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Bookassist launches Sitebuilder - web sites done right

By Des O'Mahony | On Wed, April 09, 2008

At a seminar attended by over 70 hotel managers and sales managers, Bookassist today announced Sitebuilder, a comprehensive solution for hotels wishing to build a 21st century website presence. Sitebuilder is a complete content management system that integrates Bookassist’s Booking Engine and Travel2.0 technology and allows for electronic marketing to play a central part in a hotel’s online strategy.

“Sitebuilder is a very flexible solution which not only delivers a good looking well designed website, but has cutting edge technology under the hood to allow for full management of the content as well as email marketing”, said Mary Collins, Web Presence Team Leader at Bookassist. “We have actually been trialing the service for a few months but the seminar today was an ideal time for the official launch. The best thing about this is that the websites are quite unique for each client, it doesn’t have the ‘template’ feel that so many other content management systems suffer from.”

Contact Bookassist directly if you are interested in further details on Bookassist Sitebuilder.

At a seminar attended by over 70 hotel managers and sales managers, Bookassist today announced Sitebuilder, a comprehensive solution for hotels wishing to build a 21st century website presence. Sitebuilder is a complete content management system that integrates Bookassist’s Booking Engine and Travel2.0 technology and allows for electronic marketing to play a central part in a hotel’s online strategy.

“Sitebuilder is a very flexible solution which not only delivers a good looking well designed website, but has cutting edge technology under the hood to allow for full management of the content as well as email marketing”, said Mary Collins, Web Presence Team Leader at Bookassist. “We have actually been trialing the service for a few months but the seminar today was an ideal time for the official launch. The best thing about this is that the websites are quite unique for each client, it doesn’t have the ‘template’ feel that so many other content management systems suffer from.”

Contact Bookassist directly if you are interested in further details on Bookassist Sitebuilder.

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Bookassist launches flexible “variations” configuration of room packages for accommodation providers

By Des O'Mahony | On Thu, January 18, 2007

A significant new innovation of the Bookassist online reservations booking engine now allows accommodation providers far greater flexibility in packaging their rooms in multiple configurations simplifying the choice for the online customer.

An individual room (“single”, “double” etc) can now be configured to be sold in may different variations, such as with or without breakfast, at a special advance purchase rate, as a weekend break etc,. rather than having to define all those variations as separate room types as is necessary in many online systems. With Bookassist it is now simple for the hotelier to offer an unlimited range of services and far easier for the online customer to make a choice.

As always with Bookassist system enhancements, the upgrade is completely free for users of the Bookassist system.

A significant new innovation of the Bookassist online reservations booking engine now allows accommodation providers far greater flexibility in packaging their rooms in multiple configurations simplifying the choice for the online customer.

An individual room (“single”, “double” etc) can now be configured to be sold in may different variations, such as with or without breakfast, at a special advance purchase rate, as a weekend break etc,. rather than having to define all those variations as separate room types as is necessary in many online systems. With Bookassist it is now simple for the hotelier to offer an unlimited range of services and far easier for the online customer to make a choice.

As always with Bookassist system enhancements, the upgrade is completely free for users of the Bookassist system.

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Bookassist enhances RSS syndicated feeds of best deals to include all Bookassist locations

By Des O'Mahony | On Wed, February 01, 2006

Bookassist is now providing entended XML/RSS feeds of the best deals throughout all Bookassist destinations.

Commenting on the latest release, Bookassist Director Dr Robert Whittle said: “Beginning February 1st, each Bookassist destination now has a series of dedicated XML/RSS feeds for each category of accommodation - hotel starred accommodation, apartments, guesthouses, townhouses etc that users can subscribe to. The XML data describing the cheapest deals to be had in each destination over the following two weeks is updated at least once a day, sometimes more often as hotels change their rates through the live administration system. This is just a beginning though, we plan further ‘themes’ in the near future, expanding the data from the ‘cheapest deals’ theme.”

