in Development of hotelbook.com
|SCOTTSDALE, Ariz., October 12, 2005 - Interactive
Sites Inc. described today the key role it played in the development of
the new hotelbook.com tm site, launched
in July by Pegasus Solutions, Inc. (Nasdaq: PEGS).
hotelbook.com is focused on independent hotels with unique personalities and small hotel groups with one-of-a-kind properties. Through the site's broad range of search criteria, travelers can identify the best possible hotels to meet their needs. Users also have the option to save results for future reference in a "My Hotels" section of the site, allowing for quick access to previous search results to enhance the decision-making process.
The Custom Software Solutions Unit at Interactive Sites integrated the Pegasus booking engine and provided the engineering work for the site, which offers travelers a wide range of independent hotels-more than 5,000 properties in more than 140 countries.
"The skills of the team at Interactive Sites dovetailed with our own, which helped immensely as we developed the site together. hotelbook.com was able to launch with the cutting-edge Web features that consumers expect, and the site has already received very favorable reviews. We appreciate the role Interactive Sites played in engineering hotelbook.com," said Peter Hazel, vice president of product management for Pegasus.
"We have seen a marked increase in requests for custom solutions from companies looking to gain competitive advantage by enhancing their online propositions. Our Custom Software unit provides highly functional, enterprise-level solutions that go well beyond the scope and complexity of the average Web site. When various information systems do not communicate with one another, we bring that data into a single point of access that provides site visitors with a consistent and rewarding experience. In doing so, we are helping our customers maximize the value of their data," commented James Carr, CTO of Interactive Sites.
The Custom Software Solutions unit has been a natural evolution for Interactive Sites, which already has an impressive history designing award-winning Web sites for the industry world-wide. It also has a range of proprietary software products that are specifically designed to increase revenues and staff productivity. At the helm is the Hands-On Web Content Management System, an easy-to-use Web site management tool that enables non-technical users to maintain a dynamic Web presence without compromising site design or functionality.
In addition, Interactive Sites possess a range of "Canned Apps" that simply bolt on to their CMS platform, providing basic and advanced e-business functionality for non-technical users. Groups and meetings business uses PlanIt Online, a private-label application that allows meeting planners to communicate directly with a sales team, and ShareIt Online, a Web-based lead referral and tracking system that allows hotels to share unfulfilled group business leads with affiliated properties.
About Interactive Sites
Interactive Sites is a leading developer of Web-based products and software solutions for the hospitality industry. Interactive Sites has been providing online revenue generating solutions for more than 12 years to more than 14,000 hotels, resorts and casinos worldwide. It provides award-winning Web site design and development, Web content management (Hands-OnT Web CMS), online groups & meetings management applications (PlanIt OnlineT, ShareIt OnlineT), search engine marketing and optimization and also permission-based e-mail marketing (I-PromotionsT). For more information please contact Interactive Sites at 480-707-1600, or visit www.interactivesites.com.
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 more than 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, including the consumer Web site, hotelbook.com(TM) . The company's representation services, including Utell by Pegasus(TM) and Unirez by Pegasus(TM) , are used by nearly 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.
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