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Alliance Reservations Network is proud to kick off 2021 with its first big announcement of what is sure to be a banner year. Today ARN announced the launch of GPS Link, its reservation direct booking technology within the Group Productivity Solution (GPS) application.
GPS Link premiers with a direct connection to Wyndham Hotels & Resorts. The integration allows instant room bookings for group travel at Wyndham’s 6,500 hotels across North America.
What is Direct Booking?
Direct booking is where hotel reservations made through an event booking engine are automatically placed into a hotel’s property management system (PMS). The reservations are confirmed immediately, without manual intervention.
How GPS Link Works
GPS Link connects the GPS booking platform with a hotel chain’s central reservation system. This enables a direct connection with a hotel’s property management system (PMS). When a reservation is made on a white-label event booking site, that reservation is sent through GPS Link to the hotel and the event room block. The hotel’s PMS sends back a confirmation number immediately.
Previously, reservations were sent to hotels, and a representative at the hotel would have to manually transfer the reservations into their PMS. The representative then entered the confirmation numbers for each reservation into GPS. The delay between when a reservation was made and when a confirmation number was sent back could be days or weeks, depending on the hotel’s schedule.
Benefits of GPS Link’s Direct Booking
This new technology saves event planners time and effort by streamlining the reservation process between GPS customers and hotels. GPS customers who manage housing for events will no longer spend time following up with hotels to ensure their reservations are confirmed. This reduced room block management represents a considerable amount of time saved.
The benefit to the hotel is also considerable. Hotels no longer have to assign a person to enter the reservations. They are also not fielding calls from event planners following up on their unconfirmed reservations.
Event attendees enjoy an enhanced user experience, too. GPS Link reduces human error by eliminating the need for manual data entry and updates at the hotel level. The solution’s automated confirmations help ensure smooth hotel check-ins.
Wyndham Hotels & Resorts
ARN is very excited to be launching GPS Link with a connection to such a prestigious brand.
“We’re delighted to bring our breakthrough direct-connection technology to Wyndham Hotels & Resorts,” said Mike Mason, General Manager at ARN. “Planners will enjoy instant booking now at some of the world’s best-known hotel brands.”
Wyndham Hotels & Resorts counts among its family of brands La Quinta by Wyndham, Days Inn by Wyndham, Super 8 by Wyndham, Ramada by Wyndham, and Baymont by Wyndham, among others.
About Group Productivity Solution
Group Productivity Solution (GPS) is an event lodging management solution that streamlines the event housing lifecycle. From sourcing to room block management to reconciliation and invoicing, GPS users can manage reservations and blocks in one application. It also has a powerful event hotel booking engine that is brand for each event to provide a seamless user experience.
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