By Bev Fearis, published 2/12/20
WIN Global Travel Network has forged a partnership with technology platform HotelPlanner, which aggregates accommodation from different sources.
HotelPlanner will be launched to WIN partners in 75 countries on January 2 2021, with no sign-up fee, alongside the introduction of the Global Accommodation Programme 2021 – by WIN.
In a first for an accommodation platform for WIN, Airbnb and VRBO apartments will be included in the options.
Accommodation across all budgets will be shown in one place and with pre-paid rates available.
WIN said TMCs in its network will benefit from reduced administration, automated commission collection, richer content and the option to personalise messaging via text.
WIN is the international network of TMCs and has the Advantage Travel Partnership as its majority shareholder.
Leigh Cowlishaw, Global Supplier Partnership Director for The Advantage Travel Partnership, said: “We understand that accommodation booking requirements have changed; our WIN partners are currently booking via a number of different channels, so we have partnered with HotelPlanner to provide them with a platform to house multiple content sources, including market-leading WIN rates.
“This further enhances our Global Accommodation Programme proposition, which currently includes global GDS bookable rates. Through offering the membership choice on which products suit their businesses we will grow the accommodation bookings allowing us to drive better values, rates and terms for our members across all channels.”