17 Feb Visit McAllen Announces aRes Travel Partnership for Hotel Distribution
We are pleased to announce that Visit McAllen has recently selected aRes Travel as its new booking engine technology provider. The aRes Travel Booking Engine will provide visitors to our website a one-stop-shop for booking lodging properties, activities, and packages. Reservations can be made from computer, tablet, or mobile phone, through a responsive user interface. Additionally, aRes Travel provides a branded call center, who will act as front line salespeople for your products and services.
How to Participate
All lodging providers are eligible to display travel products through the aRes Booking Engine. Lodging providers can participate through their chain net rate participation program, the Global Distribution System (GDS), or through the aRes Travel Extranet. Below you will find some information on each of these models and how they might be applicable to your property.
Chain Wide Net Rate Inventory
aRes Travel currently has integrations with most major hotel chains. This includes but is not limited to the following chains; Hilton, Best Western, IHG, Hyatt, Omni, La Quinta and Wyndham. Through direct CRS connections, aRes Travel is able to tap into the chain hotel’s inventory, providing best rate and last room availability. These connections seamlessly pass reservations through to the lodging partner’s property management system, typically along with a single use credit card that the lodging property can charge upon consumption. Under this model, most lodging properties don’t need to do anything different than they are currently doing today. Starwood and Hyatt require individual lodging properties to opt-in to the program.
Please note that aRes is a preferred vendor of Marriott lodging properties and those properties are available in their system via the GDS connection described below.
Global Distribution Channel (GDS)
aRes has the ability to pull your rates and availability via their connection to the GDS. If your property is available through the GDS, aRes Travel is able to pull commissionable inventory and rates.
Properties available through GDS that wish to take advantage of additional merchandising opportunities may also utilize the aRes Extranet.
aRes Travel Extranet
aRes can work with any lodging providers in the destination that are not available through either Chain or GDS inventory sources via their Extranet. The aRes Travel Extranet is a secure online administration portal that allows you to have full yield control of your rates and inventory in real-time without base room allotment requirements.
For more information or questions about the program and how to participate, please contact aRes Travel Product Team at firstname.lastname@example.org