SiteMinder Expands Footprint into the Americas
Thursday June 19th, 2014 - 11:12AM M
| | | | | | | | | | |
These are shortcuts to your favorite social networking and bookmark sites. Add this story to your Facebook page, del.icio.us, DiggIt, and many others!
DALLAS—SiteMinder has opened its headquarters for the Americas here, following the completion of a $30-million Series B funding this year. According to the company, the opening of this office builds on the successful financing round with U.S. VC Technology Crossover Ventures (TCV) in January.
“We are delighted to announce the opening of our head office for the Americas,” stated Mike Ford, SiteMinder’s co-founder and CEO. “We’ve been very excited about bringing our market-leading products and services to the region, and this step now allows us to complete our follow-the-sun service model alongside our existing operational centers in Sydney, Bangkok, London and Cape Town.”
SiteMinder’s products are aimed at allowing hotels to find, connect and convert guests online. The Channel Manager, an enterprise distribution technology platform that enables hotels to connect their systems to all points of sale, including OTAs, GDS, wholesalers, booking meta sites and hotels’ own direct websites, is at the heart of the company’s cloud-based solutions. The Channel Manager is at more than 14,000 hotel properties in 137 countries, including the U.S.
The Dallas office will be led by Fig Cakar, managing director for SiteMinder’s Americas operation. Cakar’s previous roles include Director – North America for Asia’s largest accommodation website, Agoda. Other members of the team include David Chestler, a senior executive with more than thirty years of management experience in the hospitality industry. He now serves in the global role of EVP, enterprise sales and business development.
Tags: SiteMinder • The Americas • Dallas • new office • Fig Cakar • David Chestler • Hospitality • Operational •
When you hear all the lodging industry projections for the months and years to come, much of the robust growth is forecast to be the result of the expected influx of travelers from China. In what could only be seen as good news for the industry, that expectation moved a little closer to reality when President Obama signed a visa waiver extension for Chinese travelers earlier this month.