Isango in landmark hotel group deal
(14 October 2008) Online destination experience agency Isango has secured a major distribution deal through a partnership with the Accor group of hotel brands.
The agency will provide content and products on a dedicated Tours and Activities channel on the accorhotels.com website – feeding into other Accor-owned brands such as Sofitel, Pullman, Novotel, Mercure, Suitehotel, Ibis, Etap Hotel and Formula 1.
The deal is being billed as a first for the hotel sector as it uses the Isango Gold Label system of XML feeds and integration to cross-sell destination services against existing products.
Dirk von Bassewitz, director of content and new media for Accor, said: “We want to make the booking experience more complete and efficient by gathering more and more additional contents and services related to the trip.
“In this context we’re confident that Isango – with their many exciting experiences and deep expertise in all of our top destinations worldwide – will increase our customer satisfaction.”
The deal is the latest in a line of partnerships for Isango including a major product feed to Ryanair.com signed earlier this year.
Isango vice president for Europe, Daniele Beccari, added: “We’re very excited to launch a new service with a high quality partner such as Accor to maximise the huge potential we see in the relevant integration of a hotel and activity offering.
“It has been great to work with such an enthusiastic, proactive team on the design of the solution and we look forward to the relationship blossoming into a long-term, rewarding business partnership."