Seekda Acquires Regatta Travel Solutions

Charlottesville, Virginia (September 7, 2016) – Regatta Travel Solutions announced today that it has been acquired by Seekda.  Terms of the deal were undisclosed.  Together, the two companies will focus on increasing direct booking volume for hotels through optimized meta-search and a powerful hotel booking engine.  Seekda will also expand on Regatta’s work with Destination Marketing Organizations (DMOs).  Ashwin Kamlani, the Founder & CEO of Regatta Travel Solutions, has been appointed President of Seekda.  His team will be expanding their offices in Charlottesville, Virginia over the next few weeks as they prepare to lead Seekda’s North America Division.

Seekda was founded in 2007 in Austria. Today the company offers meta-search connectivity to thousands of hotels in Europe and a smart bidding platform that algorithmically optimizes the hotel’s budget across meta-search channels.  Regatta Travel Solutions, founded in 2010, powers the booking engines of independent hotels and hotel chains, as well as more than 50 official Destination Marketing Organization (DMO) websites. Regatta has gained recognition in the industry with its cutting edge approach to the online booking process and innovative conversion tactics.

“You now have the most intelligent meta-search bidding platform on the market, combined with the most sophisticated booking technology available,” said Ashwin Kamlani, President of Seekda.  “Hotels have never had such a powerful weapon in their arsenal before to capture direct demand through their own websites and meta-search engines.  Meanwhile, we are going to accelerate the work that we have been doing with DMOs, successfully converting their websites into commission-free distribution channels for their hotels and attractions.  For Regatta, we do not see this as an ‘exit’, but rather our grand entrance.”

“The technology that Regatta has introduced to the hotel industry is unparalleled,” said Randy Gilling, CEO of Seekda.  “Together, our companies are going to empower hotels in a way that will finally allow them to effectively compete for their own customers.  We don’t just level the playing field, we give our hotels a competitive advantage when it comes to capturing guests using their own websites and booking engines.  The timing couldn’t be better for our two companies to be joining forces.”

Hotels everywhere are struggling to increase their volume of direct bookings.  Most are focusing on traditional digital marketing efforts to compete for traffic, or advertising campaigns that effectively lower their Average Daily Rate by discounting against other channels.  Seekda enables hotels to spend each marketing dollar much more efficiently to capture the most qualified traffic to their websites, and to give hotel customers ways to book online that even the largest OTAs cannot imitate to boost conversions and increase the profitability of their hotels.

Ashwin Kamlani will be moderating a panel about independent hotels driving direct bookings at the Triptease Direct Booking Summit in Washington DC on September 13, 2016.

About Regatta Travel Solutions LLC

Regatta Travel Solutions enables hotels to increase direct bookings at a lower cost while improving the online booking experience for their guests.  The company’s booking engine technology is unrivaled in the industry.  Destination Marketing Organizations, across the globe, use Regatta’s system to attract and capture hotel and attraction bookings on their websites, creating the most cost-effective channel available for their partners.  Regatta also offers a cutting-edge sports housing solution used by prominent sporting event companies and organizations.  Visit www.regattatravelsolutions.com for more details.

About Seekda GmbH

Seekda develops solutions for the hospitality industry to intelligently generate incremental bookings and maximize profits. Seekda provides the most advanced meta-search management platform available and combines conventional distribution channels such as direct booking and online channels with metasearch and other innovative distribution channels and allows Hotels maximum efficiency in the positioning in direct sales. Established in 2007, Seekda is now used by more than 9,000 hotels and independent properties across 108 countries.

VISIT Lake Geneva Selects Regatta Travel Solutions to Power Booking Engine on VisitLakeGeneva.com

Charlottesville, Virginia (August 30, 2016) – Regatta Travel Solutions announced today that VISIT Lake Geneva has selected Regatta Travel Solutions to power the booking engine on their official destination website, VisitLakeGeneva.com.  Regatta will allow visitors to the destination website to easily book hotels and Bed and Breakfasts, and Vacation Rentals on the destination’s official website.

