Help Travelers Discover Unique Hotel Finds
|DALLAS - July 25, 2005 -- A new travel Web site called hotelbook.com(TM)
(http://www.hotelbook.com/) dedicated to helping travelers discover and
book unique, independent hotels around the world was officially launched
today by Pegasus Solutions Inc. (Nasdaq:PEGS), the company that first pioneered
online hotel booking in 1994.
Focused on independent hotels that have unique personalities and small hotel groups with one-of-a-kind properties, hotelbook.com features rich search criteria that allow travelers to identify the best possible hotels to meet their travel needs.
"Although many travelers are loyal to the major chains, some prefer to stay at independent hotels," explained Pegasus COO Bob Boles. "Additionally, some of the more exotic destinations around the world do not have major chains represented. For these reasons, we designed hotelbook.com to allow travelers who want something special in their accommodations to find hotels with their preferred amenities quickly using a combination of more than 30 separate search criteria."
Search criteria at hotelbook.com include country, city and region, as well as:
"Consumers are becoming more comfortable booking their accommodations online," Boles noted. "In fact, online hotel bookings now account for one in five bookings, up from one in 12 just three years ago. Hotelbook.com enables independent hoteliers, who have a uniquely valuable product to offer, to compete with the major brands in attracting these travelers -- especially those who have a more independent spirit and who are looking for something different."
Hotelbook.com also provides detailed destination information for locations where it has hotels, including information on local events, climate, airlines that serve the destination, passport and visa requirements, and currency rates. The site includes hotels in 144 different countries and 1,564 cities, with 2,000 of them in the Americas, 2,500 in Europe and more than 500 in the Asia/Pacific region.
Pegasus defines an independent or boutique hotel as one that is not affiliated with any corporately run, franchise or chain program. The hotels may be members of small groups, but the name of the hotel is generally unique to that hotel. Hotelbook.com is promoted as The Official Site of Independent Hotels, and with its tagline, asks travelers to "Stay Independent."
About Pegasus Solutions
Dallas-based Pegasus Solutions, Inc. (Nasdaq:PEGS) 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 nearly 60,000 hotel properties around the globe. Pegasus'
services include central reservation systems, electronic distribution services,
commission processing and payment services, and marketing representation
services. The company's representation services, including Utell by Pegasus(TM)
and Unirez by Pegasus(TM), are used by more than 7,000 member hotels in
140 countries, making Pegasus the hotel industry's largest third-party
marketing and reservations provider. Pegasus has 18 offices in 13 countries,
including regional hubs in London, Scottsdale and Singapore. For more information,
please visit www.pegs.com.
Pegasus Solutions, Inc.
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