Global Distribution Systems Q&A: Part 2

In part one of this series, we discussed what the GDS is, and why getting listed in the global distribution system is vital. This time, we’ll get into more of the nitty-gritty.

What kind of costs are involved?

Normally there’s a one-time fee to sign up, then a yearly fee to maintain membership. In addition, there will be a per-reservation surcharge, plus a commission paid to the travel agent or the web portal that booked the room. As you can see, this can be a serious investment, so consider your options carefully. You could manage your GDS presence yourself; hiring a service or purchasing software to help you manage it is yet another cost, but it may be worth it.

What can I do to make sure my investment in GDS isn’t wasted?

  • Keep your GDS listing details up to date. If you’ve added amenities, upgraded rooms, or are undergoing renovations, potential customers will want to know.
  • Include close-by activities and attractions.
  • Post professional photos of the property, rooms, and amenities.
  • Keep track of the time and money you’ve invested in your GDS venture. Regularly review your return-on-investment to make sure you’re staying on course.

What are some examples of GDS management services?

There seems to be almost as many GDS management services as there are hotels! Each one offers a different suite of services and software, one of which is bound to be a good fit. Here we’ve listed a few of the more well known ones, with a short description of unique features they offer:

  • Xotels.com
    A CRS (central reservations system) that allows you to quickly update your GDS details and rates yourself using their user interface.
  • Bookassist.org
    Combines GDS and IDS (internet distribution system) in one interface.
  • Innlink.com
    GDS and IDS management integration with a RevPAR tool.
  • Hotelogix.com
    Condenses the complicated and sometimes intimidating job of GDS management into a simple-to-navigate interface.

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