Independent hotel and B&B reservations systems specialist eviivo has bought two software tools from a division of Expedia.
RezOvation and Webervations were owned by BedandBreakfast.com, a brand in the HomeAway vacation rentals arm of Expedia.
Eviivo said the acquisition will give customers of these travel management tools access to eviivo’s booking management platform.
The London-based firm said it will accelerate its entrance into the United States and Canada, through acquisition of established brands, with an existing customer base of innkeepers and accommodation providers.
RezOvation and Webervations clients will continue to work closely with HomeAway and Expedia Group to market their properties, through eviivo’s status as an existing preferred partner, and benefit from direct connection to new distribution partners.
As a result of the deal, eviivo will launch an upgraded version of its eviivo suite – a booking and channel management platform – for the North American market, including improved features for RezOvation and Webervations customers.
Michele Fitzpatrick, eviivo chief executive, said: “Eviivo has been a partner of Expedia Group’s for many years, so this is another building block in a great relationship.
“We were first to market a full content API with Expedia Group, and have launched innovative on-boarding processes and technologies together.
“We believe that eviivo suite will prove to be an excellent fit to the needs of Webervations and RezOvation customers, whilst deep integration with all major travel brands will help them increase their booking volumes.”
Ryan Hutchings, general manager BedandBreakfast.com, added: “HomeAway is the place to book cabins, beach homes, condos and everything in between, and software and tools for innkeeper customers represent a small part of our overall business.
“Eviivo is uniquely focused on bed and breakfasts, innkeepers, small hotels and independent hosts, and understand their needs deeply, making eviivo suite the ideal partner for Webervations and RezOvation users.
“This transaction will help us focus on helping travellers find the perfect place to stay for every trip, and generate more bookings for innkeepers, owners and managers, across our many vacation rental brands.”
Eviivo’s booking management platform is used by over 12,000 independent accommodation providers worldwide, and provides a simple way to manage guests, bookings and travel agencies.