Bass Hotels & Resorts, Inc. and Starwood Hotels & Resorts Inc., Worldwide have joined other hotel industry leaders to adopt EasyAccess HOD, a new hotel information distribution product from WizCom International Ltd.
EasyAccess HOD is a Web-based application that allows hoteliers and hotel companies to easily update hotel description information through a single point of entry (simultaneously) on the four major Global Distribution Systems (GDSs) used by travel agents including Amadeus, Galileo, Worldspan and Sabre, as well as linked Internet sites.
``Clearly hotel companies are realizing the benefits from cost savings to management efficiencies that EasyAccess HOD delivers,`` said Flo Lugli, president of WizCom. ``What`s more, EasyAccess HOD is proving to be WizCom`s most successfully product launch to date.``
WizCom also announced new enhancements for EasyAccess HOD that include a central reservation system (CRS) interactive feed and a connection to WizCom`s Internet Distribution System. With the CRS interactive feed, updated hotel description information is uploaded from customers` CRS and transmitted directly to EasyAccess HOD. The feed allows hotel companies to input information through EasyAccess HOD once, eliminating the need to re-enter information for each hotel property. EasyAccess HOD also allows customers to send and easily update hotel description information for over 1,200 Internet travel sites and portals through WizCom`s Internet Distribution System.
``With more than 3000 hotels and 490,000 rooms around the world, we needed a product like EasyAccess HOD to help us easily manage and maintain updated and accurate hotel information,`` said Barbara McCall, director of electronic distribution systems for Bass Hotels & Resorts, which includes Inter-Continental, Crowne Plaza, Holiday Inn, Holiday Inn Express and Staybridge Suites brands in its hotel portfolio. ``As distribution opportunities grow, automation and enhanced data integrity will improve our customer service and help reduce our overall operational costs.``
``The WizCom agreement provides Starwood with an innovative solution that will increase efficiency while maintaining accurate data transmission to the GDSs and the Internet without worrying about complicated technology issues,`` said Barbara Coleman, Director of Electronic Distribution for Starwood, which represents 750 hotel properties around the world under names like Sheraton, Westin, and W Hotels. ``EasyAccess HOD will save us time and money by doing a job that currently requires a multitude of entries by a large number of people into a vast array of external distribution channels.``
EasyAccess HOD is a part of WizCom`s EasyAccess Plus suite of products designed for the hotel industry to manage information distribution more effectively and cost-efficiently.