What is Odirect?
Simply put Odirect is a source of information. Information about the hospitality industry in the United Kingdom. This includes hotels, guest houses, bed and breakfasts, self catering venues, wedding venues, conference venues, restaurants, golfing venues, tourist attractions and venues that have health and leisure facilities. It works by listing (complete with all of the venues' details) everything that is known to Odirect in the UK about each venue.
Odirect is also a resource of information for suppliers to the hospitality industry. It also allows businesses within the hospitality industry to advertise vacant positions they have on the main Odirect site, thereby allowing venues to use Odirect as a low cost way of acquiring staff.
Where does Odirect operate?
In the United Kingdom.
Who can use Odirect?
If you are a member of the public you may use Odirect and all of its services FREE of charge.
Any business may use it for business purposes, such as finding new suppliers, advertising for personnel and/or for taking bookings of any sort.
What does Odirect offer businesses?
Odirect offers room booking services for all of the venues on the system. These are available for use for a fee which is capped at £2 per booking (not at £2 per room or a percentage fee). Odirect offers both Food and Spa Menus for any venue who has leisure, spa or restaurant requirements. The Food and Spa Menus are FREE to use if you just want them to appear on the Odirect site, but cost £100 each a year for inclusion on your own site. They allow you to have as many menus as you want without any commissions on bookings taken. So, for example, if you had a Starter Menu, Main Course, Dessert Menu and Wine Menu it would cost £100 a year. If you wanted to add some Wedding Menus you are able to do so without any further charge. Similarly with Spa Menus you might have a Women's Treatment Menu, Men's Treatment Menu and a Hair Menu. The choices are yours. A complete Odirect Rate Card can be seen here.
How can Odirect do it?
Odirect does it through efficiency and nothing else. This efficiency is achieved through differing techniques which are principally computer based. Odirect also has a broad range of products and services which are not available from any other business. This means that not only do you benefit from advanced programming techniques but it also means Odirect does not make its profits from a single and solitary revenue stream. So, like a supermarket, we are able to lower the price in two ways. Firstly you are buying directly from the source. Secondly you have a broader, richer, more flexible set of products and services than any other business providing similar solutions. All at lower prices. It is simple and efficient.
How long has Odirect been operational?
The website was launched in 2003 and continues to grow in diversity and scope.