Dallas-based Pegasus Solutions, Inc. today announced it is now ``powering`` the online hotel reservations for Motel 6`s Internet site, providing travelers with the ability to directly access Motel 6`s reservations system to book rooms at more than 800 Motel 6 properties via the Web site www.motel6.com.
Accor Lodging North America, one of the largest owners and operators of economy lodging properties, operates Motel 6, along with Red Roof Inns and Studio 6. Pegasus Solutions is a leading provider of hotel industry transaction processing solutions and electronic commerce services.
Motel 6`s implementation of Pegasus` hotel booking technology comes on the heels of Motel 6 migrating its room inventory to the Red Roof Inns central reservations system (CRS). Pegasus has a long-standing relationship with Motel 6`s sister company, Red Roof Inns, and ``powers`` the hotel booking capabilities for its Web site, www.redroof.com. Travelers looking to book stays online at a Motel 6 can query room availability, book secure reservations and receive a confirmation in seconds for the more than 86,000 rooms offered in 48 U.S. states via the Motel 6 Web site.
``Motel 6 prides itself on offering its customers consistent quality at the right price. Our technology arrangement with Pegasus enables Motel 6 to continue to meet this standard by offering customers added convenience when booking a hotel room at one of our properties,`` said Carol Kirby, group executive vice president of marketing and sales of Accor Lodging North America. ``As a result of moving to Pegasus` technology, we are able to eliminate the need to manually maintain an additional allotment of inventory in a separate system for Internet bookings. Now, online reservations will be delivered from the www.motel6.com Web site to our CRS instantaneously with no human intervention.``
According to Bryan Donowho, senior vice president, Pegasus Electronic Distribution, with online travel sales reaching an all-time high, hoteliers are stepping up the priority of offering customers the ability to book hotel rooms via the Internet. ``Pegasus is providing large hotel companies, like Motel 6 and Red Roof Inns, with a reliable, scalable solution for handling large volumes of Internet reservations,`` Donowho said.
``As U.S. hotel chains enter the high season, it becomes increasingly important that they have reliable online booking engines. Because the Motel 6 site is the only site where consumers can book Motel 6 rooms and receive an instant confirmation online, it`s critical that the Motel 6 booking engine be fully operational 24/7,`` Donowho continued. ``Motel 6 turned to the best company to provide that kind of support—Pegasus Solutions. We are very pleased to expand our relationship with the Accor Lodging North America family through our latest assignment with Motel 6.``
Pegasus Solutions ``powers`` the online hotel reservations for more than 200 hotel-branded Web sites, providing real-time reservations at thousands of hotels. Hotel-branded sites Powered by Pegasus, include BestWestern.com, OmniHotels.com, Wyndham.com and Hyatt.com.
According to industry analyst Forrester Research, online hotel sales are expected to grow to $5.7 billion by 2004.