Travel Leaders Group unveiled a new hotel booking website, PinSight, available to all of its agents. It is also currently available to Sabre GDS users; Travelport and Amadeus users are expected to have access by next year

The solution, available to agents at no cost, identifies and highlights the hotels that participate in Travel Leaders Group’s Worldwide Hotels Program and Select Hotels & Resorts.

“There are many benefits to our agency owners when their agents use PinSight,” CEO Ninan Chacko said in a statement. “First, PinSight creates significant efficiencies for our agencies on two counts — agents are able to reduce the time they spend researching, and all of their activity can be reported in real time. Second, PinSight increases attachment rates, a critical factor that not only ensures our agents are holistic in their approach to selling all travel components, but also helps us demonstrate further value to our hotel partners.”

The new solution replaces Stream, Travel Leaders Group’s proprietary booking solution, the company said. PinSight has twice the hotel inventory and more commission opportunities, according to Travel Leaders Group. It also has both prepaid and post-stay rates, whereas Stream only had prepaid rates. Stream was also only available online, not on GDSs.

Erick Rodriguez, senior vice president of Travel Leaders Group’s Hotel Division, said in a statement that PinSight’s “selections include public and private hotel channels in one screen, pricing from prepaid inventory to rates featuring significant value-adds, and all room categories, plus extraordinary mapping capabilities — each of which places our agents in the driver’s seat, in competing directly with those online sites focused strictly on price alone."

Currently, the solution is available as a cloud-based, B2B system. Travel Leaders Group said in the first few weeks since launch, the site has over 7,000 users. While it is only available on Sabre right now, PinSight is expected to be available on Travelport by the end of the year and Amadeus in early 2017, according to Travel Leaders Group.

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