Amadeus has announced a new, direct connection between the Amadeus Property Management System (PMS) and Expedia, the online travel giant. The initiative is part of Amadeus’ effort to open up new sales channels to the hotel industry.
Amadeus said that nearly 32.5 million potential guests visit Expedia sites every month and in 2007 Expedia sold travel products and services worth more than $17 billion. The solution allows hotels to sell their rooms on Expedia direct from their Amadeus PMS.
Amadeus PMS now provides hotels with a single point from which they can manage their rates, availability and inventory on Expedia. This allows them to easily adjust room availability and pricing according to demand, and enables the use of dynamic pricing to optimize rate management and occupancy levels. 6,700 hotels in 75 countries currently use the Amadeus PMS.
Richard Kürzl, head of PMS division, Amadeus Hospitality Business Group said: “We are seeing property management systems converging with distribution, and distribution channels proliferating. In this environment, it makes sense for independent hotels and smaller chains to manage their distribution directly from the PMS. This solution gives them that facility and opens up one of the largest distribution channels for them.”
Amadeus also said that over 1,000 properties in 35 countries increased their revenue by four to eight percent using the Amadeus Revenue Management System. There are 6,700 hotel properties in 75 countries that use the Amadeus Property Management System and more than 78,000 hotels distribute their rooms to a global travel-buying market though Amadeus’ distribution solutions.