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Cloudbeds Creates OTA-in-a-Box for Hotels

By Cloudbeds, August 4, 2015

Cloudbeds has published mygroup–the world’s very first online travel agency-in-a-box. Hotel groups and associations can now create their own OTA, allowing guests to browse for rooms from all of the associated properties in the group.

Mygroup is powered by mybookings, Cloudbeds’ commission-free booking engine. Each property in the group or association can customize property photos, rates, and amenities that appear on mygroup. Mygroup comes with a powerful API allowing for complete customization. Groups and associations can make mygroup exactly match the branding of their existing websites.

“Mygroup has been a game-changer for us,” said Aurélio Araujo, Director of Communications (Hostelling International – Brazil). “For years we struggled to manage each member of our group effectively. Data was hard to collect and organize for so many properties, meaning we never truly knew what was going on. Mygroup has centralized the management of our properties, and has given guests one place to book rooms from them all.”

Mygroup includes detailed analytics. Group administrators can see performance data for the whole group, or each property individually. These insights help hoteliers compare their direct revenue from mygroup with that from OTAs, forecast occupancy for each property in the group, and allocate advertising budgets.

“We believe mygroup is exactly the kind of innovation our industry needs,” said Richard Castle, COO of Cloudbeds. “From the very beginning, we set out to create new software that improves the daily lives of individual hoteliers. Now hotel groups of any size, whether they have 2 or 2,000 properties, can enjoy direct, centralized reservations and property monitoring. There is nothing like this on the market today. Mygroup is a game changer for our industry..”

Mygroup comes with Cloudbeds’ cloud-based property management system, myfrontdesk, for each property in the association. Myfrontdesk helps property managers run the day-to-day activities of their hotels. Because it is in the cloud, managers can access myfrontdesk from anywhere in the world, with no per-computer licensing fees.

Mygroup also includes Cloudbeds’ channel manager myallocator. Myallocator saves hoteliers time and money by eliminating the need for technical know-how to get listed on OTAs. It helps hoteliers list their rooms on as many OTAs as they wish with the push of a button. Plus, it exposes their rooms to new marketplaces hoteliers might not have known existed.

Myallocator also helps prevent overbookings. It automatically updates OTAs, mygroup, and each property’s Internet booking engine with real-time availability, ensuring that no guests book the same room at the same property at the same time.

Myallocator powers inventory deliverability for thousands of hotels, hostels, and B&Bs in over 100 countries across the globe. With over 300 integrated marketing channels, it has more than any other channel manager on the market. This gives hoteliers the freedom to list their inventory with previously unknown online marketplaces.

Mygroup is an all-encompassing solution for hotel groups and associations. It provides group managers with a centralized dashboard where they can monitor and manage each property in the group. It upgrades the property management software for each property in the group, and provides them with continued support and updates. Mygroup makes each hotel’s operational technology future-proof.

 

About Cloudbeds

Cloudbeds creates cloud-based hospitality management software that simplifies the working lives of professional property owners, operators, and employees. Tens of thousands of hotels, hostels, vacation rentals, and groups in over 135 countries trust Cloudbeds’ award-winning software. Founded in 2012, Cloudbeds has expanded to hundreds of team members in 31 countries who altogether speak 17 languages.

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