GDSs roll out hotel commission tracker tools

Technology and GDS providers Sabre and Amadeus have launched hotel commission tracking tools services for agents.

The pair have partnered with Seville-based company Worldwide Payment Systems to build the products, which will both be unveiled at the HEDNA conference in Florida next week.

The Worldwide Commission Manager – the name for both products – will be available to agents and hotel operators and allow them to facilitate easy tracking of commission payments.

The Sabre system will include details of 76,000 hotel properties while Amadeus will cover around 70,000.

Sabre Travel Network senior vice president for EMEA, Richard Adams, said: “Managing commissions and dealing with payment enquiries has been one of the biggest booking bug-bears facing both travel agencies and hotel operators.”

“By providing this solution we hope to ease the situation for all concerned, stimulate travel agencies to boost the number of hotel bookings they make in the GDS, and so make Sabre a preferred distribution method for hotel operators.”

For Amadeus, head of hotel distribution, Pierre Matuchet, said: “Travel agents will feel they have visibility and control, and are able to judge which hotels are the most reliable partners.

“Amadeus has taken the step of launching Worldwide Commission Manager because we believe it will make a real contribution to the development of the industry.”

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