Highgate Hotels Provides Additional Service to its Hotels - Commission-Free Online Distribution by

2009-03-03 02:57 804

MIAMI, Mar. 5 /PRNewswire-Asia/ -- Highgate Hotels, manager and/or owner of 34 hotels throughout the United States, Canada, Europe and the Cayman Islands, and, operator of the world's only free online distribution network for the hotel industry, have partnered for commission-free online distribution. This strategic partnership will grant the hotels the Company manages 100% of the revenue generated by consumer bookings directed to the hotels' websites via

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"Since the bookings that we receive from are commission-free, it did not take us long to decide whether or not to join the effort. This new Online Travel Agency model is exactly what the entire industry has been waiting for in order to reduce distribution costs," said Ankur Randev, Regional Vice President of Revenue & Distribution at Highgate Hotels.

Highgate Hotels is one of over 30 global hotel companies that are currently in discussions with The commission-free model has sparked interest from all members of the hospitality industry and all of the attention is sure to add momentum to the Company's success and that of its partners.

"We are proud that Highgate has joined and will take advantage of our new commission-free model. Of course, travel agents that book hotels through will still receive their commissions from suppliers if the rates are commissionable. But more and more customers today are using the OTAs and Meta Search Engines to shop around, and then book directly. We are simply making that process easier for them," said Ashwin Kamlani, CEO,

For more information on how to join and benefit from commission-free online distribution, send an email to: .

About Highgate Hotels

Founded in 1988, Highgate Hotels is a privately-held hotel management company with national and international investments headquartered in Dallas, Texas, with offices in New York City, London, and Vancouver. The company's current portfolio includes 34 hotels throughout the United States, Canada, Europe, and the Cayman Islands, totaling to more than 19,100 rooms (including owned and managed properties).

About, founded by Danish entrepreneur Morten Sondergaard, operates the world's first and only free online distribution network for the hotel industry. Ashwin Kamlani, formerly Global VP of Distribution with Sol Melia Hotels & Resorts, was selected as CEO of in March 2008 and is based in the Company's Miami office.

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