The Astotel Group has renewed its agreement with Pegasus Solutions for global sales and marketing support of its full portfolio through Pegasus Connect+ Premium. Paris’ number one independent hotel group will continue to offer its 15 three- and four-star hotels in the global distribution systems (GDSs) under the Pegasus Connect+ “UI” chain code, as well as through a thousand Pegasus-connected online channels.
The Spencer in Dublin, formerly Clarion Hotel IFSC Dublin, has moved to Pegasus Connect+ Premium by Pegasus Solutions’ for global sales and marketing support of the newly refurbished and rebranded hotel.
Hoteliers in host markets have seen booking increases of as much as 200% and rates doubling ahead of the US Super Bowl, Winter Olympics and the FIFA World Cup. Pegasus Solutions conducted a comparison of net reservations made in 2014 and 2013 for the same January 20 cut-off for same day-of-week arrivals in each region.
Rates paid for leisure hotel stays grew by +4.2% over 2012 in August, according to Pegasus Solutions, the world’s largest processor of electronic hotel transactions. While leisure booking volumes fell just short of 2012 levels, the corporate market maintained enough productivity to post positive year-to-date gains in both bookings and rates over the prior year.
Global corporate bookings grew +5.5% over 2012’s level in July, according to Pegasus Solutions. The uptick in business travel was accompanied by substantial leisure demand that paled in comparison to strong gains achieved last year.
Pegasus Solutions has premiered an explanatory video which is available on its website and aims to shed some light on the essential basics of global distribution for hotels, while better addressing hotel needs.
Pegasus Solutions has named Gianna Rivera global director of distribution sales. Rivera, an established hospitality professional, will support the growth of Pegasus’ distribution services, currently used by nearly 100,000 hotels globally.
Pegasus Solutions has named Mark Swetman vice president, global sales, Americas, where he will assume leadership of the sales team serving North and South America. Swetman, who has more than two decades of experience in hotel sales, previously served as global director of sales for Open Hospitality, a division of Pegasus Solutions.
Pegasus Solutions has named Temple Weiss chief financial officer. The seasoned corporate executive brings a solid blend of hospitality, finance and development experience to the role, including a decade with La Quinta, a Pegasus client.
Pegasus Solutions has sold its financial services division, Pegasus Financial Services, to H.I.G. Capital, LLC. Confirming the sale, chief executive officer David Millili reported the company is now in growth mode with renewed focus on its core business.
Pegasus Solutions has named Rick Huntley to the global position of vice president, human resources. Huntley brings more than three decades of experience to his role, which includes guiding Pegasus as the company continues its global expansion plans.
David Millili, Chief Executive, Pegasus Solutions, speaks to Breaking Travel News at ITB Berlin 2013.