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Nineteen years ago, Bookassist Booking Engine made its first booking

By Des O'Mahony | On Fri, August 09, 2019

Happy Szebesta Day!


Nineteen years ago today, a small group of us completed the build of our first online hotel booking system and tentatively put it live for our very first client, a Dublin-based hotel.

We waited, and waited, wondering if it was really working or not, until a satisfying ping on email announced the completion of Bookassist’s first ever booking. A certain Dr Szebesta had booked the hotel at 23:30 on August 11th, 2000.

Every year since then, after millions of direct reservations successfully handled for our hotel clients worldwide, we mark “Szebesta Day” with a company-wide celebration across all our offices in Dublin, Madrid, Rome, Vienna and Prague.

We’ve come a very long way since then and the Booking Engine continues to break new ground. Thanks to all the Bookassist staff down the years that made this journey possible and who continue to make it happen daily, and to our thousands of loyal hotel clients who continue to put their faith in us.

And thanks to Dr Szebesta for lending his name to the celebration!

Best Regards,

Des O’Mahony PhD, CEO & Co-Founder


Bookassist Appoints Hani Krizsany as Business Development Manager for Ireland and UK

By Claire Sawier | On Wed, August 07, 2019

Hani Krizsany - Business Development Manager @Bookassist
Hani Krizsany - Business Development Manager at Bookassist

Hani joins the Bookassist team from the 5 star Marker Hotel in Dublin. Her role as Sales Manager at the Marker Hotel spanned over 4 years where she worked closely with travel tech giants Google and Facebook.

Hani brings a wealth of hotel experience to Bookassist with over 13 years in the industry. Previous roles were with the Merrion Hotel and Four Seasons Hotel in Dublin in roles extending F&B, Reservations and Guest Relations.

In her spare time Hani loves to experience Ireland’s unique hotels and culinary offerings.

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