Citybase Apartments Launches Citybase Connect

April 30, 2012 (PRLEAP.COM) Travel News
Citybase Apartments today announced the release of Citybase Connect, an Application Programming Interface (API) that gives TMCs, HBAs and corporate travel departments realtime availability and instant booking of serviced apartments through their existing systems.

"This is an industry first," says Richard Lovelock, Head of Sales and Supplier Management at Citybase. "More and more corporate customers are looking at serviced apartments as a cost-effective option to complement their hotel programmes. But until now, there was no easy way of incorporating them into their systems. Citybase Connect changes all that."

More choice, flexibility and freedom
Third parties can now seamlessly connect to Citybase through the API, to show detailed apartment information, including cost, location, facilities, description and photographs. They will also have access to live availability, with instant booking and confirmation.

"For corporates, the serviced apartment market has traditionally looked very fragmented," says Richard Lovelock. "Citybase Connect now brings it together in an integrated, structured way that gives corporate customers more choice, flexibility, value and freedom."

Tight integration and total quality control
Citybase Connect provides tight integration with existing systems, maintaining high levels of visibility and control. Serviced apartments can easily be checked for compliance against travel policy, fed through to management reporting on travel spend, and included in employee location reports for CSR purposes.

"Citybase Connect is a ready-made solution for corporate customers who want to save 30% or more on comparable hotels," says Richard Lovelock. "It will allow any system to connect to a comprehensive network of UK and Worldwide serviced apartments that are quality-checked, verified, and regularly reviewed by the UK's leading provider."

A turning point in corporate accommodation
By connecting through an API, third parties will have complete flexibility in how the data is retrieved and displayed. And because the serviced apartment information is completely integrated, there are no new systems to learn, reducing costs and increasing efficiency.

"This is a turning point for serviced apartments," says Richard Lovelock. "Until now, they've been a niche offering that's outside conventional systems. With Citybase Connect, they're going mainstream, giving corporate customers instant access to a wide range of flexible, cost-effective accommodation worldwide."

For further information, please contact:
Richard Lovelock, Head of Sales and Supplier Management
Tel: 01293 884273

About Citybase Apartments
Citybase Apartments is the UK's leading serviced apartments booking agency, giving clients space, flexibility, and savings of up to 30% or more on comparable hotels.

Citybase designs customised business accommodation solutions that work seamlessly with companies' existing setup. It offers free booking, dedicated account management, detailed management reporting and flexible payment solutions.

Citybase is part of Worldview Limited, a specialist travel accommodation agency, which has been providing accommodation solutions for over a decade.