Hospitality Technology International (HTI), Africa’s leading developer of hospitality software for hotels and lodges, has announced it has developed a new Internet booking engine. The new version will be commercially available from the end of March.
Rory Montgomery, in charge of marketing at HTI, says the company expected a “good take-up” from the company’s  existing clients, which include blue chip clients, such as Protea Hotels, City Lodge and Southern Sun.
The company supplies its eRes software to over 90 groups, spanning more than 2 500 properties globally. The software – a Web-based application that interfaces seamlessly with most major property management systems, local travel agents, tour operators and global marketing portals – is said to be the most widely used CRS in Africa.
The new Internet booking engine took 12 months to develop, says Montgomery. Version 7 is described as a simple four-step booking process, from “look to book”, which gives users a logical and streamlined booking experience.
“We looked at five leading international standards with regards to our IBE and took a best of breed approach from all five, developing a local version which, from an operational and functionality point of view, is arguably one of the most effective off the shelf solutions on the market.”
He says the software enhancement to eRes will be “ongoing”, adding that the investment in the company’s flagship software will bear fruit during the next few years and will assist the company to grow its client base, especially into Europe, Asia Pacific and the rest of Africa where “market conditions are ripe for expansion”.