SiteMinder unveils ‘plug and play’ link for hotel systems

Accommodation distributor SiteMinder has unveiled software that links its online booking channels to a hotel’s property management and central reservation systems.

SiteMinder managing director Mike Ford said the solution, dubbed pmsXchange for property management and crsXchange for central reservations, provides a ‘Plug & Play’ platform for PMS and CRS vendors to seamlessly integrate into the company’s channel management technology.

This allows hotels to control their online inventory including dynamic rates and availability directly while instantly receiving online bookings.

“With online bookings growing rapidly, SiteMinder has introduced the innovative Xchange software program to give the accommodation industry broader and faster connections to online booking channels around the world,” Ford said.

“Our pmsXchange and crsXchange technologies now allow any PMS or CRS system to instantaneously access the world’s leading online booking sites through one single web services interface.

And he claimed: “There is no other system on the market that can offer this degree of ‘plug and play’ technology with the speed, reliability, supportability and track record that SiteMinder can offer.

“Not only is this a massive cost reducer for the PMS vendor, but it enhances their own product’s appeal significantly. Properties using PMS or CRS systems that connect to our Xchange platform receive reservations from all channels instantaneously, meaning there is no longer a need to re-key online booking reservation emails.

“The bottom line is a faster and easier booking process that benefits hotels, PMS companies, booking sites and in the end, consumers, whose reservations are finalised quicker and with less hassle.”

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