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The BookingCenter Local Distribution System © (LDS) creates an exciting community model around local travel networks by creating a Central Reservation Service that generates funding for local development and tourist programs. The LDS model can help a tight or loose group of accommodation service providers work in cooperation to cross market each other's service. This may include a website portal for online bookings & requests, group marketing, operating a call center, or simply allowing members to make bookings for other members - a real-time referral network. Read our White Paper on Association's use of central reservation systems if you want even more details.

Today's travel marketplace is increasingly reliant on the Internet and e-business. Those who manage this distribution channel maximize their return from the network. BookingCenter Partners can:

  • Use any combination of full availability, part availability, or 'reservation request' services to support the differing technological abilities of individual members.
  • Show results from a query based on price, amenity, activity, region, availability, or any other trait common across the 'network'
  • Create local travel networks that reward and inspire participation.
  • Incentivize Agents and Resellers to promote the network.
  • Develop deep and profitable referral relationships within the network.
  • Earn ongoing revenue through relationships - locally and globally.
  • Invest in a proven, sustainable business model.

Association Opportunities

We offer two ways of creating a custom Local Distribution System as an Association or Group.

  • Co-Branded Partner
    The fastest way to start and manage a complete travel business - from the Supplier through the GDS. An easy way to create a network using your brand name powered by BookingCenter.
  • Customized Partner
    A completely customized business solution from branded desktop property management software to browser-based management software to Marketing and Management tools. The 'Customized Partner' solution is the only way to go for the ‘brand-oriented’ company or Destination Management Organization.

Here are a few current customers of the BookingCenter Local Distribution System that you may be interested in viewing:

Co-branded Partner Customized Partner Association Partner

Company: Web Reservations

Company: EnterTahoe

Company: St. Lucia & CaribGuide.com

Market: Australia

Market: Lake Tahoe, Northern California

Market: Saint Lucia, Eastern Caribbean

Strategy:
Develops travel portals under the Australian Holiday Guides brand; provides hotel chains and tourist authorities with booking, packaging, and management tools; distributes properties globally and via Australia agents & websites; advocates smart community travel models.

Strategy:
Leverage years of experience as a property management company with holdings in the Tahoe area and support competing businesses to improve the referral networking.

Strategy:
Aggregate independent lodging properties in the Caribbean to improve the practices and efficiencies of these tourism economies; build a consumer and travel agent travel brand.

If you are interested in partnering with BookingCenter to create an association Local Distribution System of your own, please contact us. To each of our Partners, we provide the following"

How Does BookingCenter Help You Succeed?

  • Browser- and Desktop-based Management Software to manage a supplier's business.
  • Customized Central Reservations System.
  • Complete e-commerce integration supporting any currency.
  • CRM system to manage Suppliers, Agents, Resellers, and Guests.
  • 11 Years of continuous service to the travel market.
  • Complete customization of all BookingCenter products.
  • Personalized training & installation services.
  • Marketing and tracking services that increase profits.
  • 24 x 7 Support.

Overview of the Local Distribution System Components

Built from over 14 years developing and supporting property management and central reservation services, BookingCenter's tools and processes are time-tested and secure. A growing number of visitor centers, internet travel portals, and associations are installing BookingCenter to increase accommodation and tour bookings for their members. Our tools manage the day–to–day operations while distributing control and earning revenues through the Global Booking Network.

The Local Distribution Product is the combination of a Central Reservation System, CRM (Customer Relationship Management), Billing & Invoicing, and Agent/Reseller/Source analysis. Perfect for Destination Marketing Organizations, Convention and Visitors Bureaus, Lodging Associations, Activity Providers, Event Organizers, and travel websites Each product below enables accommodation or travel suppliers to manage rates, availability, and descriptive content in the LDS and the Global Booking Network. The system works tightly as a complete business system.

A comprehensive property management solution that manages an entire business - from credit cards, group bookings and call accounting, to tax & financial posting to QuickBooks, M.Y.O.B., PeachTree, Sage. Can be used by remote booking operators or agents to synchronize with the LDS. Macintosh ™ and Windows™ compatible. Click here to read more information

The affordable solution for tourism operators with up to 10 rooms, BookingCenter Lite manages your entire booking business reliably and easily. Throw the paper away! Can be used by remote booking operators or agents to synchronize with the LDS. Macintosh™ and Windows™ compatible. Click here to read more information

The best property management solution for the 21st century. Because it runs on a web browser, MyPMS assures your business processes from anywhere. Combining credit cards, groups, call accounting, direct bills, invoicing, and reports as Excel & Word files, MyPMS is a scalable and flexible. Can be used by remote booking operators or agents to synchronize with the LDS. Click here to read more information

Simply add "Book Now" button to your website and begin taking bookings through the Global Booking Network with the Management Tool. This product links to your booking area in the LDS and can be accessed from any web browser. Customers can view your rooms, rates & availability, and book or request. Click here to view more information

Work seamlessly with other major travel suppliers by using our Open Travel Alliance (OTA) XML web services to both pull and push rates and availabuility. Thus, the Association can work with any Property Management System (PMS) or Central Reservation System (CRS) vendor to 'mix and match' properties into their Portal(s). The BookingCenter APIs, with some technical assistance to deploy OTA-based XML interfaces to and from global systems, is provided to all LDS developers. This service includes WSDLs and support for both Site and Portal XML integrations.
  • The BookingCenter Central Reservation Service allows the LDS Manager, Agents, and Resellers to log-in for reviewing and reporting of all booking and fees within their ’network’. Additionally, each property in the network gains full access to a secure Member's Area to manage their bookings and guest communications.
  • If the travel suppliers are operating hospitality businesses, the Global Booking Network can publish the rates, inventory, and content of each property to the four GDS systems (Galileo, WorldSpan, Amadeus, and Sabre) as well as over 10,000 travel websites where customers are buying. The partner usually derives a fee from bookings made through the Global Booking Network in addition to those transacted through the suppliers direct sites) and the LDS Portal websites). BookingCenter supports many business models and both confirmed and unconfirmed bookings.
  • Each Partner receives access to a complete CRM system (Customer Relationship Management) allowing the LDS Partner to perform automated email and traditional marketing, e-commerce control and management, and registration/subscription management to their network of Suppliers, Agents, and Resellers. From anywhere!
  • BookingCenter provides useful online reports on all e-commerce transactions through an LDS Portal, maintaining automated billing and marketing of registrations/subscriptions, visitation patterns, and supplier activity in your Network. Perfect for Call Centers and Reservation Agents.

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Next Steps to Create a Local Distribution System

All Partners take advantage of time-tested tools and processes (over 12 years in production) that have been proven to run 24 x 7, secure and reliable booking businesses. The LDS is a technology opportunity proven to make money while serving your local community. Read our White Paper on Association's central reservation systems to learn more and then contact us to learn how you can operate a BookingCenter Local Distribution System.