Corporations welcomed the new year by booking more travel, according to Pegasus Solutions, the single largest processor of electronic hotel transactions. After holding steady at 2011 levels in December 2012, January 2013 surged ahead with booking gains of nearly +8% for the global corporate market, a performance that was exceeded in the leisure sector.
Pegasus Solutions has named 19-year hospitality technology veteran Craig Barnby vice president, product services. In this role, Barnby will be responsible for overall product strategy and development for Pegasus’ powerful distribution, booking and reservation solutions.
Pegasus Solutions has named Ariel Herr vice president, communications and marketing services. A 12-year agency veteran, Herr assumes management of Pegasus’ new Communications and Marketing Services division, which manages all communication for Pegasus’ 18 offices worldwide with nearly 100,000 hotel clients, as well as global prospects.
Breaking Travel News sits down with David Millili from Pegasus Solutions, the largest processor of electronic hotel transactions, to find out how he is finding his new role as chief executive, his priorities ahead, opportunities for hoteliers, mobile technology and what the future holds for Pegasus Solutions.
Pegasus Solutions has named Jennifer Sampson vice president, product management of Pegasus Financial Services. A 13-year veteran of Pegasus, Sampson assumes responsibility for the division, which facilitates roughly $38 million in commissions paid each month by more than 35,000 hotels in nearly 200 countries.
Open Hospitality, a division of Pegasus Solutions, is now offering Google Hotel Price Ads (HPA) to hotels following a successful pilot with more than 50 hotels. Hotel clients using Open Hospitality reservation and booking services can opt to drive traffic from search results in Google Search, Google Maps, Google Places and the Google Hotel Finder directly to the brand website to increase more profitable direct bookings.
LiveRez.com has signed a distribution agreement with Pegasus Solutions and the Vacation Rental Managers Association allowing it to integrate with the forthcoming Vacation Rental Switch. This integration will give LiveRez.com’s more than 600 professional vacation rental manager partners the ability to seamlessly list their properties in real time on the VRS, a major distribution tool capable of allowing travelers worldwide to find and book professionally managed vacation rental properties online.
Pegasus Solutions has named hospitality sales veteran Chris Wichers as chief sales officer. Wichers comes to the newly created role after serving as executive vice president of Open Hospitality, a division of Pegasus Solutions.
Pegasus Solutions has named chief web officer, David Millili, to chief executive officer, effective immediately. Millili, who brings 20 years of hospitality experience will succeed Mike Kistner, who will be leaving the company.
Pegasus Solutions and TravelSky Technology, China’s state-owned global distribution system, have completed a connection that makes Pegasus’ global hotel inventory of nearly 100,000 hotels available for booking in China. With more than 1,000 hotels under nine brands, Starwood Hotels & Resorts is the first Pegasus customer to go live on the connection.
Rome’s Hotel Dei Mellini has upgraded its website with design services and a booking engine from Open Hospitality. The cosmopolitan 80-room property has also tapped the division of Pegasus Solutions for search engine optimisation (SEO), search engine marketing (SEM) and social media management.