Cendant Travel Distribution Services (TDS) have announced today the completion of a multi-year contract expansion with Marriott International. The Marriott brands participating in the new distribution program include JW Marriott Hotels & Resorts, Marriott Hotels & Resorts, Renaissance Hotels & Resorts, Courtyard, Residence Inn, Fairfield Inn, TownePlace Suites and SpringHill Suites.
Marriott’s extensive global inventory will now be available for the hotel offerings on TDS’ Lodging.com, a leading hotel site with 4,300 global affiliates, including CheapTickets.com, 1800USAHotels.com, and TDS’ recently acquired HotelClub.com.
With the agreement, Marriott will broaden its distribution reach and be able to market its rooms to the millions of customers accessing TDS’ global channels. In turn, TDS will provide its customers with greater access to rooms at Marriott’s properties worldwide. Through this one partnership, Marriott will realize increased sales opportunities for participating hotels and savings on distribution costs.
The new agreement expands the long-standing relationship between TDS and Marriott. Marriott was the first client to implement Galileo’s industry leading Next Generation Seamless technology, Inside Shopper. Additionally, it was an early adopter of the Neat Group’s vacation packaging engine for the company’s Web site, Marriott.com, and provides TDS with opaque inventory for distribution through Neat. With the new agreement, Marriott will have complete access to TDS’ full portfolio of distribution offerings, while adding robust hotel inventory for millions of Cendant TDS customers to enjoy worldwide.
“This expanded partnership with Cendant builds on a great relationship that has proven to be both strategic in nature and truly beneficial to both parties,” said Bruce Wolff, executive vice president sales and marketing programs, Marriott International. “At Marriott, we believe in selling the way the customer wants to buy and that’s why we are excited that Cendant TDS customers will have greater access to Marriott hotel rooms worldwide.”
“To continue to broaden our relationship with Marriott, one of the world’s leading hotel chains, is extremely important. Our millions of customers will see the benefit of gaining access to Marriott’s hotel brands around the world when making their travel plans whether for an ala carte hotel stay or a vacation package,” said Michael W. McCormick, executive vice president, Cendant Travel Distribution Services.