Industry Update
Supplier News17 June 2014

SiteMinder secures three new booking channel partners, continues expansion into the Americas Hospitality Market

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Dallas, USSiteMinder has partnered with leading booking channels Getaroom.com, BookIt.com and JTB Hawaii to continue its expansion into the Americas market.

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All three channels – renowned in the Americas for their innovative online travel solutions

– now connect with SiteMinder's RDX (Room Distribution Exchange) platform, which offers a rapid two-way, real-time XML connection to Property Management Systems (PMS) and Central Reservation Systems (CRS) worldwide. The platform currently powers over 50 channel management solutions, including SiteMinder's own The Channel Manager.

"We decided to partner with SiteMinder primarily because of the high regard that

industry experts hold for its products, but also because the company is lauded for its continued innovation in channel management technology," says Bob Diener, President of Getaroom.com.

"The addition of SiteMinder allows us to expand our product offerings at a much faster

pace to meet our large increases in demand. Thus far, our hotel partners have been very happy with the results they have experienced and we look forward to continuing to provide them with the best possible experience through this partnership."

David Chestler, Executive Vice President – the Americas at SiteMinder, says the

increasing competition within the Americas online travel industry is due to the ever- increasing number of inbound travellers, as well as the emergence and evolution of new online channels.

"Our new partners identified SiteMinder's RDX platform as one that provided a reliable

and robust connectivity, enabling highly accurate, automated updates of rates and inventory for their hotel clients. While the market within the Americas remains one of the world's most competitive, we're excited about providing our cutting-edge products to an even greater number of booking channels and hotels within the region, and helping them to increase their success and profits in the online channel."

SiteMinder's success within the online distribution space was validated this year by a

US$30 million investment from Technology Crossover Ventures, a leading venture capital firm from Silicon Valley, to accelerate further development of the company's category-leading technology platform and scale its global operations.

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MFC PR
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About SiteMinder

Founded in 2006, SiteMinder is a leader in the online hotel distribution industry.

SiteMinder offers award-winning cloud-based distribution products – including a channel manager, booking engine, PMS/CRS integration and GDS connection tools, to help hotels increase online revenue, streamline business processes and decrease operational costs. Driven by a no-contract, commission-free business model, SiteMinder's robust product suite and exceptional client support has made the business one of the most recognizable in the industry. SiteMinder has offices in Bangkok, Cape Town, Dallas, London and Sydney, and has more than 13,000 customers in more than 137 countries. For more information about SiteMinder and its award-winning products, please visit www.siteminder.com.

About Getaroom.com

Getaroom.com, which was awarded Best hotel Booking Site by Frommers, offers

accommodation at national chain and independent boutique properties in popular destinations worldwide via its state-of-the-art website. Additionally, travellers can secure unpublished pricing by calling its toll-free call center, which offers rates typically 10 to 20 percent less than published rates.

About BookIt.com

BookIt.com is a privately-held OTA that has operated for more than 10 years. The site

provides travelers with a more intuitive booking experience, while offering relevant information and helpful reviews to help travellers find the most suitable property for their upcoming trip. The company recently acquired $10 million of funding to support growth opportunities and expansion.

About JTB Hawaii

Hawaii-based JTB Hawaii, a division of the JTB Group and the largest travel agency in

Japan, is known for its uniquely designed site, which functions like an online magazine. The company has evolved from its roots in servicing inbound Japanese travelers to its current position as a provider of creative and comprehensive global travel and entertainment solutions. Travellers can use the site to access detailed information about Hawaii and book hotels within the region.
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