“Before we had even launched the booking engine, the Regatta team had come out twice to visit in person with our hoteliers,” said Darien Schaefer, President and CEO of VISIT Lake Geneva.  “They literally go door to door with people who speak the hoteliers’ language to get buy-in and support for the project.  Regatta has approached this project with the right model, the right attitude, and the right team to make it a success.”

“Destination Marketing Organization websites have the ability to compete with Expedia and Booking.com, plain and simple,” said Ashwin Kamlani, Founder of Regatta Travel Solutions.  “It’s a beautiful thing when all the hoteliers in a destination realize that their official destination website can play a role in decreasing their dependency on Online Travel Agencies, and they just never realized it before.  Our technology and digital marketing tactics give suppliers in any destination a new opportunity to effectively attract new customers without having to pay any commission whatsoever.”

Regatta Travel Solutions now powers the booking engines for more than 45 DMOs worldwide.  The Company’s booking engine technology is so advanced, that is it even used by major hotel chains to power their own websites.

About Regatta Travel Solutions LLC

Regatta Travel Solutions enables hotels and destinations to strengthen their direct sales channels to increase direct bookings at lower cost and improve the customer experience.  The company’s booking engine technology is unrivaled in the industry and complemented with a variety of other services such as digital marketing, revenue management, and responsive website design.  Destination Marketing Organizations, across the globe, use Regatta’s system to attract and capture hotel and attraction bookings on their websites, creating the most cost-effective channel available for their partners.  Regatta also offers a cutting-edge sports housing solution used by prominent sporting event companies and organizations.  Visit www.regattatravelsolutions.com for more details.

Travel Salem Selects Regatta Travel Solutions to Power Booking Engine on TravelSalem.com

Charlottesville, Virginia (August 23, 2016) – Regatta Travel Solutions announced today that Travel Salem has selected Regatta Travel Solutions to power the booking engine on their official destination website, TravelSalem.com.  Regatta will allow visitors to the destination website to book hotels, attractions and packages on the destination’s official website.

“Regatta goes way beyond providing excellent booking technology,” said Angie Morris, President & CEO of Travel Salem. “They take the time to understand the political environment of the DMO, and the nature of the relationships between the DMO and its partners and stakeholders.  Regatta works hard to help the DMO build credibility and relevance through the use of their innovative technology and hands on service.  It’s refreshing to work with a company that offers such flexibility and transparency.”

“This has been an exciting project for us to take on and launch,” said Ashwin Kamlani, Founder of Regatta Travel Solutions.  “We held several educational sessions with the various hotel and attraction partners to make sure we had answered all of their questions and had addressed their concerns.  We have built this company by listening to what our customers and their partners need and want, and delivering on our promises to help them succeed.”

Regatta Travel Solutions now powers the booking engines for more than 45 DMOs worldwide.  The Company’s booking engine technology is so advanced, that is it even used by major hotel chains to power their own websites.

About Regatta Travel Solutions LLC

Regatta Travel Solutions enables hotels and destinations to strengthen their direct sales channels to increase direct bookings at lower cost and improve the customer experience.  The company’s booking engine technology is unrivaled in the industry and complemented with a variety of other services such as digital marketing, revenue management, and responsive website design.   Destination Marketing Organizations, across the globe, use Regatta’s system to attract and capture hotel and attraction bookings on their websites, creating the most cost-effective channel available for their partners.  Regatta also offers a cutting-edge sports housing solution used by prominent sporting event companies and organizations.  Visit www.regattatravelsolutions.com for more details.

About Travel Salem

Travel Salem is a non-profit organization that promotes Salem and Marion and Polk counties for leisure tourism and convention and event business. The local annual economic impact of the greater Salem area visitor industry is $553.2 million. Travel Salem manages the Official Salem Area Travel Café/Visitors Center located at 181 High St. NE, in downtown Salem, two I-5 satellite visitor information locations located at the Best Western Mill Creek Inn (3125 Ryan Dr. SE) and the Red Lion Hotel (3301 Market St. NE), and the Official Salem Area Website, www.TravelSalem.com.

