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Rakuten Travel Xchange Chooses Rategain For Expanding Global Reach
Fremont, CA: The travel and hospitality industry has faced tremendous loss during the onset of COVID- 19 pandemic. However, things are coming back to normal as time goes.
Rakuten Travel Xchange (RTX), the global hotel connectivity and travel technology division within the Rakuten Group has selected RateGain, to integrate to their extensive global supply, including top hotel chains.
Travelers have a strong desire to travel as the number of cases worldwide continues to decline following the Omicron wave, and Rakuten Group wants to ensure that travelers are able to make the best decision possible by providing a vast range of options on the platform as they make international travel plans for the first time in two years.
Commenting on this development, Anna Tsujihata, Head of Hotel Contracting & Connectivity, Rakuten Travel Xchange stated, "Our mission is to accelerate the global expansion of Rakuten's travel vertical, and we are seeking partners that can enhance direct relationship with accommodation partners to expand the distribution of our existing contracted inventory. We believe RateGain's vast network and similar global approach will help us to further expand our supply and demand partnerships by providing an easy and efficient entry to partners looking to work with Rakuten."
The RateGain Distribution platform is home to one of the world's largest networks of hotel properties and demand partners, including Rakuten. Hotel properties and chains can access over 400+ channels through this network, including meta-search engines, top-tier OTAs, and GDSs, while demand partners can access over 191,000+ properties.
Adding on top of Ms. Anna Tsujihata's comments, Kamesh Shukla, Executive Vice President - Asia Pacific, Middle East at RateGain, commented, "We are in the most exciting phase of human evolution. Everything has been put back in order by the pandemic. Customer behavior has taken a massive shift. Companies like Rakuten Group, who are present at both extremes, have a clear advantage as they are looking to solve an the challenges of tomorrow with technology and we are proud to be part of that journey."