Amadeus expands partnership with CCRA

Amadeus expands partnership with CCRA

Amadeus and CCRA have expanded their partnership with CCRA’s extensive hotel inventory now available to North American travel agents using Amadeus Hotel Shopper via the Amadeus Selling Platform.

The news is another success for Amadeus, which was last year recognised as offering the World’s Leading CRS/GDS System by the World Travel Awards.

Under this expanded partnership, Amadeus agents can now access and book the hotel content available on CCRA’s proprietary booking portal, CCRAtravel.com, which offers real-time rates and availability at over 160,000 hotels worldwide.

In 2010, CCRA was also chosen as the exclusive rate provider for Amadeus Vacation Link, Amadeus’ one-stop booking portal that enables North American leisure agents to book high-profit, commissionable vacation travel.

CCRA Travel Solutions president, Dic Marxen, said: “CCRA’s proprietary booking portal, CCRAtravel.com, is unique in the industry featuring real-time rates and availability at 160,000 hotels around the world, and offering up to five rate categories for every hotel search.

“It is an honor to be selected by Amadeus once again as the exclusive hotel content provide for yet another of their travel agent tools.”

Amadeus travel agents in the US and Canada using the Amadeus Selling Platform can access CCRA’s hotel inventory on Amadeus Hotel Shopper via the AgentNet portal “smart tab” on the Amadeus Selling Platform.

“Our agents told us what they needed to make more money and enhance their customers travel experience,” said Tom Cates, chief commercial officer, Amadeus North America.

“They needed easy-to-use, one-stop solutions on their desktop.

“Amadeus Hotel Shopper was created to meet that need, and once again we selected CCRA as our hotel provider partner because their product aligned optimally to serve those customers’ needs.”

Amadeus Hotel Shopper, in partnership with CCRA, offers agents a choice of up to five rate categories from a single search.

Rate options include net rates which agents can mark up; online rates; CCRA negotiated rates; a wide range of GDS-available rates, and the new 15 per cent enhanced commission rate.