Leading UK accommodation provider Discover Travel & Tours has expanded its online hospitality supply portfolio by acquiring the accommodation only specialist, Bedsearcher.
The development expands the online marketing reach of hospitality providers already partnered with Bedsearcher and offers additional room bookings and higher occupancy rates to accommodation businesses keen to gain extra trade.
Discover Travel & Tours also operates Discover Global Bookings, whose web-based booking platform feeds into all four travel trade global distribution systems (Amadeus, Galileo, Sabre and Worldspan) via a reservation and distribution technology switch. Discover Global Bookings also exploits a variety of digital distribution channels to ensure a client reach of over 5,000 consumer-led holiday websites worldwide. Website coverage includes market leaders such as Travelocity and Orbitz.
Andrew Grieve, managing director of Discover Travel & Tours, explained that the addition of Bedsearcher complements and adds value to the Discover Global Bookings division because both brands will be able to expand further into the tourism and business accommodation marketplaces by sharing and developing resources. “Bedsearcher.co.uk is an excellent product that delivers room bookings to bed and breakfasts, guesthouses and hotels across the UK.
“The Bedsearcher brand will expand and develop further with the backing of Discover Travel & Tours. The marketplace reach of Bedsearcher will be extended to a substantial global client base as it will use the same advanced web-based accommodation platform that has been developed specially for our successful Discover Global Bookings division.
“It’s an excellent development for hospitality providers who promote their properties through Bedsearcher as not only are we going to marketing to the UK holiday maker but they are now getting significantly more exposure to overseas visitors who want to stay in friendly British establishments that offer a warm welcome and great value accommodation.”
Options available to Bedsearcher partners are being extended so that proprietors can promote special promotions and packages and highlight particularly attractive features on offer to guests who are able to make Bedsearcher bookings online or reserve a room by telephone.
In addition hospitality providers partnering with Bedsearcher will be able to take advantage of an extensive range of e-commerce and e-marketing services such as website design and website optimisation that are integral and bespoke to Discover Global Bookings. The options available offer accommodation providers the opportunity to showcase properties to best effect without the need for technical expertise.
Unlike other hospitality trade marketing and internet booking services, Bedsearcher partners face absolutely no up-front charges for the services provided. Charges are restricted to a competitive industry standard commission on the bookings generated and no annual or monthly charges apply.
Bedsearcher clients will also benefit from the extensive Discover Travel & Tours infrastructure which will offer enhanced help and assistance to any queries hospitality providers have about services available.