Hotel Online Press Releases
World’s Largest Providers of Hotel Front Desk Systems Link to WorldRes for Direct Internet Bookings
HITEC, BALTIMORE, MD, June 24 - MAI Systems and MICROS-Fidelio, the world's two largest providers of hotel property management systems (PMSs), have partnered with WorldRes, Inc. to enable hotels to receive reservations directlfrom consumers via Web sites. These partnerships vastly increase opportunities for direct, low-cost distribution for the thousands of hotels using MAI and MICROS-Fidelio systems.
WorldRes is the developer and operator of a new large-scale, Internet-based reservation system which provides hotels real-time booking capability on multiple Web sites, all through a single interface. This reservation system is linked directly to a growing number of major travel and destination Web sites, including Preview Travel (on America Online), Travelocity, Fujitsu's Wildbird site in Japan, and WorldRes' own Places To Stay hotel Web site (http://www.placestostay.com).
MAI and MICROS-Fidelio are including the WorldRes interface in all new systems and will provide the interface free of charge to selected installed systems. MAI hotel systems include CLS and HIS central reservation and property management systems, as well as Lodging Touch property management systems. The WorldRes interface is currently available for all CLS systems, and is expected to be available later this year for HIS and Lodging Touch systems. MICROS-Fidelio is making the interface available to their entire installed base of property management systems, including Suite 6, Suite 7 and the MICROS- Fidelios Central Reservation System.
"We currently work with almost 700 properties through our Web-based interface, and have thousands of additional properties under contract," said Eric Christensen, WorldRes' chief executive officer. "Many of these hotels use MAI and MICROS-Fidelio systems, and they want this direct, two-way interface to automatically receive reservations and update their inventory and rates on the WorldRes system. With these links, we'll now start working with MAI and MICROS-Fidelio hotels on implementing a broad range of public Internet and private direct extranet booking strategies, all based on the WorldRes platform."
George Bayz, president and ceo of MAI, decided to join forces with WorldRes to open up new distribution opportunities for his hotel clients. "We always seek to provide our customers with leading-edge technology that will make them more profitable. WorldRes' Internet distribution network and direct booking technology will help our clients increase their reservations and lower their distribution costs."
Jeff Edwards, president and ceo of MICROS-Fidelio International said, "We're looking at a broad range of direct booking opportunities over the Internet. WorldRes will be an integral part of the Internet distribution strategy we are implementing for our clients."
The WorldRes interface is based on a proposed industry standard for connectivity between hotels' central reservation and front desk systems. This standard, based on the Microsoft-sponsored WHIS standards project, is currently being developed and is awaiting approval by the American Hotel Motel Association's HITIS (Hospitality Industry Technology Interface Standards) committee. WorldRes, MAI and MICROS-Fidelio all expect to adopt the final HITIS-approved standard, and then use it to interface with other systems.
MAI Systems Corporation is a worldwide provider of total information systems solutions primarily for the hospitality industry. Headquartered in Irvine, California, MAI has offices worldwide, including the UK, the Netherlands, Hong Kong, Singapore and Mexico. MAI designs, sells and supports a wide variety of computer products, including CLS' Hotel CompuSystem II and the property management solutions of Hotel Information Systems (HIS) and LodgingTouch. Hotels that are using MAI systems and are interested in the WorldRes interface can contact Bill Geoghegan, director of Advanced Product Development, at (714) 598-6164 or e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
MICROS-Fidelio International is a wholly-owned subsidiary of MICROS Systems, Inc. (MICROS) and is located in Munich, Germany. Headquartered in Beltsville, PA, MICROS develops, markets and supports complete information technology solutions for the hospitality industry worldwide. MICROS stock is traded on NASDAQ under the symbol MCRS. Hotels that are using MICROS-Fidelio systems and are interested in the WorldRes interface can contact Bob Bennett, vice president Product Development & Strategic Planning at MICROS-Fidelio, at (301) 210-8000 X6561 or e-mail at email@example.com.
WorldRes, Inc. (http://www.worldres.com) founded in 1995, provides Internet sales and marketing technologies and services to hotel properties around the world, at no fixed cost. Using the latest Internet technology, WorldRes allows individual hotels and hotel companies to take reservations from multiple sources, using a single interface. WorldRes, with offices in San Mateo, California, and London, also operates the consumer travel Web site, Places To Stay (http://www.placestostay.com). Properties and hotel companies interested in enrolling in the WorldRes system can contact WorldRes sales at (415) 372-1700, or apply online on the WorldRes Web site.
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