Visit Granbury Selects Regatta Travel Solutions to Power Booking Engine on VisitGranbury.com

Charlottesville, Virginia (August 16, 2016) – Regatta Travel Solutions announced today that Visit Granbury has selected Regatta Travel Solutions to power the booking engine on their official destination website, VisitGranbury.com.  Regatta will allow visitors to the destination website to book hotels and ultimately attractions and packages on the destination’s official website.

“I have worked in the DMO industry for a while, and it is unusual to find a partner like Regatta Travel Solutions that truly takes the time and goes the extra mile to provide the destination and the DMO’s partners with the individual attention that they need,” said Teresa Anderson, CEO of Visit Granbury.  “I didn’t expect the company’s CEO to come to Granbury, Texas to get to know our unique destination and to speak one-on-one with each of our hoteliers and Bed and Breakfasts, but that is exactly what happened.”

“It is really important to us that each DMO sees the value of working with Regatta,” said Ashwin Kamlani, Founder of Regatta Travel Solutions.  “We strive to be much more than just a technology provider that builds great booking engine technology for hotels and DMOs.  Our goal is to be a trusted partner that helps the DMO partners increase their profitability through smarter distribution strategies, and thus increase the overall profitability of the destination.”

Regatta Travel Solutions now powers the booking engines for more than 45 DMOs worldwide.  The Company’s booking engine technology is so advanced, that is it even used by major hotel chains to power their own websites.

About Regatta Travel Solutions LLC

Regatta Travel Solutions enables hotels and destinations to strengthen their direct sales channels to increase direct bookings at lower cost and improve the customer experience.  The company’s booking engine technology is unrivaled in the industry and complemented with a variety of other services such as digital marketing, revenue management, and responsive website design.  Destination Marketing Organizations, across the globe, use Regatta’s system to attract and capture hotel and attraction bookings on their websites, creating the most cost-effective channel available for their partners.  Regatta also offers a cutting-edge sports housing solution used by prominent sporting event companies and organizations.  Visit www.regattatravelsolutions.com for more details.

Mount Pleasant Area CVB Selects Regatta Travel Solutions to Power Booking Engine on MountPleasantWow.com

Charlottesville, Virginia (August 9, 2016) – Regatta Travel Solutions announced today that the Mount Pleasant Area CVB has selected Regatta Travel Solutions to power the booking engine on their official destination website, MountPleasantWow.com.  Regatta will allow visitors to the destination website to easily search and book hotels.

“Regatta has truly been a pleasure to work with so far,” said Chris Rowley, Executive Director of the Mount Pleasant Area CVB.  “Any time we ask for something or have questions Regatta responds with lightning speed and has never once come back to us to charge extra for any support we have asked for.  They really are more like an extension of our team rather than a typical vendor.”

“Regatta prides itself on providing a very high level of service to both our destination and hotel clients,” said Ashwin Kamlani, Founder of Regatta Travel Solutions.  “The fact that the hotels in our destinations look to us for advice about their overall distribution strategies outside of the bookings we can send through the DMO website tells me that we are doing something right.  They see us as a source of knowledge and reliable support, which in turn reflects favorably on the DMO for choosing us as a partner.”

Regatta Travel Solutions now powers the booking engines for more than 45 DMOs worldwide.  The Company’s booking engine technology is so advanced, that is it even used by major hotel chains to power their own websites.

About Regatta Travel Solutions LLC

Regatta Travel Solutions enables hotels and destinations to strengthen their direct sales channels to increase direct bookings at lower cost and improve the customer experience.  The company’s booking engine technology is unrivaled in the industry and complemented with a variety of other services such as digital marketing, revenue management, and responsive website design.   Destination Marketing Organizations, across the globe, use Regatta’s system to attract and capture hotel and attraction bookings on their websites, creating the most cost-effective channel available for their partners.  Regatta also offers a cutting-edge sports housing solution used by prominent sporting event companies and organizations.  Visit www.regattatravelsolutions.com for more details.

