JackRabbit Systems, Inc., developer of online travel software for destination and tourism bureau websites, has today announced a partnership with Half Moon Bay Coastside Chamber of Commerce & Visitors' Bureau.

Now, when travelers go to www.visithalfmoonbay.org  or www.halfmoonbaychamber.org to search for accommodations, they will interface with the Book › Direct system, which has been branded to match the Visit Half Moon Bay and Half Moon Bay Chamber websites and includes functionality that allows visitors to compare rates and availability and select desired lodging. The visitor will then be redirected to complete their transaction directly with the lodging property. "We are very impressed with JackRabbit Systems," said Charise Hale McHugh, ACE of Half Moon Bay Coastside Chamber of Commerce & Visitors' Bureau. "Having the capabilities for our lodging properties to use the Book › Direct Search Engine technology from our websites is a huge asset, especially for our smaller properties. The JackRabbit team has been great to work with and the process took very little of our staff time."

The Book › Direct Search Engine is the only booking solution in the marketplace that is 100% dedicated to facilitating direct reservations to all lodging properties in each tourism bureau destination. Book › Direct also keeps 100% of the gross lodging revenue within the DMO market (and 100% taxable).

KEY BENEFITS
FOR DMO WEBSITE VISITORS

  • Website visitors can conduct dynamic searches by preferred location, category, and check-in and check-out date from the Book › Direct toolbar located directly on the Visit Half Moon Bay home page and other site profile pages and the Half Moon Bay Chamber lodging page.
  • Date-driven Book › Direct search results provide immediate information on the lowest average rate per night, hotel amenities, location, and type of accommodations available.
  • Most consumers book direct, especially from DMO websites. According to the latest American Hotel & Lodging/Smith Travel Research Study, nearly 81% of consumers completed their reservations directly with the lodging property supporting the fact that consumers highly prefer (and do) book direct.
  • Allows consumers to easily utilize loyalty reward points, membership discounts, etc. based on the direct reservation and relationship with the lodgings.
FOR DMO LODGING PARTNERS
  • JackRabbit Book › Direct allows travelers that go to www.visithalfmoonbay.org or www.halfmoonbaychamber.org to book directly with accommodations with no additional fees or commissions, bypassing online booking fees and travel agency commissions from standard 3rd party booking engines, completely eliminating the "middleman."
  • JackRabbit does not require any additional inventory management for lodgings into the Book › Direct system!
  • Consumers become the lodging's direct customer, allowing the lodging to service, transact the booking and remarket to their customers for repeat stays.
  • Allows lodgings better control of pricing realizing in a higher ADR compared to 3rd party booking engines.
FOR DMOS
  • State of the Art site visitor experience utilizing dynamic search efficiency and navigation.
  • 100% participation, meaning all lodging partners participate in the Book › Direct technology and search results.
  • Real-time analytics and detailed reports data.
  • Keeps 100% of the lodging and sales tax within the DMO's market. Instead of bed tax being collected on 70%-75% of the rate with many major online travel agencies, it is collected on 100% of the rate via Book › Direct driving the highest market ROI compared to any other 3rd party solution.