2023 is shaping up to be a busy year for meetings and events, with 15.5 million more group room nights booked globally for H1 compared to the same time in 2022, according to Amadeus’ Demand360® data as of April 6, 2023. As demand grows, busy planners are looking for venues with efficient processes and hassle-free booking options. Naturally, this moves hotels with instant online booking capabilities to the top of their lists.
To further support the return of group business and expand on the current partnership, Amadeus announces it will now offer MeetingPackage’s Venue Sales Management (VSM) solution. This is an additional offering on top of Amadeus’ current industry-leading sales & catering software suite.
The Venue Sales Management solution fills a critical gap, especially for hotels that have limited or no dedicated sales staff. The partnership between MeetingPackage and Amadeus will help increase the volume of instantly bookable meeting rooms in the market, generating valuable revenue opportunities for the properties.
For chains and other enterprises, Venue Sales Management integrates with most major property management systems and sales & catering solutions and enables any multi-property client to present Venue Sales Management as a single sales channel to planners whether the properties are using sales & catering software or not. This is a truly unique offering to the global market and further automates the process for all parties involved.
The benefits and integration possibilities of the technology for hotel customers also include:
- Easy to use, self-service onboarding, and direct management of venue content, pricing, inventory, and images.
- Booking Engine integration to sell meeting rooms online via direct channels using a branded end-to-end sales process. For planners, the event booking process becomes as simple as booking a hotel room.
- Channel Manager integration to manage distribution strategy in one place without the need to maintain third-party websites, commissions, or ways of working.
“As planners expect more automation and prefer online booking options, we are seeing huge interest from hotel clients looking to adapt to these needs. We are excited to partner with Amadeus to increase visibility for this solution in the market. The partnership allows us to focus on building the best product while allowing Amadeus to expand the scope of solutions it offers its global customer base of hotels,” said Joonas Ahola, CEO & Founder of MeetingPackage.
“Today’s events industry is fast-paced and complex, requiring technology providers to deploy appropriate solutions to transform the meeting and events industry by supporting online booking, event delivery, and distribution. We are proud to work alongside MeetingPackage to accommodate the needs of hotels of all shapes and sizes and further streamline the entire meeting and event booking process,” commented Mirja Sickel, VP, Hospitality Distribution, Amadeus.