Hotel GDS Description – how to get it right?

The GDS still is, and will most likely remain, a noteworthy channel for ARI distribution and reservations for hotels. Both recreation and corporate travel operators utilize it to search and book hotels. Numerous OTA sites likewise utilize the GDS for room stock. Hence, it is critical that your hotel is available on GDS.

We have put together a few tips and tricks on how hotels are getting the most out of their GDS channels through descriptive content. The Hotel GDS Description (HOD) goes about as your hotel’s electronic leaflet. It is conceivably your brand brochure for tour operators and travel agents to access and get all the pertinent details with your property description, hotel amenities and data about neighborhood attractions etc. Here are the top GDS HOD Tips:

  1. General hotel description – Try to keep your hotel description very targeted – put the hotel USPs and try to provide key differentiators and why a guest must chose your hotel over competitor’s.
  2. Facilities and Services – List out all your amenities and services – provide restaurant details, timings, cuisine along with details of in-house services like salon, spa, gym, pool etc. Also, drop in a line about safety and security as these tend to be a key concern today.
  3. Area Information: Mention any specific locational advantage you might have. Or else list out the nearby attractions to draw interest. Whether your hotel is downtown or near the airport, remember to put your Geo code for correct location identification.
  4. Property Address – Make sure you put your hotel’s full address and zip code correctly. Sabre uses the official street address to geocode the property. If you don’t have a street number, use 1, to ensure better visibility and bookability.
  5. Driving Directions – Provide details on the easiest way to reach your property, whether it is from the airport, train or bus stations or from downtown. Also, provide a phone number in case a guest is stuck and wants to connect to the hotel.
  6. Room Type Name – GDS’s provide 30 characters to cover this, so be creative. But remember to make sure that it’s easy to understand the room type by the name you provide to it.
  7. Room Type Description – Try to use this section to attract your guests with room details and inclusions like in-room coffee machine, free wi-fi, luxury bathing products, etc. The description should also adhere to the kind of property it is – luxury, corporate, budget etc.
  8. Presentation – It is best to keep the description language crisp and fluid. Travel agents prefer short sentences or bulleted description. It helps to capture relevant points while covering all the necessary information.
  9. Nearby Attractions – Include details about attractions in the area, timings, distance and directions to the place. This makes your hotel more appealing and train your concierge or front office staff to have details about shows /tickets at these attractions.

Keep your Hotel GDS Description up to date. Whenever you introduce a new service or roomtype or if there are new attractions nearby, remember to update your hotel description. Always provide correct information and present in a nice and concise manner. Always keep your USPs on the top to catch the attention of the travel agents.

eRevMax completes 2-way integration with ResAvenue


Hotel connectivity expert eRevMax has completed integration with ResAvenue, a popular online hospitality solution provider in India. The integration will facilitate hotels using ResAvenue to update rates and availabilities directly to their brand.com through RateTiger and RTConnect interface. 
Mumbai based ResAvenue is a ‘plug and play’ booking engine & CRS offering multi-lingual responsive and personalized booking experience to over 1000 hotel customers in South Asia and Middle East. The 2-way interface enables eRevMax to capture and deliver online direct bookings to the hotel PMS instantaneously, thereby eliminating manual handling of reservation notification and chances of overbooking. 
A hotel can augment its revenue stream with the establishment of smooth and seamless connectivity between the property and its other partners in the distribution ecosystem. ResAvenue is thrilled about the deep integration via 2-way connectivity between eRevMax, the leading online distribution technology provider, and our ResAvenue CRS. This collaboration effectively harnesses the potential of cutting-edge hospitality technologies to automate distribution and boost the hotel’s revenue,” commented Akhil Thakur, Manager-Travel Industry Services, ResAvenue
“At eRevMax, we give utmost priority to offering hotels a diverse range of connectivity solutions. By integrating with ResAvenue, we have expanded our core distribution offering, the real-time 2-way connectivity with hotel systems and online sales channels to include the hotel brand.com site,” said Ashis Saha, SVP – Project Management, eRevMax

Both the companies are attending Arabian Travel Market in Dubai from 24 – 27 April 2017. To set a meeting, please contact marketing@erevmax.com

Russian hotel OTA Travel.ru (Oktogo) integrates with eRevMax for advanced XML connectivity

Travel.ru, Russia’s largest OTA, has recently completed a two-way integration with eRevMax in order to provide their users with greater flexibility, improved visibility, and more efficient and effective booking processes. Maintaining a portfolio of 350,000 hotels across the globe, Travel.ru had identified issues relating to outdated rates and properties being overbooked simply due to the difficulties in overseeing such a large number of properties. CEO Marina Kolesnik sought out an easy-to-use, cost effective solution to tackle these problems head on, whilst also providing users with additional benefits, most notably eRevMax’s Reservation Delivery Service, which transfers online bookings through the OTA directly to the hotel’s internal PMS.


