BookingMarkets has developed a cloud-based property management system for small independent hotels.
The technology, called Dashbell, enables the properties to manage reservations and availability as well as distribute inventory globally with the help of a website widget.
The tool ¬†is complementary to the company’s existing white label accommodation booking system but specifically targets independent properties in emerging markets.
The full product will not be available for a few weeks but about 10 hotels in Florianopolis, Brazil are already trialling the technology. The majority of bookings for these properties are currently via phone or e-mail.
BookingMarkets took the decision to launch Dashbell initially in Brazil because of the growth of online travel in the region as well as the lack of solutions in local language.
At launch the tool will be available in English, Spanish and Portuguese.
BookingMarkets (Tlabs here) has also closed angel funding of $228,000 through TechStars with further funding in the pipeline and boosted its board of directors with the appointment of PhoCusWright founder and chairman Philip Wolf.
The startup, which was the only travel business to be accepted to the TechStars programme in August, ¬†presented Dashbell earlier today at a TechStars demo day in Boston.