInet
system, and also provides guidance on some operational questions.
What is TIDInet?
TIDInet is an accommodation reservations system that has been developed by the Northern
Ireland Tourist Board for use by the accommodation sector in Northern Ireland. The system
belongs to NITB. It has been developed to ensure that the accommodation sector has access to
a flexible and inexpensive online booking system. It is available through
discovernorthernireland.com, RTP websites, several Tourism Ireland market web sites and will
also support bookings in the Tourist Information Centres.
How do I join TIDInet?
You can join TIDInet at any time. All you have to do is to register with the TIDInet contact centre
on 0800 243 860 using a membership User ID and Password that you will receive with your new
user manual. If you do not already have a UserID and Password, please call 0800 243 860 to
request an information pack.
What does TIDInet cost to join?
If you are an RTP member, TIDInet participation is included in your membership fee. Otherwise,
the following Annual Subscription Fees apply:
Hotels
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40 rooms or less £165
41 rooms or more £220
Bed & Breakfasts / Guesthouses
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Any size £75
Self Catering
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Individual Units £50
2 - 6 Units £100
7 + Units £155
Hostels / Universities
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Any size £65
What other costs are associated with TIDInet?
TIDInet will not be charging a percentage commission fee for any booking made through
discovernorthernireland.com or other related websites.
There will be a transaction fee for each booking
of:
B&B/Guesthouse £3*
Hotel £7*
Self-Catering £10 (weekly bookings)
Self-Catering £5 (weekend and
bookings)
Hostel / University £3*
midweek
* Cost is irrespective of number of nights and
party size.
The above transaction fees will not normally apply to NITB short break campaigns.
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There will also be an additional credit card charge of 3% on all deposits processed via TIDInet.
Bookings made through other systems which support TIDInet may have different rules.
Tourist Information Centres will continue to charge a 10% commission.
What equipment do I need?
As a minimum you need a mobile phone to allow us to inform you of bookings. If you have a
computer you can use the industry site, TIDIextra, to manage your allocation.
Will I need training?
If you have a reasonable grasp of the Internet you will be able to use TIDIextra. Assistance will
be available from the contact centre, TIDIdesk. Training will made be available and for those
who decide to change from being a TIDIdesk user to a TIDIextra user. No training is necessary
if you wish to use TIDIdesk to manage your allocation.
TIDInet operation
This section answers some questions about the way TIDInet can be used.
How do I update my allocation?
Allocation can be updated through either the contact centre - TIDIdesk - or on a special industry
website, TIDIextra – www.tidinet.com .
How do I receive bookings?
If you have a computer and are using TIDIextra you will receive an email containing booking
details. If not, you will receive a text message on your mobile phone. You may also choose to
receive both email and text message notifications.
Can I add more rooms to my TIDInet allocation?
If you are expecting increased interest in online bookings for a period of time, check your
TIDInet availability for the relevant dates. If not all of your rooms are currently available to
TIDInet, you may choose to increase the availability for these dates. However, you cannot
increase your availability beyond the number that is set up on TIDInet as the maximum for each
room type. This is the actual number of NITB certified rooms in your property and is set up for
you in advance by NITB. If you now have more rooms - for example, if you have extended the
building - contact NITB, who will verify the information and make any necessary changes to
your maximum availability.
Can I create my own price offers and discounts?
In future versions of TIDInet, you will have the ability to create your own pricing offers and
discounts. In the meantime, you can contact TIDIdesk, or NITB direct, if you have any specific
requirements.
Can I allocate all of my rooms or units to TIDInet?
Yes, but remember that, if you do this, it is particularly important that you amend your TIDInet
availability every time one or more of your rooms or units is booked outside of the TIDInet
system - for example, over the telephone.
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Glossary
Allocation
The number of rooms, or self catering units, that you make available to be sold through TIDInet.
Availability
The number of rooms, or self catering units, for which you do not have any bookings, and which
online customers can see as being instantly “available” to book.
