Initial elements of the relationship include a private-label version of CCRA’s proprietary hotel booking engine and the linking of Ensemble member agencies to the CCRA rate code in all major GDS. Details of additional initiatives will be released as they are finalized.
Under the partnership, the new Ensemble-customized hotel booking portal will provide all Ensemble Travel Group members access to over 180,000 hotels worldwide, with bias for the more than 500 properties in the popular Ensemble Hotel & Resort Collection. Members can select from up to five rate categories – CCRA Preferred, 15 percent Enhanced Commission, GDS, Internet, and Net rates – on a single search depending on the client’s needs.
In addition, CCRA’s Preferred Hotel Program becomes Ensemble’s preferred GDS rate code for all transactions outside of Ensemble Travel Group’s own luxury hotel collection. All GDS-based Ensemble member agencies will be immediately linked to the CCRA rate code giving them access to the 26,300 hotels that offer negotiated rates through the CCRA program.
“The new partnership is in sync with our overall technology strategy created to better support our members, regardless of their technology platform,” said Ensemble’s Libbie Rice, co-president. “In addition, the global scope of this relationship, whereby we can share best practices with CCRA’s network of agencies worldwide, strengthens our position as a powerful international player.”
A series of training sessions are currently being finalized for Ensemble Travel Group’s members in the U.S. and Canada. In addition, CCRA executives will participate at the 2012 International Ensemble Travel Group Conference at Red Rock Resort Las Vegas set for October 17-21.
About CCRA Travel Solutions
Based in Ft. Worth, Texas, CCRA Travel Solutions is a global solutions provider in the Travel Industry bringing together professional travel agencies and suppliers around the world via marketing and technology. The company is comprised of the CCRA Call Center Solutions, the CCRA Global Network Division and CCRA Hotel Partner Solutions. CCRAtravel.com is CCRA’s proprietary hotel reservation booking engine that provides real-time rates and availability at over 180,000 hotels worldwide and allows travel agents to choose from up to five rate categories on a single search including: GDS rates, Promotional rates, Internet rates, Net rates and the 15% Enhanced Commission rate categories. Additionally, CCRA offers a variety of marketing opportunities to suppliers interested in reaching over 30,000 professional travel planners. For more information, please visit www.ccra.com or contact Mary Wiley at email@example.com.