What is the meaning / definition of Distribution Strategy in the hospitality industry?
Distribution Strategy determines when and through which channels to sell hotel rooms based upon an analysis of the costs of acquisition of the individual channel.
All of the costs of acquisition of each individual channel will be considered and calculated before the hotel finalise the list of channel distribution they will be using.
There is wide range of channels a hotel can sell his rooms though. The main ones which should be considered are Global Distributions Systems (GDS) and Consortia, Travel Agents and Tour Operators, OTAs, DMCs, Tourist Offices & Convention Bureaus. Not to forget Sales Representatives and of course the own (optimised) Hotel Website.