RSS stands for ‘Really Simple Syndication’. It is a form of web publishing that allows you to subscribe to an XML formatted “feed” containing the content you want. Once subscribed, all of the content related to that topic will be delivered directly to your newsreader when it changes. It will update automatically when new news arrives without you having to constantly re-check the site. It takes the hassle out of staying up-to-date and is the ideal method of delivery for up to the minute special offers and deals such as those offered by boookassist.

Bookassist is now providing entended XML/RSS feeds of the best deals throughout all Bookassist destinations.

Commenting on the latest release, Bookassist Director Dr Robert Whittle said: “Beginning February 1st, each Bookassist destination now has a series of dedicated XML/RSS feeds for each category of accommodation - hotel starred accommodation, apartments, guesthouses, townhouses etc that users can subscribe to. The XML data describing the cheapest deals to be had in each destination over the following two weeks is updated at least once a day, sometimes more often as hotels change their rates through the live administration system. This is just a beginning though, we plan further ‘themes’ in the near future, expanding the data from the ‘cheapest deals’ theme.”

RSS stands for ‘Really Simple Syndication’. It is a form of web publishing that allows you to subscribe to an XML formatted “feed” containing the content you want. Once subscribed, all of the content related to that topic will be delivered directly to your newsreader when it changes. It will update automatically when new news arrives without you having to constantly re-check the site. It takes the hassle out of staying up-to-date and is the ideal method of delivery for up to the minute special offers and deals such as those offered by boookassist.

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Bookassist supplies booking and call centre technology to Hotel Points loyalty scheme

By Des O'Mahony | On Mon, January 16, 2006

Bookassist are providing the online booking technology behind the newly-launched HOTELPOINTS promotion. Partnering with incentive company Win|Win who operate HotelPoints, the promotion has now launched around Ireland offering exclusive special discount accommodation and holiday packages for the low season through business loyalty schemes.

HotelPoints is the leading UK & Irish hotel promotions specialist, promoting value hotel breaks in the knowledge that hotel promotions are more successful than any other form of travel & leisure promotion.

HotelPoints have relationships with over 1,000 hotels in Ireland & the UK and over 25,000 hotels worldwide and are responsible for over €100 million in worldwide hotel sales and therefore large discounts have been negotiated with the participating hotels. It is because of these large discounts that HotelPoints are positioned to run successful hotel promotions for their clients.

Retailers DID Electrical and Shaws Department Stores are the first HotelPoints clients to offer their customers this great value loyalty deal and others are lining up to be a part of this new incentive programme. Bookers make their reservations through a private web-site or use a special call centre service. “Both online and call-centre avenues are powered by the Bookassist system and we are confident of our ability to handle high volume as required by HotelPoints”, said Mary Collins, Bookassist Web Presence Team Leader. “We look forward to HotelPoints’s early expansion of the incentive scheme to other business clients keen to offer loyalty schemes to their customers”.

Bookassist are providing the online booking technology behind the newly-launched HOTELPOINTS promotion. Partnering with incentive company Win|Win who operate HotelPoints, the promotion has now launched around Ireland offering exclusive special discount accommodation and holiday packages for the low season through business loyalty schemes.

HotelPoints is the leading UK & Irish hotel promotions specialist, promoting value hotel breaks in the knowledge that hotel promotions are more successful than any other form of travel & leisure promotion.

HotelPoints have relationships with over 1,000 hotels in Ireland & the UK and over 25,000 hotels worldwide and are responsible for over €100 million in worldwide hotel sales and therefore large discounts have been negotiated with the participating hotels. It is because of these large discounts that HotelPoints are positioned to run successful hotel promotions for their clients.

Retailers DID Electrical and Shaws Department Stores are the first HotelPoints clients to offer their customers this great value loyalty deal and others are lining up to be a part of this new incentive programme. Bookers make their reservations through a private web-site or use a special call centre service. “Both online and call-centre avenues are powered by the Bookassist system and we are confident of our ability to handle high volume as required by HotelPoints”, said Mary Collins, Bookassist Web Presence Team Leader. “We look forward to HotelPoints’s early expansion of the incentive scheme to other business clients keen to offer loyalty schemes to their customers”.

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