The Asian Hotels Alliance (AHA), a recently formed marketing association of Asia`s five most respected hotel operators, has announced the selection of hotelBANK, a subsidiary of MICROS Systems, Inc. (Nasdaq: MCRS), as the booking engine for its Internet based reservations platform.
Effective in January 2002, room availability for participating Asian Hotels Alliance properties can be accessed and instantly confirmed from the AHA website at www.asianhotelsalliance.com
“AHA was seeking a cost-effective Internet based reservations solution that provides the degree of flexibility necessary to meet the varying needs of the founding members,” said Michael Kalyk, President of the Marco Polo Hotel Group.
AHA`s hotelBANK enabled website will allow member hotels to offer special promotional rates and Internet packages. “With the trend of more and more consumers planning their own travel, the AHA website can be checked for the best deals available before finalizing their plans,” according to Marco Polo`s marketing chief, Jeff Flowers. Mr. Flowers further commented, “As an added benefit, members of the various AHA loyalty clubs can make room reservations and confirm their reciprocal benefits by merely clicking on to the website and utilizing their membership number.”
“We are very excited about our cooperation with AHA on this web-based reservations technology and we look forward to working with them in the future to introduce additional travel-related e-commerce solutions,” said Winnie Chui, Managing Director of hotelBANK in Hong Kong.
About the Asian Hotels Alliance
With both their corporate headquarters and flagship hotels located in the key gateway cities of Asia-Pacific, AHA also has over 70 member hotels located in nearly every city and resort destination in the region. Although distinct in their branding and management style, AHA hotels share the same philosophy of personalized Oriental service that has distinguished the Asian style of inn keeping as the finest in the world. The founding members of the Alliance include: Dusit Hotels & Resorts in Thailand, Landis Hotels & Resorts in Taiwan, The Marco Polo Hotel Group in Hong Kong, Meritus Hotels & Resorts in Singapore and New Otani Hotels in Japan.
About hotelBANK and MICROS Systems
hotelBANK is a subsidiary of MICROS Systems, Inc. and utilizes its successful e-commerce solution “Hotel Connect” at over 2,300 hotels, groups and chains. MICROS Systems, Inc. provides enterprise applications for the hospitality industry worldwide. Over 120,000 MICROS systems are currently installed in restaurant, hotels, motels, casinos and entertainment operations in more than 130 countries. MICROS provides property management, central reservation and customer information solutions under the brand MICROS-Fidelio for more than 10,000 hotels worldwide. MICROS is traded on NASDAQ under the symbol MCRS