About The Mount Pleasant Area Convention & Visitors Bureau

The Mount Pleasant Area Convention & Visitors Bureau (CVB) was formed in 1988 as community and Chamber of Commerce leaders determined that tourism had become such an important and permanent part of the local economic base of the community that an organized marketing effort was necessary. In 1990, the CVB began operations as a separate legal entity.  Today, the Mount Pleasant Area CVB is the destination marketing organization for Isabella County. It helps development of new tourism products, markets current tourism products and fulfills tourist demands for information and services.

Virginia Beach CVB Selects Regatta Travel Solutions to Power Booking Engine on VisitVirginiaBeach.com

Charlottesville, Virginia (August 2, 2016) – Regatta Travel Solutions announced today that the Virginia Beach Convention & Visitors Bureau has selected Regatta Travel Solutions to power the booking engine on their official destination website, VisitVirginiaBeach.com.  Regatta allows visitors to the destination website to book hotels, attractions and packages on the destination’s official website.

“We are already impressed with the amount of personal involvement on behalf of the Regatta team,” said Kelli Norman, Director of Tourism Marketing and Sales for the Virginia Beach Convention & Visitors Bureau.  “We finally have a solution that will provide us with the data and performance tracking that we need as an organization to understand what visitors to our website are booking, and that will give us the ability to market to them in the future.  Our hotels, vacation rentals and attractions will all benefit greatly from this comprehensive online reservations system.  We had both hotel and attraction bookings within hours after launch.”

“Virginia Beach is going to be a marquis project for us as company,” said Ashwin Kamlani, Founder of Regatta Travel Solutions.  “We have learned a lot over the last seven years about what our Destination Marketing Organization (DMO) clients need in a booking solution, what their members and partners are hoping to get out of it, and how to attract and serve potential visitors to the destination so that they are not only satisfied with the DMO’s online booking engine but impressed with it.  With such a wide variety of hotels, vacation rentals and attractions to offer, this project is going to be a culmination of everything we have built thus far.”

Regatta Travel Solutions now powers the booking engines for more than 45 DMOs worldwide.  The Company’s booking engine technology is so advanced, that is it even used by major hotel chains to power their own websites.  Visit Regatta Travel Solutions at the Destination Marketing Association International (DMAI) Annual Convention this week in Minneapolis.

About Regatta Travel Solutions LLC

Regatta Travel Solutions enables hotels and destinations to strengthen their direct sales channels to increase direct bookings at lower cost and improve the customer experience.  The company’s booking engine technology is unrivaled in the industry and complemented with a variety of other services such as digital marketing, revenue management, and responsive website design.

Destination Marketing Organizations, across the globe, use Regatta’s system to attract and capture hotel and attraction bookings on their websites, creating the most cost-effective channel available for their partners.  Regatta also offers a cutting-edge sports housing solution used by prominent sporting event companies and organizations.  Visit www.regattatravelsolutions.com for more details.

About The Virginia Beach Convention & Visitors Bureau

Where the Atlantic Ocean and the Chesapeake Bay meet, Virginia Beach promises visitors a unique chance to “Live the Life.” Nature at its finest, just-caught and just-picked local food, and toes-in-the-sand relaxation combine for a soul-satisfying experience. A world-renowned boardwalk, energetic downtown, state-of-the-art Convention Center, abundant parks and waterways, and mild weather give rise to an active lifestyle and flourishing local culture. The Virginia Beach CVB is responsible for promoting year-round leisure, business, meetings and conventions, international and sports travel to Virginia’s most populous city. For media information and images, visit www.VisitVirginiaBeach.com/pressroom. Follow Virginia Beach on Twitter at twitter.com/VisitVaBch, Instagram at instagram.com/visitvabeach, Facebook at www.facebook.com/VisitVaBeach and Pinterest at www.pinterest.com/visitvabeach.

Regatta Travel Solutions Chosen to Power Cooperstown NY Official Booking Engine

Charlottesville, Virginia (July 26, 2016) – Regatta Travel Solutions has announced that it has been chosen to power the booking engine on Cooperstown’s official Chamber of Commerce website, cooperstownchamber.org. This collaboration will allow visitors to more easily access properties that may not be represented on other major booking sites, such as bed and breakfasts and campgrounds.

