[photopress:hotels_agoda.jpg,full,alignright]Agoda Company, an online travel company specializing in hotel discount bookings in Asia, has announced a partnership with DerbySoft, a company that provides connectivity solutions to hotels and travel agents across the world.
DerbySoft’s technology helps hotels distribute last minute inventory and prices updated in real time to preferred suppliers like Agoda.
That may sound a bit techie but break it down and it makes a lot of sense.
Agoda specializes in hotel discount bookings in Asia. Now, in order to provide a faster, more intelligent and secure service, it has gone into partnership with DerbySoft.
This is a company that provides connectivity solutions to hotels and travel agents across the world which helps hotels distribute last minute inventory and prices updated in real time to suppliers like Agoda.
This will mean for Agoda’s customers, access to rooms which become available through cancellations in sold-out periods and, perhaps, opportunities for substantial discounts on last minute trips. (This is roughly, very roughly, how the site lastminute.com works.)
Founded in Shanghai in 2002, DerbySoft’s DSwitch is in use at premier properties throughout China, including independent hotels such as the Jianguo Hotel in Beijing, Hong Qiao State Guest Hotel in Shanghai, Tianlun International Hotel in Guangzhou, Grand View Hotel in Shenzhen. It is also extensively used by chains which use the DSwitch to distribute their inventory.
For Agoda Company it gives better access.
Wilfred Fan, Agoda’s Vice President, Business Development, said, ‘China’s emergence as a top tourist and business destination in Asia is even more evident in the build up to the Beijing Olympics. Access to this platform will give us inventory to China’s most desirable locations when they are most in demand.’ Sounds like PR-speak but the idea is there.