GenaRes Worldwide Reservation Services Appoints VFM Interactive As Their Exclusive Provider of Rich Media Production and Distribution Services

  • Genares Worldwide Reservations Services
  • 08.11.08
GenaRes Worldwide Reservation Services, one of the hotel industry’s newest and fastest growing global reservations companies, announced it has selected VFM Interactive, one of the world’s leading full service providers of rich media production and distribution solutions for the travel industry, as its exclusive partner for the distribution and production of hotel rich visual content.

Under the agreement, GenaRes will utilize VFM’s Web-based digital media management platform, Vscape®, as the single point for the entry, storage, management and seamless distribution of all of its hotels’ images and other rich visual content.   VFM Interactive will manage the rich media for the over 3,000 GenaRes hotels worldwide and distribute it to its vast distribution network, recognized as one of the largest and fastest growing networks in the industry.  Additionally, GenaRes and VFM will team up to provide a customized production offering for GenaRes hotels so they can reap the rewards of enhanced online presence that rich media provides.  

VFM has distribution contracts in place to provide rich visual content on behalf of its hotel clients to major travel intermediaries such as Pegasus and the four global distribution systems (GDSs) – Amadeus, Galileo, Worlspan and Sabre – as well as more than 25,000 travel and travel-related sites.   VFM’s distribution network enables hotels to compete more effectively across the Web by ensuring that their photos, virtual tours, videos and other rich marketing content can be viewed by, and influence the purchasing decisions of, consumers shopping for hotels on major online travel agencies, travel research sites, search and meta-search engines, portals, meeting planner sites, as well as corporate booking engines.  

“This partnership with VFM Interactive allows us to provide additional value-added services to our properties and ensure integrity in distribution of their images.  Every hotel is different and only through exceptional visual content can our diverse properties begin to tell their story,” said Ursula Rhode, executive vice president, global services, GenaRes.  “VFM is the leader in this space, providing the only full-service media solution in the industry.  It only makes sense for the best to partner with the best.”

“We are proud to partner with Genares, known throughout the industry as an innovator and leader in providing solutions to the hotel industry.  Our goal is to help GenaRes properties incrementally increase their revenue by adding rich media, a proven ROI enhancer, both in terms of increased bookings and price per room,” said Paolo Boni, president and CEO of VFM Interactive.  “Recent studies indicate that consumers who viewed rich media, virtual tours and videos, are 67 percent more likely to book than those who do not.  We look forward to delivering these impressive results to the GenaRes properties.”

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