Expedia Affiliate Network (EAN) has partnered with Amadeus to give users access to rates and availabilities of 350,000 properties.
The content partnership includes full-service hotel brands, boutique hotels, and serviced apartments, which is aimed to help agents deliver a more personalised travel experience to customers.
Travel sellers who take advantage of EAN’s rates and availabilities through Amadeus Hotels will also benefit from a fully automated process, saving them time and money: from searching, to booking and to invoicing, the information is automatically transferred, Amadeus claims.
Key benefits for travel sellers include a travel itinerary with all the details (as each booking generates a Passenger Name Record) making it simpler consolidate the traveller’s hotel details plus flight, car rental, and other associated travel in one itinerary.
Meanwhile, a variety of payment options means greater flexibility as Amadeus offers travel sellers multiple payment methods including pre-payment, post-payment via agency or traveller credit card, credit line, bank transfer or voucher.
Alfonso Paredes (pictured above), vice-president of sales, Europe, the Middle East and Africa, and Latin America, EAN brand, said: “Travel sellers connected to Amadeus will now be able to offer their travellers competitive rates and availabilities at more than 350,000 properties worldwide. Amadeus is a trusted technology partner for the travel industry, and we are excited to partner with them to offer cutting-edge technology and enterprise-class support so that Amadeus can deliver more choice to all travellers.”
The tie-up follow Expedia Inc’s own collaboration with Thomas Cook. In September, Cook announced that Expedia’s booking platform would provide its customers with more than 60,000 extra hotels in global city and European domestic locations. Expedia would also provide all city break and hotel-only sales across Cook’s distribution channels in Europe.