Bed Banks: Comparing Accommodation, Travel Ancillaries, Connectivity of Hotelbeds, Travco, Bonotel, HotelsPro, and WebBeds

What is a bed bank?

Bed banks aggregate inventory from suppliers and resell it to other businesses
Comparison of wholesalers by accommodation, ancillaries, and connectivity

Hotelbeds: various accommodation types worldwide and activities

Accommodation

Hotel descriptions with tags to help agents with the choice. Source: Hotelbeds

Travel ancillaries

  • 18,000+ activities and tickets in more than 680 destinations in 130 countries (i.e., Legoland Windsor Resort, Port Aventura, Big Bus Tours, Gray Line Tours, City Sightseeing hop-on-hop-off bus tours);
  • 24,000+ transfers (private and shared); and
  • 500+ car rental suppliers across 700+ destinations in over 185 countries (i.e., Goldcar, Hertz, Enterprise, Alamo, Sixt).

Connectivity

  • CacheAPI Scan to get information of availabilities for multiple destinations, occupations, booking durations, hotels, rooms and meal plans, for a long period via software with just one request.
  • CacheAPI — Files Service to access product, prices, and inventory data from a client. Users create HTTP GET requests to defined REST resources and get information returned in CSV files. While you can send requests at any time, new files will be delivered once generated by the system.

Bonotel: luxury properties, activities, and services in the US, Mexico, and the Caribbean

Accommodation

  • luxury hotels
  • resorts
  • lodges
The company showcases partner properties in the annual brochure. Source: Bonotel

Travel ancillaries

  • luxury concierge service,
  • airport transfers, city transfers (can be a limo, of course),
  • golf tee times,
  • tickets to sporting events (i.e., Super Bowl and Masters), concerts and shows (i.e., Cirque du Soleil, David Copperfield, or Magic Mike in Las Vegas), and
  • tours (i.e., Maverick Helicopters, Pink Jeep Tours).

Connectivity

HotelsPro: a huge portfolio with a majority of European properties, transfers, and activities

Accommodation

  • budget hotels
  • hostels
  • beach hotels (resorts)
  • small town hotels, and
  • luxury hotels.

Travel ancillaries

  • private, luxury, and shuttle airport transfers in more than 910 cities in 125 countries, to and from 25,000 hotels;
  • 65,000+ tours and activities, such as tickets to theme parks, attractions, music and sports. The company also supplies sightseeing tours, air and balloon tours, cycle tours, dinner cruises, and jet boat thrill rides worldwide; and
  • car rental from 500+ suppliers in 175 destinations.

Connectivity

  • Via the website. You must register on hotelspro.com and log in to start working with its booking interface.
  • Via APIs. The bed bank provides Coral and Compass APIs. The company representatives note that the API’s average response time is 0.4 seconds.
HotelsPro booking interface

WebBeds by Webjet: global presence and a diverse family of brands

  • JacTravel — one of the leading global hotel accommodation suppliers with the main office in London. JacTravel has direct connections with over 17,000 hotels, an extra additional aggregated portfolio (170,000+ properties), and a large number of preferred group tour suppliers. Totalstay (initially Exclusively Hotels) is part of JacTravel and provides a hotel booking tool for travel agents with room inventory worldwide.
  • Sunhotels — the company operates across Europe and is said to be the market leader in the Nordic countries. Sunhotels offers lodging (200,000+ hotels of all categories) in 120 countries, as well as transfers and excursions. If you need a brand with a strong presence in Mediterranean beach properties, consider this one.
  • Destination of the World (DOTW) — the global accommodation provider specializing in the Middle East market. DOTW can supply you with more than 160,000 hotels in over 10,000 destinations around the globe.
  • FIT Ruums — focuses on the Asian market and offers worldwide hotel accommodation, rail passes and tickets, as well as airport transfers. One of the things you’ll get when partnering with FIT Ruums is hotel content mapping.
  • Lots of Hotels — the company has a presence in 26 markets the Middle East and Africa. It has also expanded into the Americas. The company partners with over 250,000 hotels, among which 2000 are directly contracted hotels on static and more than 20,000 are sourced through dynamic connection with leading hotel chains worldwide. The portfolio isn’t limited to accommodation and also includes global transfer, car rental, sightseeing tours, and products and packages customized for individual customers and market segments.
  • Umrah Holidays International — religious travel service provider to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. The company has direct connections with more than 600 hotels in cities and partners with local tour operators.

Accommodation

Connectivity

WebBeds’s aggregation strategy. Source: WebJet Limited
Some WebBeds brands offer more than two main connectivity options

Travco: a rich collection of European properties along with global brands and ancillaries

Accommodation

  • city hotels,
  • spa hotels,
  • golf resorts,
  • countryside retreats,
  • beach resorts,
  • hostels, and
  • boutique hotels.

Travel ancillaries

  • airport transfers,
  • restaurants,
  • sightseeing tours,
  • passes to top attractions.

Connectivity

How to choose a bed bank?

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