In the past three years, HotelsCombined, one of the leading hotel meta-search websites in the global hospitality industry with partners such as Expedia, Hotels.com and Booking.com, has doubled its numbers of users and increased its number of bookable hotels to over 800,000. To continue their global expansion, HotelsCombined needed access to high-quality and fresh content that would compel travel shoppers to book with them. By subscribing to Leonardo’s MediaConnect product, HotelsCombined will source high quality photos for hotels listed on its travel website and affiliate network, providing HotelsCombined with access to a level of quality and quantity of content that they could not receive consistently anywhere else. MediaConnect provides advanced XML connectivity based on OTA (Open Travel Alliance) standards to Leonardo’s database of rich hotel content which HotelsCombined will download and display on their website. With HotelsCombined in Leonardo’s VNetwork, the most extensive visual media syndication network in the global travel industry, hotels have the opportunity to reach and engage HotelsCombined customers through a more visual story. Seamless Image Sourcing and Processing HotelsCombined will gain access to over 1.5 million photos from the global travel industry’s largest hotel media library for over 100,000 GDS listed hotels globally. HotelsCombined will benefit from MediaConnect’s seamless image sourcing and processing features including: - Delivery of media in multiple formats and sizes along with meta-data including categories and captions. - Brand and hotel certified content that is updated regularly to ensure accuracy and freshness of content on HotelsCombined’s platform and minimize rogue image issues. - Media sourcing through advanced XML connectivity based on industry standards from HTNG (Hotel Technology Next Generation) and Open Travel Alliance. “We’re delighted HotelsCombined has chosen our technology to gain access to the industry’s largest hotel media library. Integrating our technology to display hotel visual content ensures that they are providing the compelling, immersive visual experiences that travel shoppers have come to expect,” says John McAuliffe, Leonardo’s President. “We’re excited to enhance our websites and platforms with content that will provide our users with the visuals they’re looking for when searching for accommodations online, helping them make the right choice for their booking,” says Hichame Assi, Chief Operating Officer, HotelsCombined. Related Link: Leonardo