Whiteboard Labs Integrates RateGain’s Rate Shopping Solution with the Windsurfer CRS

  • RateGain
  • 11.08.11
RateGain, a pioneer in competitive price intelligence solutions, has formed a strategic alliance with Whiteboard Labs, a travel industry Web and application development firm headquartered in Houston, Texas.

Under this alliance, RateGain’s rate shopping solution would be integrated with the Windsurfer CRS and empower subscriber hotels of Whiteboard Labs, including chains like Desires Hotels and Centerstone Hotels, with access to accurate and decision-making data about their competitors on a real-time basis.

The Windsurfer CRS is customized for chains and independent hotels to manage their rates and inventory in an environment that is user friendly and robust enough for the most complex rate strategy. It connects its subscriber hotels to all of the distribution channels with the highest level of available communication interfaces.

RateGain is a leader in competitive price intelligence solutions for the hotel and travel industry and offers more than 13 billion rate shops on an annual basis to its clients worldwide.  It monitors thousands of channels in its scheduled and on-demand reports that not only include Web-direct hotel sites but also OTA sites (both regional and global players). It further enables easy identification of demand and pricing trends proactively with nine strategic views that guide quick pricing decisions for its subscriber hotels.

Its integration with the Windsurfer CRS would allow subscriber hotels of Whiteboard Labs to analyze and implement an effective pricing strategy in relation to their immediate competitive sets and the trendsetters in their respective markets.

Speaking at this alliance, David Chestler, president, hospitality solutions, RateGain, said, “Integration of our rate shopping solution with the Windsurfer CRS is a strategic step in our continuous endeavor to offer hotels with a complete integrated technology solution for all their pricing or distribution needs. One of the first of its kind in the hospitality industry, this alliance would provide an edge to its users to analyze their daily/weekly/monthly rates, vis-à-vis their competitors’ from their CRS interface itself. We are excited to partner with Whiteboard Labs and look forward to jointly offer innovative and futuristic solutions to our clients.”

Drew Rosser, vice president of business development, Whiteboard Labs, said, “As a firm that strives to offer the latest in innovative and technologically advanced solutions, this strategic integration brings best-of-breed solutions together in a single environment.  Now, hotels can manage their full range of electronic distribution within Windsurfer and make proactive decisions based on the analysis that the RateGain’s shopping tool gives them.”

Whiteboard Labs is a Houston-based Web and application development shop with an international office in Shanghai, China. The firm is a conversion technology provider with over 15 years of experience with a primary focus in travel and hospitality.  Founded in 1994, Whiteboard Labs is a recognized leader and pioneer in the development of rich Internet applications.  Aside from developing RIAs, Whiteboard Labs has created numerous websites and custom applications for clients around the world. Its award-winning work has been covered in many magazines, books, articles, white papers and other presentations. Some of the company’s™ conversion technologies include MotionNotes, a video messaging platform; SpaLinx, a spa management and appointment booking application; and Windsurfer, a state-of-the-art central reservation system.
RateGain offers Web-based solutions to leading online travel agents, airlines, wholesalers and hotels across 70 countries.  RateGain products for the travel industry have earned numerous awards for innovation.   The company is a leader in SaaS-based solutions in channel management, online brand reputation management, competitive price intelligence and social media marketing. Established in 2004, RateGain is headquartered in India with offices in the United States, Thailand, Spain, Dubai and the United Kingdom.
RateGain will be in booth No. TT127 at World Travel Market (WTM) London.

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