Now is the time to start boosting your propery’s online distribution and BookingCenter is here to assist!
Let us introduce you to Online Distribution of Rooms, Rates, and Availability to the global community! Many properties are keenly familiar or capable of navigating the throws of Online Distribution of property management. But did you know you could manage a variety of online distribution vehicles directly from your BookingCenter PMS?
How does online distribution work? The Global Booking Network is what BookingCenter refers to all distribution vehicles carrying your rooms, rates, availability beyond your own property’s website.
What is BookingCenter’s role in online distribution? BookingCenter offers seamless connections from your BookingCenter management tool to multiple distribution vehicles including the Global Distribution System (GDS) and a large number of Online Travel Agents (OTA)!
What does this connection between the GDS/OTAs and BookingCenter mean for you? Managing rates and availability is easy in your PMS as automatic updates are uploaded to the GDS/OTA. In return, bookings received through these distribution vehicles are automatically downloaded into your PMS and adjusts your availability.
Results-Based Recommendation: Ever since BookingCenter has offered interfaces with online distribution vehicles, we have watched our properties exponentially gain a larger piece of the travel-market in their location. In the past year, we have seen the most growth in reservations for our properties by diversifying online participation to not only the GDS, but to OTA Contract Rates, Trip Advisor, Managed and Corporate Rates, and Negotiated Rates.
We are excited to recommend these distribution vehicles to you as we have seen proof of their success for our BookingCenter properties!
Click Below to Learn How These Programs Can Increase your Property’s Reservations:
GDS and OTA Contract Rates: The Global Distribution System (GDS) is an international, interconnected network of traditional travel agents and online travel agent (OTA) websites. This vehicle offers a very wide marketing approach, as over 8500 travel agent sites and databases have access to your property’s information. An OTA Contract Rate is a narrow marketing approach, offering a direct contract between your property and one Online Travel Agent. This can be strategic as there are many perks that are offered your property because of that direct agreement. When these two are combined, it offers a comprehensive global and targeted approach to online distribution.
How to Get Started Selling Online:
Step 1: Sign up for a GDS/OTA Network connection.How to Enroll In GDS/OTA Connection Networks to Sell Online
Step 2: Determine whether you want to participate in an OTA Contract Rate Program with Booking.com, Expedia, Orbitz, Travelocity, Hotwire, Priceline, or RDX. OTA Contract Rates: What OTA Contract Rate Programs Does BookingCenter Interface (Connect) With?
Step 3: Complete your property profile in MyPMS.
Step 4: Allocate the Room Types, availability and rates in the WR Agent (the Global Booking Network Agent in MyPMS Agent Relationships) or to your OTA Agents. Managing Rates and Availability to your Front Desk, Website, GDS and Global Booking Networks via MyPMS
Already Selling Online? Here a few tips:
- I already have OTA Extranets, but want to interface with my BookingCenter PMS: Switching an Existing OTA Contract Rate Connection to BookingCenter
- I already have a GDS Connection, but want more: Online Bookings: How to Get More GDS/Online Bookings
- I want something alternative:
- I have both the GDS and OTA Contract Rates but am looking for more tips for online booking management: GDS and OTA Connections: Best Practices, Tips and Help Articles
If you have any questions, contact Rebecca Mealer at firstname.lastname@example.org