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Pegasus Solutions Starts 2011 Setting Industry Record

As Hotel Transactions Reach New Highs, Pegasus Maintains More than a Two Decade History
of Technological Innovation and Proven Success


SCOTTSDALE, DALLAS and LONDON (March 8, 2011) – Pegasus Solutions started 2011 setting an industry record as international transactions processed by its UltraDirect® interface reached new highs, increasing nearly +20% over peaks seen last July. The company not only processed more than five billion transactions in January alone through the analyst-dubbed “distribution workhorse”, but also recorded facilitating a staggering $13 billion of revenue for its hotel customers worldwide in 2010.

“This has been an amazing time to be at the helm of Pegasus Solutions,” said Mike Kistner, chief executive officer of Pegasus Solutions. “In the last year alone, and leading into 2011, we’ve forged unprecedented relationships, leveraged the hotel switch in innovative ways and welcomed new customers around the world. As the hotel industry has recovered, we’ve enjoyed being the defining business-driving factor for many of our tens of thousands of customers worldwide with a variety of proven solutions.”

Pegasus announced a significant amount of new business contracts and solutions innovations during the year, while also reporting ongoing signs of economic recovery for both the business and leisure travel sectors in The Pegasus View. Noteworthy developments included:
  • Several major chains and independent properties signed on or renewed contracts across Pegasus business lines in 2010, including Marriott International, La Quinta Inns & Suites, Warwick International Hotels, Drury Hotels, Loews Hotels, Golden Tulip, Atlantica Hotels, The Gleneagles Hotel, Park Plaza Hotels, One&Only Resorts and Malmaison.
  • Additionally, the company and its solutions were recognized with three major technology awards, including the InfoWorld Top 100, InformationWeek 500 and CIO 100. Chief operating officer Ric Leutwyler was named one of the top extraordinary minds in sales and marketing by HSMAI, while hotel marketing campaigns earned two HSMAI Adrian Awards.
  • In a pioneering move, Pegasus reached a licensing agreement with HP Enterprise Services for its next generational enterprise delivery platform, RezView® NG. As a result, RezView NG will help HP accelerate its development of next generation consumer travel solutions for hospitality and airline clients.
  • The company launched a VAT (value-added tax) self-enrollment site to facilitate the formation of international VAT self-billing agreements between hotels and agents. In the tradition of social networking, the site allows hotels and agents to register with a VAT ID and request “connections” to enter into official 12-month VAT self-billing agreements.
  • Pegasus also introduced descriptive content pushes to the GDSs  (global distributions systems) based on feedback gathered from existing customers during its inaugural Next Generation Shopping Summit. Responding to a need articulated by suppliers and distributors to better merchandise the hotel experience, Pegasus offers a single point of entry and management for GDS and ADS (alternative distribution system) descriptive hotel content updates.
  • More than 25 major groups and chains are now on Pegasus’ award-winning RezView NG platform. Many are now experiencing growth in revenue – some as high as +90%.
“The business of capturing hotel bookings is in our DNA,” concluded Kistner. “As a company formed to connect supply and demand customers more than 20 years ago, we have continued to evolve and drive the industry forward to ensure new opportunities – ranging from mobile and social media to next generation technology – are available and effective in generating new business for hotels, chains and distributors worldwide.”
 
About Pegasus Solutions Inc. – Proud honoree of the InformationWeek 500, CIO 100 and InfoWorld Top 100
Pegasus Solutions is the world’s leading provider of technology and services to hotels and travel distributors, supplying the award-winning RezView® NG central reservation system, electronic distribution services, advanced agency commission processing and payment services, and hotel marketing representation services. Founded in 1989, Pegasus created and launched the hotel switch, and today its customers include approximately 90,000 properties around the globe as well as a majority of the world’s travel agencies. Additionally, Pegasus’ powerful representation arm incorporates Utell® Hotels & Resorts and Utell Connect services that have been chosen by more than 6,000 member hotels in more than 130 countries. Pegasus is the hotel industry’s most experienced third-party marketing, sales and reservations specialist. Pegasus also powers the niche consumer Web site www.hotelbook.com™, dedicated to promoting independent and boutique hotels throughout the world. Headquartered in Dallas, Pegasus has 21 offices in 12 countries, including regional hubs in London, Singapore and Scottsdale, Arizona. For more information, please visit www.pegs.com or www.utell.com
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