Malaysia Airports Holdings Berhad’s Flagship Sama-Sama Brand Property Adopts UI Chain Code, and Sources Online and Mobile Solutions from Open Hospitality
DALLAS (January 23, 2013) - Malaysia’s five-star Sama-Sama KL International Airport hotel has signed with Pegasus Solutions for a complete suite of distribution and reservation services to drive global bookings. The flagship property of Malaysia Airports Holdings Berhad’s new Sama-Sama brand, the first dedicated airport hotel brand in the region, has adopted Pegasus’ UI chain code for international sales support, and will leverage online and mobile site design and booking solutions from Pegasus’ Open Hospitality division.
Boasting 442 rooms across nine floors, the Sama-Sama KL International Airport hotel is in the final stages of an extensive renovation set for completion this March. In addition to modern and contemporary styling within the guest rooms, Sama-Sama will unveil an updated and more effective online and mobile presence from Pegasus, according to Hans Winsnes, President of Sama-Sama Hospitality Management.
“Pegasus was the obvious choice to provide the immediate global sales support and distribution booking solutions for this important hotel under our tight timeline,” said Winsnes. “In launching the Sama-Sama brand, we have sought out the best providers in terms of the systems that are essential to driving guests to our brand. Through the team’s excellent support and expert guidance, Pegasus has brought us an integrated range of distribution platforms to establish our presence in the managed travel space. Additionally, Open Hospitality’s up-to-date solutions like compelling custom website design and mobile tools will help deliver the global traveler on the move,” said Winsnes.
The Sama-Sama KL International Airport hotel is ideally situated at the KL International Airport, and is connected to the airport via skybridge. Soon, it will be joined by two airport transit hotels at KLIA and klia2 which will be called Sama-Sama Express KLIA and Sama-Sama Express klia2 respectively. Both properties will also be using Open Hospitality for web services.
“We are honored to have been selected by Malaysia Airports as their distribution and sales partner to support the launch of the Sama-Sama brand globally,” said Rachel Grier, senior vice president, Asia-Pacific and the Middle East for Pegasus Solutions. “Malaysia Airports owns 39 airports in Malaysia, and has aggressive growth plans over the coming year in the airport hotel space, which we’re eager to support to ensure the brands’ ongoing success.”
Pegasus Solutions is the single largest processor of electronic hotel transactions, delivering advanced and affordable connectivity and distribution solutions to nearly 100,000 hotels worldwide. Pegasus connects hotels to crucial sources of business, facilitating almost $16 billion for its clients annually. In additional to foundational global distribution system (GDS) access and online connectivity, Pegasus delivers online, social marketing and booking solutions through its Open Hospitality division, industry-preferred global commission processing, and powerful reservation tools to convert and capture bookings. As a trusted partner in generating guest room demand and sales, Pegasus also offers hotels actionable business intelligence through its Pegasus View Market Performance reports to help hotels understand and respond to changing market conditions.
Pegasus has 18 offices in 10 countries, including regional hubs in Dallas, Frankfurt, London, Madrid, New York, Sao Paulo, Singapore and Scottsdale. For more information, visit www.pegs.com or www.openhospitality.com.
Malaysia Airports manages and operates 39 airports in Malaysia: 5 international, 16 domestic and 18 Short Take-Off and Landing Ports (STOL Ports). It also has operations in India and Turkey. On November 30, 1999, Malaysia Airports became the first airport company to be listed in Asia.
KL International Airport (KLIA), its flagship airport was thrice voted as the Best Airport (15-25 million passengers per annum) in the 2005 AETRA awards, 2006 ACI-ASQ awards and 2007 ACI-ASQ awards while the Low Cost Carrier Terminal (LCCT-KLIA) was named CAPA Low Cost Airport of the Year at the CAPA Aviation Awards for Excellence 2006. KLIA has also taken a big stride in the realisation of becoming a global integrated hub by launching the Next Generation Hub concept, an initiative aiming to position the ultra-modern airport as a complete hub for all.
Malaysia Airports has also received numerous awards that acknowledged its commitment in service, community engagement, corporate responsibility and organisational excellence.
Sama-Sama is a refreshing new Malaysian hotel brand that embodies the very best of modern, contemporary Malaysia. Meaning “togetherness”, Sama-Sama embodies the inclusiveness of differing peoples and cultures. It is also an expression of the depth of the Malaysian welcome. Staffed by an award-winning team, the Sama-Sama airport hotels offer an unparalleled relaxing stop-over experience to both business and leisure travellers.
The Sama-Sama brand is owned and operated by Malaysia Airports Holdings Berhad and will comprise two distinct airport hotel products: Sama-Sama landside airport hotels and Sama-Sama Express airside transit hotels.