UK: Mantis, a collection of privately-owned, five-star boutique hotels, has formed a partnership with Mr & Mrs Smith.
The partnership will see Mantis’ new booking engine channel being powered by Mr & Mrs Smith’s proprietary technology, which will “offer hotel members increased sales capability, and consumers, an improved user experience”. The Mantis and Smith interface, which will first run in a test phase, will launch to market in June.
Mantis says it currently offers member properties sales, marketing and management solutions for their boutique business to ensure successful growth and drive long term brand development, which will be strengthened by this new partnership agreement. The company also offers consultancy services in other disciplines including conservation, education and hotel development.
The booking engine channel, called the Smith Availability Management System, was designed in liaison with an advisory panel of hoteliers to enable seamless inventory management. It currently interfaces with at least 18 channel management systems and can, subject to request, interface with many more.
Adrian Gardiner, founder and chairman of Mantis, said: “We have been inspired by what Smith Hotels has achieved over the last 10 years and feel privileged to be aligned with this dynamic group. The endorsement from the Smith brand and access to their technology is an invaluable asset to further properties joining the unique and luxurious Mantis Collection portfolio.”
Tamara Heber Percy, co-founder and CTO of Mr & Mrs Smith said: ‘We’re excited by this opportunity to share our experience and technology with a hand-picked partner like Mantis Collection. Our specialist, in-house development team has created a system that offers complex functionality, and should provide Mantis’ world-wide collection of hotels with a user-friendly solution to inventory management and online bookings.”