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Kuoni Destination Management Taps Pegasus Solutions
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DALLAS (September 2, 2008) – Pegasus Solutions, Inc. has signed an agreement to provide UltraDirect distribution services to Kuoni Destination Management, a division of the Kuoni Group and leader in the world travel market. Use of UltraDirect will place Kuoni Destination Management in a position to expand business with new distribution and improved content for its customers.

With more than 60 sales and destination management organizations, Kuoni Destination Management offers land arrangements to tour operators, travel agencies, airlines, meeting planners, incentive specialists, event agencies, congress organizers and cruise companies. In addition to groups, Kuoni Destination Management provides land arrangements for individual travelers, which are sold to tour operators, agents and brokers via its own online channel.

With this breadth of offering, Kuoni Destination Management requires sophisticated distribution management to capitalize on multiple potential revenue streams, according to Tore Wick, vice president of business development for Pegasus.

“UltraDirect will allow Kuoni Destination Management to enhance its online reservation platform KOBRA with a direct link to hotel central reservation systems, which will allow the company to offer last room availability using the published commissionable room rates,” said Wick. “This means the company can work with any of their hotels or agents to easily and efficiently source and offer what travelers are looking for, breaking through barriers of coordinating access and availability.”

UltraDirect will provide Kuoni Destination Management’s direct connections to hotel central reservation systems (CRS) through the Pegasus Switch, providing real-time access to CRS information. The technology also enables fast, immediate confirmation of booking and cancellation requests, and secure access to negotiated rates. 

“Kuoni Destination Management has an enhanced position in markets outside Europe,” said Ivan Walter, Head of Global FIT at Kuoni Destination Management. “With more than 2,000 employees and subsidiaries around the world, it’s important for us to keep our packages fresh by using consistent and current information. UltraDirect gives us the control, speed and security we need to do this right.”

About Kuoni Travel Ltd.
Zurich-based Kuoni Travel Holding Ltd. is one of Europe’s leading tourist travel corporations. Since its founding in 1906 by Alfred Kuoni, the company has steadily and systematically developed a strong position in the world travel market, today having branch operations in 27 countries, and employing 8,000 employees. Kuoni Destination Management, a business division of the Kuoni Group, provides international tour operators professionally organized land arrangements on a global scale. For more information, visit www.kuoni.com or www.kuoni-dmc.com
 

About Pegasus
Pegasus Solutions, Inc. is a global leader in providing technology and services to hotels and travel distributors. Founded in 1989, Pegasus’ customers include a majority of the world’s travel agencies and more than 86,000 hotel properties around the globe. Pegasus’ services include central reservation systems, electronic distribution services, commission processing and payment services, and marketing representation services, including the consumer Web site, www.hotelbook.com™. The company’s representation services, including Utell® Hotels & Resorts and Unirez by Pegasus™, are used by nearly 11,000 member hotels in more than 130 countries, making Pegasus the hotel industry’s largest third-party marketing and reservations provider. Pegasus has 18 offices in 11 countries, including regional hubs in London, Singapore and Scottsdale, Arizona. For more information, please visit www.pegs.com or www.utell.com.


 
Contact:

Ariel Herr for Pegasus
1 (214) 890-7912
aherr@fortepr.com

 

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