protel and Best Western Blunsdon House launch first fully integrated booking engine at Facebook

protel presents first fully integrated booking engine for Facebook (lifePR) ( Dortmund, )
September 2010 - Best Western Blunsdon House Hotel, UK, and German protel hotelsoftware announce the launch of the first booking engine completely integrated in Facebook. It is now possible to complete an entire booking straight from the hotel's Facebook fan page without having to leave Facebook or visit another website. Facebook users can view the hotel's offer and book a room realtime while at the same time chatting with their friends.

That's a first: Starting with the idea for next weekend's outing, Facebook users will now be able to plan and organize the whole trip entirely in Facebook. Finding a hotel, selecting a room, defining the length of stay and the number of travellers - protel Social Netbooking not only allows to discuss and settle all these details in teamwork but to carry out the actual booking straight away without ever having to leave Facebook. The new feature is an enhancement to the online distribution functions of protel hotel property management systems SPE and MPE and web-based hotel management software bookatonce, opening another promising channel to further advance the hotel distribution via the Internet.
The new solution makes the power and the advantages of protel's well-proven online booking services useable in yet another environment. Besides its integration into the hotel's website, protel Web Booking Engine can be applied via the hotel's Facebook fan page at the same time - opening up the huge community of social networkers as a new customer segment. The enthusiasm concerning "social media platforms" is growing stronger year by year, as shown by a recent survey. The number of visitors, page views and - most important - the average length of stay are increasing continuously. Facebookers especially foster a profound aversion to leaving their beloved network while chatting and communicating with their friends. It seems like a given that hotels which place their offer completely within Facebook can definitely expect to find new customers.

protel online reservation systems allow quick and comfortable booking via the internet. No matter if non-binding requests or firm bookings: Information on availabilities und rates are drawn in real time from the protel property management system used by the hotel. Flexibility, versatility and user orientation as well as an appealing display of offers play an important role, regardless of whether it's rooms, wellness packages, arrangements or events. Additional features like the "One-click-upgrade" cater for higher average room rates without requiring extra effort.

Online distribution with protel and bookatonce
Marketing hotels using electronic distribution channels is a chance and a challenge at the same time. Never before has there been such a wide range of possibilities for placing offers on the global market. protel meets these demands by providing an ever-growing number of interfaces, seamlessly integrating online distribution channels into protel systems SPE and MPE as well as into the web-based (SaaS) solution bookatonce. Integrating "Twitter" and "Facebook" are only the latest steps taken to exploit the possibilities of the interactive world of "Web 2.0".

Best Western Premier Blunsdon House
Best Western Premier Blunsdon House Hotel near Swindon is a unique four star family owned hotel in the county of Wiltshire, UK. There are 116 comfortable bedrooms, two restaurants, three bars, eleven meeting rooms and a Health and Leisure Club and a golf course making Blunsdon House Hotel a popular choice of hotel with people travelling on business, families or couples wanting a short break. Best Western Premier Blunsdon House Hotel values very highly the many personal connections built up over the years. The personal touch and a management ethos that dictates that guests are treated as individual people, not a room number, is frequently commented upon by many customers that have also become friends.
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