Hotel Industry on the Rebound

Nov 13, 2015

After being in a slump, the hotel industry is finally seeing an upsurge. Experts are saying the shift is due to several factors such as; the economic recovery, easier and less expensive hotel bookings, changes in demographics, demand for more properties, and international demand.  A recent Forbes report shows that hotel owners are making more revenue per room. Occupancy rates are predicted to rise to 64.9 percent for this year, which is the highest rate since 1984. And growth is expected to continue throughout the decade. While the hotel market is rebounding, owners must consider upgrading their payment processing systems to capitalize on this trend.

Dramatic increases in hotel occupation are generally seen in areas that are considered entry points. Each gateway city is experiencing an upswing due to their own unique properties, but a notable commonality between them is tech transformation. According to Forbes, travelers want less interaction with hotel staff but seek more from hotels like faster internet. In gateway cities, travelers may also spend less time indoors and don’t mind smaller rooms. This gives smaller chains a fighting chance against large hotel brands. Still they prefer easy, electronic check in and check out processes along with quick electronic booking. As a result, online travel agencies (OTAs), like Expedia and are rapidly gaining market share with hotel bookings.

President and CEO of LaSalle Hotel Properties, Michael Barnello, notes that more consumers are moving toward styling hotel offerings as opposed to the old-school, one-size-fits-all approach. With this positive trend, many in the hospitality sector have been given access to more debt. Still investors are told to carefully examine potential investments before signing contracts.

Even though the hotel industry is recovering, traditional payment processors still charge hotel merchants higher fees and rates than other mechants. Hotels are considered a high risk venture due to high instances of fraud. Hotels have become extremely susceptible to cyber-attacks. Recent security breaches of major hotel franchises have made even more payment processors nervous. EMB knows how to manage high risk accounts and will charge fair prices for payment processing. The experienced payment processors at offer premium hotel credit card processing and security.

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Having a merchant account allows an account holder to take advantage of merchant cash advances. When a merchant is approved for an advance, the business agrees to receive a lump sum of cash in exchange for an agreed-upon percentage of future credit card sales.

Pricing varies depending on the merchant’s industry, past credit card processing history, the type of business seeking the account, average ticket sales, and average transaction volumes.

Yes, EMB works with merchants who are building their credit, as well as those who have poor credit. EMB also approves merchants that have no credit card processing history and businesses that have lost their merchant accounts due to high chargebacks.

Several factors influence a merchant’s risk level. Though only one factor likely will not get a merchant classified as high risk, a combination of these may: business size, location, and industry, credit score, credit card processing history, a industry’s reputation for excessive chargebacks, a prior history of high chargeback ratios, and whether a merchant exclusively sells online.

Virtual terminals are stationed on a merchant’s website, making it easy for customers to make a payment or purchase online. Merchants or a payment processor can easily set up virtual terminals, so online businesses can accept credit and debit card and e-check transactions.

A merchant account is a business account with an acquiring bank. Without this business account, which actually works more like a line of credit, a merchant cannot accept and process credit and debit card transactions. Businesses need a merchant account to accept major credit cards via a static point-of-sale terminal, mobile card reader, or through a virtual payment gateway.

After filling out EMB’s simple online application and submitting any necessary, requested documents, many merchants get approved within 24 and 48 hours.

EMB specializes in working with high-risk merchants. EMB works with many merchants, including but not limited to businesses in these industries: gambling and gaming, adult entertainment, nutraceuticals, vaping and e-cigarettes, electronics, tech support, travel, high-end furniture, weight loss programs, calling cards, e-books and software, and telecommunications.

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