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NORTHWIND Maestro Announces Two-Way Expedia Direct Connect Interface, Reduces Booking Costs for Independents

September 14, 2013 Technology No Comments Email Email

NORTHWIND, provider of Maestro™ Enterprise Property Management, announced it completed development of a two-way booking interface to Expedia’s family of reservation websites.

The new Expedia interface reduces operators’ overall online booking costs and provides multiple rate setting and availability controls. The two-way interface is available for Maestro PMS client implementation today. Click here to learn more about Maestro’s solutions for profitability and productivity.

Interface Reduces Booking Costs With Direct Expedia Reservations

“Expedia is an important booking source for NORTHWIND clients,” said Warren Dehan, President of NORTHWIND-Maestro PMS. “According to Expedia, between five and 10 percent of the occupied hotel room nights in the U.S. are booked through their channels. The new Maestro two-way Expedia booking interface gives our clients greater rate and availability control for this valuable reservation source. The interface also reduces overall booking costs for Expedia reservations.” Dehan said gI_84800_ExpediaNORTHWIND developed the interface in response to user requests.

Expedia operates approximately 140 travel booking websites including Hotwire.com, CarRentals.com, Hotels.com, Classicvacations.com, and over 100 smaller regional “Affiliate Network” private-label travel websites. Expedia estimates one of every 20 hotel room nights in the U.S. is booked through Expedia. In metro markets like New York and Las Vegas, the share is as high as one in 10.

“In the past, NORTHWIND’s channel partners provided access to Expedia reservation booking, but there were additional fees with each channel,” Dehan said. “Our two-way Expedia interface gives Maestro PMS users a direct channel that is a more cost-effective way for guests to book through Expedia.” NORTHWIND developed easy-to-use input screens for the new interface that let operators upload rates and availability in multiple formats. Properties can now provide Expedia with sell rates, net rates, and flexible room allocations. Maestro’s two-way interface offers greater rate and inventory allocation control so hotels can manage availability and rates more precisely to maximize revenue from their Expedia bookings.

“The two-way Expedia interface will reduce reservation costs and increase revenue for operators,” Dehan said. “Direct Expedia bookings take advantage of all the valuable, unique capabilities Expedia channels offer. Maestro PMS users can call us to implement the interface today.”

For a demo of the Maestro Property Management Suite featuring the ResWave Booking Engine, please contact NORTHWIND at 1.888.667.8488 or email info(at)maestropms(dot)com.

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