HotelsCombined Selects Leonardo Direct Connectivity to the Industry’s Largest Hotel Visual Content Library
Toronto, Canada and Sydney, Australia – August 5, 2015 – Leonardo Worldwide Corporation today announced a new agreement with HotelsCombined, an accommodation meta-search website that helps over 300 million travelers every year find the best hotel deals.
In the past three years, HotelsCombined, one of the leading hotel meta-search websites in the global hospitality industry with partners such as Expedia, Hotels.com and Booking.com, has doubled its numbers of users and increased its number of bookable hotels to over 800,000. To continue their global expansion, HotelsCombined needed access to high-quality and fresh content that would compel travel shoppers to book with them.
By subscribing to Leonardo’s MediaConnect product, HotelsCombined will source high quality photos for hotels listed on its travel website and affiliate network, providing HotelsCombined with access to a level of quality and quantity of content that they could not receive consistently anywhere else.
MediaConnect provides advanced XML connectivity based on OTA (Open Travel Alliance) standards to Leonardo’s database of rich hotel content which HotelsCombined will download and display on their website.
With HotelsCombined in Leonardo’s VNetwork, the most extensive visual media syndication network in the global travel industry, hotels have the opportunity to reach and engage HotelsCombined customers through a more visual story.
Seamless Image Sourcing and Processing
HotelsCombined will gain access to over 1.5 million photos from the global travel industry’s largest hotel media library for over 100,000 GDS listed hotels globally.
HotelsCombined will benefit from MediaConnect’s seamless image sourcing and processing features including:
- Delivery of media in multiple formats and sizes along with meta-data including categories and captions.
- Brand and hotel certified content that is updated regularly to ensure accuracy and freshness of content on HotelsCombined’s platform and minimize rogue image issues.
- Media sourcing through advanced XML connectivity based on industry standards from HTNG (Hotel Technology Next Generation) and Open Travel Alliance.
“We’re delighted HotelsCombined has chosen our technology to gain access to the industry’s largest hotel media library. Integrating our technology to display hotel visual content ensures that they are providing the compelling, immersive visual experiences that travel shoppers have come to expect,” says John McAuliffe, Leonardo’s President.
“We’re excited to enhance our websites and platforms with content that will provide our users with the visuals they’re looking for when searching for accommodations online, helping them make the right choice for their booking,” says Hichame Assi, Chief Operating Officer, HotelsCombined.
HotelsCombined is the world’s leading hotel price comparison website. Our technology cuts through availability and prices from all the top travel sites in one simple search, helping millions of travelers to make the right accommodation decisions every year. By partnering with key online travel brands and hoteliers from around the world, HotelsCombined offers the best range of hotel deals so users can feel confident they’ve got the most from their booking.
HotelsCombined is available in over 40 languages and delivers prices in 120 currencies. Learn more: www.hotelscombined.com
Leonardo Worldwide Corporation is a technology company serving the global hospitality industry. Leonardo provides e-marketers at hotel brands, management companies, hotel properties and travel websites with technology solutions that improve the way they present their hotels online to travel shoppers.
Leonardo’s core products include Vizlly, a cloud-based Multi-Channel Digital Marketing System that makes it easy for hotel marketers to create and publish websites, mobile websites, social media apps and digital brochures for third party travel websites; VScape® Digital Asset Management System, an enterprise-level digital asset management and distribution tool that helps hotel chains better source, manage, organize, store, and publish media assets to direct and indirect online channels; and MediaConnect, advanced connectivity for travel websites to access the industry’s definitive source of hotel certified visual content.
Key to all products is Leonardo’s extensive connectivity. Using Leonardo’s VNetwork, the largest travel website network in the global hospitality industry including GDSs, Meta Search sites, OTAs and more, hoteliers can publish their content and stories to millions of travel shoppers all over the world on the channels, devices and platforms they use to shop for hotels online.
For more information about Leonardo, visit www.leonardo.com.