As the volume of online accommodation bookings continues to increase, it is imperative for these smaller properties in Cooperstown to have as much of an online presence as possible.  Matthew Hazzard, Executive director of Cooperstown Chamber of Commerce, said “We are loving the ability to track reservations and see the immediate success this booking engine has produced in the first month after launch”.  Regatta was chosen for this project because of their hands on approach which was essential to bring on the smaller hotels in the area.

“Cooperstown is unique in that it has many small independently owned properties. It has been great working with these property owners because they are so actively involved in their chamber of commerce. The Cooperstown Chamber has produced thousands of dollars in revenue for its members only three weeks after launching.  We are really looking forward to working with the chamber to grow the success of this project,” said Ashwin Kamlani, Founder & CEO of Regatta Travel Solutions.

Visit Regatta Travel Solutions at the Destination Marketing Association International (DMAI) Annual Convention in Minneapolis.

About Regatta Travel Solutions LLC

Regatta Travel Solutions enables hotels and destinations to strengthen their direct sales channels to increase direct bookings at lower cost and improve the customer experience.  The company’s booking engine technology is unrivaled in the industry and complemented with a variety of other services such as digital marketing, revenue management, and responsive website design.  Destination Marketing Organizations, across the globe, use Regatta’s system to attract and capture hotel and attraction bookings on their websites, creating the most cost-effective channel available for their partners.  Regatta also offers a cutting-edge sports housing solution used by prominent sporting event companies and organizations.  Visit www.regattatravelsolutions.com for more details.

About The Cooperstown Chamber of Commerce

The Cooperstown Chamber of Commerce, founded in 1917, serves over 400 businesses and non-profit organizations in the surrounding region.  Its mission, is to be a resource and catalyst to develop, promote, and support a diverse business community in the Cooperstown area.

Regatta Travel Solutions Selected to Power Booking Engine on DiscoverLynchburg.org

Charlottesville, Virginia (February 23, 2016) – Regatta Travel Solutions announced today that the Lynchburg Regional Convention & Visitors Bureau has selected Regatta Travel Solutions to power the booking engine on their official destination website, DiscoverLynchburg.org. Regatta will allow visitors to the destination website to book hotels, attractions and packages on the destination’s official website.

“Regatta’s booking engine is going to give us insight and data on our website that we have simply never experienced before,” said Krista Boothby, Marketing & Public Relations Coordinator for the Lynchburg Convention & Visitors Bureau (CVB). “We are really looking forward to having the ability to report on how much revenue has been booked through our site, and to track the traffic sources that are bringing bookings to our destination.”

“It’s amazing how many CVBs are spending money on a booking solution that gives them absolutely no information about how many bookings are being made as a result of their efforts,” said Ashwin Kamlani, Founder of Regatta Travel Solutions. “Regatta’s clients get a full suite of reporting including detailed production reports broken down by hotel, lead time reports, opt-in email addresses of everyone that has booked and analytics showing which traffic sources to the CVB website produce more bookings.”

Regatta Travel Solutions now powers the booking engines for more than 45 DMOs worldwide. The Company’s booking engine technology is so advanced, that is it even used by major hotel chains to power their own websites.

About Regatta Travel Solutions LLC

Regatta Travel Solutions enables hotels and destinations to strengthen their direct sales channels to increase direct bookings at lower cost and improve the customer experience. The company’s booking engine technology is unrivaled in the industry and complemented with a variety of other services such as digital marketing, revenue management, and responsive website design.  Destination Marketing Organizations, across the globe, use Regatta’s system to attract and capture hotel and attraction bookings on their websites, creating the most cost-effective channel available for their partners. Regatta also offers a cutting-edge sports housing solution used by prominent sporting event companies and organizations. Visit www.regattatravelsolutions.com for more details.

