As of now, the only commission free booking engine I know of is buuteeq’s, which doesn’t interface and provides a nightmare for inventory management. The only interfaced to PMS, commission free booking engine that I have ever heard of or known is Mirage Hotel Systems, who built their own that they offer with their PMS, which is also my favorite. I wouldn’t hesitate to buy it, in a heart beat. It’s astonishing more PMS don’t do this to secure more clientele.

This is a really big question. I would love to see the industry really delve into this.  The transition from real world to online has been very fast, and a lot of the “infrastructure” is so much e-duct Continue Reading…

And here comes RoomKey… filling an empty space that the OTA’s have bungled. Here’s an article on Room Key, the hotel brand search engine. Upshot (summary via TNOOZ): Choice Hotels International, Hilton Continue Reading…

“With the like button, with Tripadvisor, and different applications… they will find their way. You can’t just dismiss the powerhouses of today just because they don’t have the right applications. That would be like dismissing Google in the past because the algorithm was a little off. You have got to understand that these companies have the bandwidth, the smarts, and the money – and travel is one of the largest if not *THE* largest online opportunity, vertical, and once they have their sights set on it, they will figure it out.”