DHISCO Inc., the world’s leading hospitality distribution company, announced today that its connection with Zumata’s artificial intelligence-based travel platform is now live, dramatically expanding the global reach of both companies’ hotel buying and selling partners.
DHISCO CEO Toni Portmann said the partnership gives DHISCO’s 130-plus online travel agencies access, through the DHISCO Switch, to rate and availability information from more than 400,000 of Zumata’s hotel and vacation rental properties.
At the same time, it displays DHISCO’s hotel partner inventory to Zumata customers, including many in the fast-growing Asian travel marketplace.
Zumata, a Singapore-based company, has won numerous awards for its AI advances. Its tools help travel retailers increase sales by improving customer experiences with better imagery, content and the ability to process natural language queries in 29 languages.
Zumata pulls rates and availability from third-party sources around the globe, enabling it to offer more rooms and vacation rental rates than traditional distributors – all through a single connection and with the benefit of deep technology assisting in the mapping process, according to Zumata CEO Josh Ziegler. Zumata’s AI capabilities also allow for more customized, natural language-based searches beyond traditional queries that only return information on rates and availability.
Ziegler said the partnership enables his company to easily connect with both DHISCO’s buying and selling partners to expand the reach of Zumata’s AI-based system.
“No other company can offer us the reach of DHISCO, the world’s original and leading hospitality distribution company,” Ziegler said. “We believe this first step of collaboration provides the scale necessary for both parties to shape the industry together and take distribution to exciting new levels.”
Noting that Zumata has “created the world’s only AI-based distribution system,” Portmann said: “We are pleased to increase our inventory and capabilities as we help Zumata expand its reach through DHISCO’s simple, one-to-many switch. This partnership represents a true collaboration, allowing us to merge our complementary systems and move the hospitality industry into the future while increasing the success of our global partners.”
Zumata recently won the Digital Innovation Asia Award at the Digi.travel Thailand International Conference & Expo 2017 in Bangkok and was named one of the top 10 disruptive travel companies to watch in 2017 by the website Disruptor Daily.
About DHISCO Inc.
DHISCO Inc. is the world’s original and leading hospitality distribution company, providing the most reliable and advanced technology to connect hotels around the world with online travel agencies, global distribution systems, metasearch engines and other travel partners. Since 1989, DHISCO has built its reputation on providing the most efficient and affordable means to market, capture and book hotel reservations. Today, it moves more than 13 billion transactions a month for more than 514,000 hotels.
Zumata is a technology company providing enterprise-grade solutions that simplify the complex. Zumata’s Hotel Booking API and Artificial Intelligence (AI) solutions enable partners to enhance customer satisfaction while providing excellent products and services at lower costs. Zumata’s Hotel API offers over 500,000 unique hotel properties with premium imagery and descriptions, in 29 languages, alongside business intelligence. Its versatile AI technology can be applied across almost any industry to harnesses natural language understanding, tone analysis and image recognition to help companies automate tasks and improve customer experience.
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