How does the LDS work?
The BookingCenter LDS creates business models around local travel networks. Similar to the Global Distribution System (GDS), the LDS works on a regional and/or interest–focused basis that taps into an unlimited number of Suppliers, Agents and Resellers who do business within the LDS.
BookingCenter publishes the rates, inventory, and content (images, policies, marketing messages, etc.) of each LDS property (optional) to the GDS systems (Galileo, WorldSpan, Amadeus, and Sabre) as well as over 100,000 travel websites (OTAs) where customers are buying.
The LDS derives a commission, subscription, or flat fee from bookings made through their booking network.
Earning Revenue from the LDS
Commissions from Bookings
BookingCenter licenses and hosts the technology to empower the LDS business model – negotiated commission, flat rate, and/or subscription fee. The fee depends upon who collects the commissions and from what network (Pegasus, Booking.com, GDS, Zuji, Orbitz, AOL Travel Channel, etc) the booking was transacted. A sampling of Global Booking Network Partner sites can be viewed here.
Commissions from Software Sales
The LDS Partner receives a commission from each sale of a BookingCenter product or service. For details on BookingCenter software products and packages, click here.
Sign–up and Hosting Fees for the Booking Service
Each property can provide real–time bookings direct from their Web site as well as from the LDS site and from the Global Booking Network. Many LDS Partners charge hosting and sign–up fees to properties for the setup and maintenance of this real–time service.
Recurring Service Fees
Each property has the option to purchase additional BookingCenter services, such as Point–of–Sale solutions, Call Accounting, Owners Reporting, Remote Backups, and Analytics. LDS partners receive a percentage of these recurring service revenues while their properties get the benefits of a complete, automated solution.
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