GuestCentric acquires Great Hotels of the World corporate business division3 min read
Acquisition widens GuestCentric’s leadership in hotel digital strategy to traditional GDS channel
NEW YORK, New York – October 24, 2016 – GuestCentric, the leading provider of cloud-based digital marketing software for hotels, today announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement with UK-based Big Worldwide Limited to acquire the corporate business division of Great Hotels of the World, a global representation organization for independent hotels and resorts, its associated GDS code, and its Evolution central reservations system deployed by numerous hotels in 42 countries and with a significant presence in EMEA.
“The marketing and software needs of the hotel industry are evolving at the fastest pace seen in decades. Hoteliers want a partner that provides them with access to diversified strategies so that they can compete on all digital playing fields.” said Pedro Colaco, chief executive officer of GuestCentric. “By bringing together GuestCentric and Great Hotels of the World’s GDS, hotels will immediately benefit from innovative digital marketing capabilities tied to top shelf representation services.”
“Great Hotels of the World and GuestCentric share a passion for providing our partner hotels with innovative revenue generating solutions that focus on customer success,” said Peter Gould, chief executive officer of Big Worldwide. “This combination announced today will bring new revenue streams to our joint customers and a future-proof set of hospitality solutions that will help the greatest hotels in the world service their guests better.”
GuestCentric has been working with extraordinary hoteliers to redefine their digital strategy, to build their brands online and to grow their hotels’ digital revenue streams without increasing total online spend. Great Hotels of the World’s broad representation capabilities will allow GuestCentric to provide GDS services on top of its leading digital marketing platform, providing a turnkey solution for all digital revenue streams to hotels.
“Great Hotels of the World and its Evolution CRS are two of the industry’s most respected brands with an extremely strong presence in Central Europe. Acquiring Great Hotels of the World’s corporate business division extends GuestCentric’s leadership position in digital revenue generating solutions for hotels.” continued Colaco. “We look forward to welcoming the talented Great Hotels of the World team to GuestCentric, and join us on our journey to deliver the best possible digital strategies to hotels worldwide.”
Together with Great Hotels of the World, GuestCentric will help thousands of the top hotels in the world achieve digital success, empowering them with the latest online solutions.
GuestCentric is the leading provider of cloud-based digital marketing software and services that help extraordinary hoteliers enhance their brands, drive direct bookings and connect with their customers and on all digital platforms.
GuestCentric’s award-winning solution provides hoteliers with the only unified solution for managing hotel guests’ online journey: custom-built responsive web sites for mobile, tablets and desktops; an integrated booking engine; a social marketing module to publish deals on Facebook, Twitter and other social networks; and a channel manager to offer rooms on Booking, Expedia, TripAdvisor, Google and hundreds of other channels.
GuestCentric has operations in New York, San Diego, London, Barcelona and Lisbon, and is a proud partner of hotels that are part of collections like Design Hotels, Small Luxury Hotels, Leading Hotels of the World, Relais & Chateaux and VOILA Hotel Rewards.
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