HotelTravel.com Connects to eRevMax Channel Ecosystem

HotelTravel.com, a worldwide leader in online hotel reservations and part of MakeMyTrip Limited (NASDAQ: MMYT) has integrated with eRevMax, the leading provider of hotel online distribution solutions. Through this integration accommodation providers will now be able to make immediate ARI updates and receive bookings generated on HotelTravel.com through eRevMax solutions directly into their property management systems.

“This integration will help our hotel partners to further reduce their time to market while automating booking delivery directly into their PMS. In addition, the improved visibility to eRevMax’s hotel customers offers us the opportunity to tap new supply partners thereby increasing our inventory count.” said Neil D’Souza, Chief Operations Officer, HotelTravel.com.

The company underwent a two-way XML interface certification. This will provide HotelTravel.com direct connection to the leading hotel PMS and CRS, thereby enhancing its product proposition to potential hotel clients.

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eRevMax Launches Hotel & Channel Eco-System

eRevMax International, owner of premium hotel channel management application RateTiger, has launched its Hotel & Channel Eco-Systems. The launch will support enhanced and sophisticated connectivity between global OTA’s, Tour Operators and Wholesalers (IDSs) and Hotel Brands’ PMS and CRS.

“We’re forming a stronger bond between demand and supply partners to help them build their business while supporting distribution with scalable connectivity technology.” said Greg Berman, COO, eRevMax International.

The Hotel and Channel Eco-Systems will allow both parties to create more relevant and meaningful business partnerships to enrich the online sales opportunities and streamline reservation management processes.
The Eco-System utilizes a powerful XML gateway that enables hotel companies to connect seamlessly with distribution partners and system providers.
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HITEC 2012 – The Show That Was!

For four years I was whiling away in the London office, coordinating the prestigious North American tradeshow that is HITEC. Over 5,000km away, the RTConnect and RTSuite sales team along with management members swooned the delegates and built relationships with some of the biggest and brightest hotel tech companies. I waited in earnest to find out their experience, with often William Goldsberry getting overly excited by the opportunities.

2012 – and I am told I get to go. The prospect was daunting, Goldsberry and our CEO tried to reassure me that it is not the big bad beast I imagined. (I was having nightmares of conversations with CIO and CTOs about the best system integration techniques). Indeed they are right, HITEC is a friendly show and much smaller than that of WTM and ITB, but much more specific in its approach.

I met journalists from across all the North American publications; it was a pleasure to meet them in person after 5 years. And their enthusiasm to finally meet the face behind all the emails on product updates, customer wins and case studies, was inspiring. We talked distribution, channel mix, sales opportunities and how RateTiger will be in more places in 2013 than it has done in its 10-year history.

The rest of the team had a good show, in fact I never saw them for the number of meetings they had. The RTConnect team were talking about seamless connectivity, and channel integration as more companies look to direct connect, from CRS to PMS and plenty of channels.


We were pleased to be joined by Trust and Travel Tripper for our post – HITEC meal. We even had chance to head to Fells Point, on the edge of the Baltimore harbour. The old cobbled streets, red brick buildings and array of small restaurants, eateries, bars and pubs reminded me of a quaint town of England – home! We made sure we had some of their finest seafood delicacies including fish and mussels. But, Must go back for the Crab! 


Ryan C Haynes
is VP – Marketing Communications at eRevMax and is responsible for driving all PR and Marketing activities for RateTiger and eRevMax brands globally. Ryan is based out of London and can be reached at ryanh@ratetiger.com

Newshound: Trends and Reports – Hotel Online Distribution


Hotelier’s 2012 Mobile Marketing MUST Dos and Don’ts

Max Starkov, HeBS Digital’s President and CEO, was interviewed recently by Michelle Renn, Managing Editor of “Inside Hotel Online Today (Hotel Online)” on this year’s hottest topic: mobile marketing and mobile distribution channel in hospitality.

Asian hotel revPAR continues to rise
According to the latest data from STR Global, the region’s occupancy increased 3.6% year-on-year to 66.5%, average daily rates (ADR) climbed 2.8% to US$146. This pushed revenue per available room (revPAR) up 6.5% to US$97. STR Global said however, that the year-on-year comparisons were impacted by Chinese New Year falling in January this year compared to February in 2011.

Search weighing down CRS

The continually increasing volume of booking options is causing growing stress on hotels companies’ central reservation systems, according to a study undertaken by Pegasus.

Average Hotel Rate in the UK Drops!A global report demonstrating how the cost of a nights stay in a major city can reflect the country’s economic health, has revealed that hotel prices in the UK are stagnating, with only London’s hotels being able to report a rise in the average hotel rate.

Golden Tulip Implements ExtraConnect

Pegasus Solutions® and RateTiger Launch Collaborative Solution with One of World’s Largest Hospitality Groups

Louvre Hotels Group, one of the largest hospitality groups in the world, has implemented ExtraConnect, an integrated central reservation and channel management system from industry leaders Pegasus Solutions and RateTiger by eRevMax International. It is the first central reservation system (CRS) to combine the next generation enterprise delivery of Pegasus’ RezView® NG with the powerful channel management capabilities of RateTiger’s leading Channel Management technology.