Regatta Travel Solutions Breaks into Canadian Tourism by Being Selected by a Major Regional Tourism Organization to Power Booking Engine

RTO 9

Charlottesville, Virginia (February 9, 2016) – Regatta Travel Solutions announced today that the Region 9 Regional Tourism Organization (RTO) has selected Regatta Travel Solutions to power the booking engine on their official destination website, TheGreatWaterway.com. This is Regatta’s first destination project in Canada. Regatta will allow visitors to the destination website to book hotels, attractions and packages on the region’s official website, and will also provide individual booking engines for each of the 8 destinations within the region.

“Working with Regatta has been a breath of fresh air,” said Tom Price, Executive Director of RTO 9 of Ontario. “Aside from their ground breaking technology, the Regatta team has a passion for tourism and they are invested in helping the destination succeed. This is what separates a vendor from a true partner.”

“This is new territory for us,” said Ashwin Kamlani, Founder of Regatta Travel Solutions. “So we are going in with an open mind and will listen to the hotels and attractions to understand their needs and provide a meaningful solution. This has been our recipe for success in The Caribbean and in the US where more and more DMOs are adopting Regatta for their websites. We are honored to have been chosen for this exciting project.”

RTO 9, or The Great Waterway, is the provincially funded Regional Tourism Organization in Ontario that represents Bay of Quinte, Prince Edward County, Land O’Lakes, Rideau Heritage Route, Kingston 1000 Islands, Gananoque 1000 Islands, Brockville 1000 Islands and Cornwall and the Counties.

Regatta Travel Solutions now powers the booking engines for more than 45 DMOs worldwide. The Company’s booking engine technology is so advanced, that is it even used by major hotel chains to power their own websites.

About Regatta Travel Solutions LLC

Regatta Travel Solutions enables hotels and destinations to strengthen their direct sales channels to increase direct bookings at lower cost and improve the customer experience. The company’s booking engine technology is unrivaled in the industry and complemented with a variety of other services such as digital marketing, revenue management, and responsive website design.  Destination Marketing Organizations, across the globe, use Regatta’s system to attract and capture hotel and attraction bookings on their websites, creating the most cost-effective channel available for their partners. Regatta also offers a cutting-edge sports housing solution used by prominent sporting event companies and organizations. Visit www.regattatravelsolutions.com for more details.

Regatta Travel Solutions Expands Partnership with Visit Tucson and is Selected as the Official Booking Engine for the Destination

Visit Tucson

Charlottesville, Virginia (February 2, 2016) – Regatta Travel Solutions announced today that Visit Tucson is expanding its successful partnership with the company by selecting Regatta to be the booking engine that powers the destination’s official website, VisitTucson.org. Since 2013, Visit Tucson has utilized Regatta’s multi-lingual online reservations system on VamosaTucson.com, its website dedicated to serving the Mexico market.

“Expanding the partnership with Regatta is a strong move,” says Allison Cooper, Visit Tucson’s Vice President of Sales & Marketing. “Because Regatta is both collaborative and innovative, we’ve been able to create custom solutions that improved partner participation, enhanced user experience and generated new bookings from the Mexico market. Being able to extend that level of engagement across all geographic markets opens up new opportunities to drive incremental revenue for our hotels and attractions.”

“Visit Tucson is somewhat of an outlier” said Ashwin Kamlani, Founder of Regatta Travel Solutions. “And we definitely are honored to play a bigger role in helping Visit Tucson achieve its organizational goals.”

Regatta Travel Solutions now powers the booking engines for more than 45 DMOs worldwide. The Company’s booking engine technology is so advanced, that it is even used by major hotel chains to power their own websites.

About Regatta Travel Solutions LLC

Regatta Travel Solutions enables hotels and destinations to strengthen their direct sales channels to increase direct bookings at lower cost and improve the customer experience. The company’s booking engine technology is unrivaled in the industry and complemented with a variety of other services such as digital marketing, revenue management, and responsive website design.  Destination Marketing Organizations, across the globe, use Regatta’s system to attract and capture hotel and attraction bookings on their websites, creating the most cost-effective channel available for their partners. Regatta also offers a cutting-edge sports housing solution used by prominent sporting event companies and organizations. Visit www.regattatravelsolutions.com for more details.