Published on : Friday, January 17, 2014
To cost-effectively expand its distribution reach across the globe, Indra has added SiteMinder as a channel partner. Indra’s integration with SiteMinder and its crsXchange — which was completed in less than two weeks — expands the company’s channel reach from the world’s leading online booking sites to the smallest online travel agencies.
Indra is a global technology company operating in more than 110 countries and the third largest IT company in Europe. Indra provides technology and services to airlines, hotels, online travel agencies and tour operators. Its integrated “Travel Management Suite for Hotels” offers unsurpassed functionality for any business area. “TMS for CRS” and “TMS for
Connectivity” are two modules within Indra’s “TMS for Hotels” suite. These reservation modules enable hotels to increase their visibility easily and affordably, and share rates and inventory in real-time with a multitude of third-party distributors via direct connections, and now with the addition of the SiteMinder Channel Manager. In addition, Indra can support both the “push” and “pull” connectivity options.
SiteMinder Channel Manager provides two-way XML connections to the world’s leading booking websites from one central cloud application, ensuring that properties of all sizes can maximize their online exposure, increase revenue and reduce the time and cost it takes to update rooms. The SiteMinder Channel Manager is trusted and used by thousands of properties in more than 105 countries.
“We are thrilled to be in partnership with SiteMinder, bringing its Channel Manager solution to our portfolio of hotels,” said Connie Rheams, Indra senior vice president. “Channel Manager will enable our customers to increase their online presence and offer real time prices and availability for all room types through system connectivity. SiteMinder delivers all reservations instantly into a hotel’s PMS through its plug-and-play pmsXchange technology, thereby streamlining the online booking process and reducing data input and errors for staff can.
“The Hoteles Catalonia hotel chain in Spain is one of our first ‘TMS for Hotels’ customers to benefit from this integration,” she said. “Through SiteMinder, Hoteles Catalonia’s 45 properties are increasing bookings and revenues by driving qualified leads from channels they previously didn’t have access to. This partnership will enable us to expand our services to all hotels looking for greater control over their rates and inventory while wanting expanded channel reach to the masses.”
The Indra/SiteMinder partnership ensures:
* Two-way integration to a hotel’s PMS
* Rate parity through all sites
* Management of online inventory from one place, saving hours updating
* Reduced risk of over-bookings
“We are delighted to add Indra to our network of integration partners,” said Brendon Rogers, SiteMinder General Manager in Europe. “We are amazed at how quickly the integration process was completed; it’s a true testament to the flexibility of the easily configurable TMS for Hotels solution. Indra truly provides a smarter way for hoteliers to work across their entire business platform. When you add SiteMinder to the equation, we are helping their customers to better engage with the world through expanded online bookings and an integrated sales channel.”