Revenue managers go mobile with HotelTonight extranet
HotelTonight, which has streamlined mobile hotel booking for consumers, has launched a mobile extranet for revenue managers.
The company claims that this new extranet, in the form of a mobile-accessible Web app, is “the first product of its kind.”
Revenue managers, working for HotelTonight partners, can use the app’s close-out button to clear inventory they no longer want to offer, and change room inventory in four taps, HotelTonight says.
In addition, revenue managers can change pricing in five taps, the company says.
These functions can be managed from one screen on their iPhones, Android devices or Blackberrys and changes take effect “instantly,” HotelTonight states.
HotelTonight’s consumer apps for iOS and Android offer a handful of hotels in 28 cities, and they can be booked starting that night only.
The company launched its consumer services as an iPhone app late last year and until now offered hotels a traditional extranet, which wasn’t optimized for mobile, says Sam Shank, HotelTonight’s co-founder and CEO.
HotelTonight introduced an Android app for consumers several months ago.
In theory, revenue managers using the mobile extranet now can oversee their HotelTonight inventory and rate choices from an aircraft, while being driven to an appointment or from a restaurant using mobile browsers — anywhere on the go — instead of having to wait to get to a laptop or desktop computer.
Dennis Schaal was North American editor for Tnooz.