Your website is there to promote your business, but if no-one can find your website, it can’t promote your business.
For the tourism industry and in particular accommodation providers, there are many sites out there dedicated to guiding prospects to your website.
These vary from accommodations directories to general tourism websites, with some offering free listings to some quite expensive options.
You may well want to consider paid for listings as they often offer more advanced features, however my main reason for this post is list the free ones that I have found in my web crawling.
I would encourage investigating these sites further and getting your own website listed on them.
Bottom Line – They’re FREE, so why wouldn’t you.
NEW Entry The name of Easy bed and Breakfasts at http://www.easybedandbreakfasts.co.uk/ suggests that the site is exclusively for bed and breakfast accommodation but the site provides a searchable directory of all sorts of accommodation and businesses.
www.selfcatering-directory.co.uk provide a searchable directory of self-catering accommodation properties throughout the UK registration page – http://www.selfcatering-directory.co.uk/register.asp
The same people provide a bed and breakfast accommodation directory at www.bedandbreakfast-directory.co.uk. You can register here – http://www.bedandbreakfast-directory.co.uk/register.asp
The Self Catering directory – http://www.e-selfcatering.com offer free listing with optional enhanced listing for a fee. Register for their free listing at – http://www.e-selfcatering.com/clients/add-your-accommodation.asp
Orkney Accommodation.org offer listing for properties in Orkney but are also part of Highland Accommodation.com listing properties in the Highlands. The registration page is at – http://www.highlandaccommodation.com/page7.html
Undiscovered Scotland – http://www.undiscoveredscotland.co.uk is a general online visitor guide to Scotland, they offer free and enhanced listings see the options here – http://www.undiscoveredscotland.co.uk/usabout/fblink.html
RoomFinderScotland as the name suggests is a directory of listing all types of accommodation in Scotland. Listing on this site is only free for the first year and then either £30 for 3 years or £45 for 3 years depending on the type of listing. Get started here – http://www.roomfinderscotland.co.uk/advertise.htm
Scottish Holidays http://www.scottishholidays.net is a directory for anything to do with holidays in Scotland. A Basic listing is free, they do ask for a reciprocal link but it isn’t mandatory. Create and account here – http://www.scottishholidays.biz
If you’re in Orkney, and running a tourism business if you’re not already listed in the Orkney Business Directory, you can download a copy of the business entry form (unfortunately applications are handled off line) from here – http://www.orkneycommunities.co.uk/businesses.asp Once your application is approved your business will be added to the paper directory and the website.
I’ve added a couple more websites below that don’t specifically say that they are free, but I suspect that they are or at worst are quite low cost.
The Internet Guide to Scotland – http://www.scotland-inverness.co.uk is a private managed guide to all things Scotland and includes accommodation and other tourism lists. To be added to their website you will need to send an email directly to the owner, details at http://www.scotland-inverness.co.uk/contact.htm
Scottish Highlands Explorer – http://www.scottish-highlands-explorer.com is website providing information and business listings relating to tourism throughout the Highlands and Islands of Scotland. Again advertising is via email application, details at – http://www.scottish-highlands-explorer.com/contact.asp