Hotel Online  Special Report

Electrobug Offers “Light” Versions of
Rate Check for Small Independents
LONDON --  June 6, 2005 - In an effort to enable smaller hotels to get access to rate intelligence on themselves and competitors, Electrobug Technologies has created two additional versions of Rate Check for small independent hotels.  These versions offer the core functionality of a rate monitoring tool at discounted rates.

“While rate intelligence tools like ours have been extremely popular with large city hotels, we think smaller regional hotels have a similar need, and have been held back by high price tags and complex user interfaces” says Mark Heynen, Managing Director of Electrobug.  “Anyone who distributes inventory online and on the GDS needs to know what rates are being displayed to the buyer.  But some people only need a snapshot once a week, and some only look at the next three months, and that is where our light versions come in.”

In addition to its market leading ProPlus solution, currently in use at a number of large chains and city hotels around the world, Electrobug has launched Pro and Basic versions.  The main difference between these versions is that Basic runs off of a weekly update of rates, and ProPlus runs real-time searches for up to 90 days out.  They also come with discounts of up to 40% off the standard Electrobug price, and up to 70% off of competitor products.  The company said full details of the different versions can be found on

The company said the main rationale behind the launch is the large proportion of independent hotels in Europe, as opposed to large proportion of chain hotels in the US.  “European hospitality thrives on dynamic independent hotels, and we wanted to create a suitable product for them.” says Mark.

Electrobug  (, is the only rate intelligence product on the market that allows both instantaneous ad hoc requests for realtime rates, and provides a copy of the actual page on which the rate was published.  This has proven to be incredible popular with hotels, as it allows them to see their and their competitors full rate structure, along with other rates and room types, surcharges, and breakfast and tax details.   Electrobug also offers a 30 day money-back guarantee on its products, making the signup process virtually risk free.  This complements Electrobug’s Rate Change, Rate Parity Control, and Group product.

“Caesar conquered Gaul by dividing it into three parts.  By dividing Rate Check into three parts, we plan to be just as effective, although hopefully not meet his gruesome fate.” concluded Mark.


Electrobug Technologies
Mark Heynen
Managing Director
23-24 George Street
Richmond, Surrey
United Kingdom
tel: +44 (0) 20 8973 2090

Electrobug, Inc.
230 Ridge Road
Highland Park, IL  60035
(866)978-4881 toll-free in U.S.
(847)579-1883 Fax

Also See: Pegasus Implements Electrobug Technology to Support Innovative RateChecker Service; Rate Intelligence Service for Utell by Pegasus Member Hotels Provides Advanced Technology for Online Tracking of Competing Room Rates / March 2005
Electrobug’s Rate Check Adopted by Eurostars Hotels / March 2005
Rafaelhoteles Selects Electrobug’s Rate Check / February 2005
Electrobug Appoints Bruce W. Mainzer to Head New North American Office; Electrobug Expands Rate Intelligence Services for U.S. and Canadian Hotels / December 2004
Electrobug Launches Rate Change & Rate Parity Control, Offering Hotels One-Click Rate Parity / November 2004

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