Brussels, 4 September 2018 – Availpro, Europe’s leading technology provider for hotel distribution, now cooperates with Worldline [Euronext: WLN], the European leader in the payments and transactional services industry, to provide hoteliers with a full omnichannel solution regarding e-commerce payment services. Availpro’s hotel customers and their guests around the globe benefit from a secure and seamless booking payment solution. To name a few benefits, this partnership allows multicurrency payment and excludes any risk of double or fraudulent booking. On top of that, hotels can optimize their payment fee when direct settlement is reached.
How does it work? When a hotel guest books a room online, Availpro’s Smart Channel Manager registers all transaction data. Since September 1st, Availpro securely transfers those payment details to Worldline, which processes the credit card transaction. This solution allows hotels as well to benefit from an end-to-end solution including payment terminals; facilitating hotels’ operations with a single point of contact for their complete payments processing.
Léa Vernet, Global Manager, Partnership & Business Development at Availpro: “We are proud to announce a long-term partnership with Worldline, a leading e-commerce player. Our goal is to provide our hotel clients with top-notch payment solutions for their global distribution. This partnership extends hotels’ reach worldwide thanks to local currency and payment mode management: guests can now pay the way they want in their own currency.”
Léa Vernet adds: “This also provides one single point of reporting; one of Availpro’s key differentiators in terms of hotel technology tools. We are constantly innovating to ease hoteliers’ day-to-day life and help them focus on high-quality service. Indirect and direct distribution, payment solutions, revenue management and analytics are all controlled and managed from one single entry point.”
Vincent Roland, Managing Director of Worldline’s Merchant Services: “Our partnership with Availpro serves both the hospitality industry and hotel guests by directly debiting the sum paid online for a room. Hotels now receive their payment at the time of the booking; avoiding any risk of double or fraudulent booking while reducing the transaction cost. In the long run, our objective is to implement our credit card terminals in the lobbies of Availpro’s hotel clients.”
Vincent Roland continues: “The omnichannel solution covering e-commerce and terminal needs of Availpro marks a milestone that I am pleased to notice. By merging our expertise in online hospitality with the POS environment, we have managed to set up an end-to-end solution to truly improve the end-to-end booking experience for the hotel and their guests as well.”
A total of 11,500 hotels are connected to Availpro’s Channel Manager and Smart Booking Engine: all can now benefit from this agreement. Worldline delivers an end-to-end solution in e-commerce, helping hotels to receive payments directly. This solution relies on Worldline’s Online Payment Acceptance Solution, covering gateway and commercial acquiring services for a period of 3 years.
Worldline [Euronext: WLN] is the European leader in payment and transaction services. Worldline’s forward-thinking innovations and services enable companies to reach their end users in a targeted way and provide them with seamless, state-of-the-art services. With more than 45 years of experience, Worldline is a key player in the B2B2C sector. Worldline supports all kinds of companies and public authorities in the ever-changing marketplace and contributes to their success. Worldline offers a unique and flexible business model that is based on a growing, global portfolio and also includes end-to-end support. Worldline’s activities are divided into three business units: Merchant Services, Mobility & e-Transactional Services, and Financial Services (including equensWorldline). Worldline employs more than 9,400 individuals worldwide and generates an annual turnover of EUR 1.6 billion. Worldline is an Atos company. www.worldline.com
Availpro, a leading technology provider to the global hospitality industry, aims at contributing to the hoteliers’ growth by increasing their online distribution, whether through direct room selling on their own website or other digital channels. More than 6500 properties in 89 countries benefit from a range of innovative products helping them increasing their occupancy and revenue. Being a powerful connector, Availpro has created strategic synergies with more than 450 partners worldwide. With a local presence in 23 countries in Europe, Availpro differentiates itself with onsite local teams and a dedicated customer service. The global expansion is supported by a multilingual dashboard and a booking engine available in more than 30 languages. www.availpro.com