BACS
Bank Automated Credit System. An electronic method of making payments directly from one
bank account to another.
Discount
A reduction to the cost of an offer.
Extranet
An exclusive Internet system that restricts access to a closed group of users by requiring them
to enter an authorisation, such as a Username and Password. TIDInet members who maintain
their accommodation records using a PC will do so by connecting to an Extranet called
TIDIextra.
Interface
The point of contact between a user and a computer – typically, the screens and controls that
enable you to use a computer system. The TIDIextra user interface consists of screens allowing
you to update your availability, set prices, etc.
Internet
A system of linked computer networks, international in scope, that facilitates the transfer of data
and communication services.
NITB
The Northern Ireland Tourist Board: a Non-Departmental Public Body within the Department of
Enterprise, Trade and Investment (DETI), with responsibility for the development, promotion
and marketing of Northern Ireland as a tourist destination. It also advises DETI on the
formulation of policy in relation to the development of tourism and is constituted under the
Tourism (Northern Ireland) Order 1992.
Offer
The basis on which a room or unit is sold: for example, per person sharing, single occupancy,
two nights B&B and one evening meal, weekly or weekend (for self catering), etc.
Online
Connected to the Internet.
PC
Personal Computer. A PC normally consists of a computer monitor (screen), a workstation
incorporating a CD drive, etc., and a modem (normally built in) to permit access to the Internet.
Price
The actual cost of an offer, which the online customer will pay for a room or unit. This price is
not set in stone as, in the TIDInet system, it can be easily amended either online or via
TIDIdesk.
Real Time
In TIDInet, a “real time” update is one which wil be immediately seen by other users/customers
of the system.
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RTP
Regional Tourism Partnership. These five public/private sector tourism bodies were established
in 1998 to assist with the international and domestic marketing of various regions of Northern
Ireland, via publications, Web Sites, exhibitions and promotions. The RTPs are currently:
Causeway Coast & Antrim Glens, Fermanagh Lakeland Tourism, Belfast Visitor & Convention
Bureau, Derry Visitor & Convention Bureau, and Armagh Down Tourism Partnership. TIDInet
membership is complimentary for RTP members.
TIC
Tourist Information Centre.
TIDIextra
An Extranet service that permits TIDInet members to allocate and maintain availability of rooms
or units for online sales, and to amend prices, add and update discounts and receive online
bookings to log and/or print out. TIDIextra is accessed via the Internet using a unique Username
and Password.
TIDInet
The Northern Ireland Tourist Board (NITB) online and TIC accommodation reservations system
for Northern Ireland.
TIDIdesk
A support service for TIDInet members, consisting of trained and skilled telephone and
PC operators. TIDIdesk can update your room/unit availability, amend prices, add and amend
discounts and packages, provide full details of current and past bookings and provide
technical support on the use of TIDIextra.
Unit
In TIDInet, this refers to a room or self catering unit as part of a premises. A unit is given a price
and can be allocated to TIDInet so that “live” availability can be provided to customers, allowing
them to make a booking decision.
Website
A collection of documents, or “pages”, on the World Wide Web.
World Wide Web
Commonly known as the “Web”: a collection of pages on the Internet that can be read and
interacted with by a computer.
Yield Management
The ability to maximise profit and minimise loss from a premises’ rooms or units, taking into
account factors such as availability, occupancy levels, market conditions, upcoming events,
tourist trends, competition in the area, etc. An example of good yield management is knowing
when and how much to discount room prices as the room or unit’s “sell by” time and date
approaches.
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This document can be made available
on request in Braille, audio, large print,
computer disk and pdf. Or download
text/pdf versions from www.tidinet.com.
E-Tourism Department
Northern Ireland Tourist Board
St Anne's Court
59 North Street
Belfast
BT1 1NB
Northern Ireland
Tel: (028) 9044 1552
Fax: (028) 9024 0960
Textphone: (028) 9089 5512
Email: [email protected]
Website: www.tidinet.com
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