Wix launches new digital platform for hotels following HotelRunner integration

Wix launches new digital platform for hotels following HotelRunner integration

A beta version of the new Wix Hotels solution has been launched in English ahead of a gradual rollout 

Wix has launched a beta version of a new website builder and online presence platform for the hospitality industry. 

The New York-based Software-as-a-Service technology specialist has teamed up with HotelRunner to integrate its suite of travel technology for the new Wix Hotels.

A gradual beta rollout has started in English language initially before being extended out to other languages. 

Existing users of the Wix Hotels will move to the new solution after the beta test period.  

The firm said the new platform is a “major improvement to the existing solution and includes a full suite of professional tools for every touchpoint needed to launch, manage, and grow a hospitality business of any size and maximise revenue.

Users of Wix Hotels can create a website, manage their property, guests, bookings, and sales channels from a single platform. 

The platform connects to leading online sales channels and travel agencies such as Booking.com, Expedia, Hotelbeds, and Airbnb.

It also facilitates direct reservations and secure payments from property owners’ websites and the ability to manage rates and availability with real-time inventory updates on all sales channels.

Users can also use it to manage front desk operations, including check-in and outs, as well as policies and taxes, to offer extras, promotions, deals, and coupons, engage with guests, and promote their property on sales channels via the channel manager

Ronny Elkayam, senior vice president mobile, app market and strategic products at Wix, said: 

“We are constantly improving our offering to provide business owners with a complete solution for any type of business, and we’re thrilled to relaunch our hotel solution for the hospitality and tourism industry. 

“As travel has begun to increase in the post-pandemic era, we’re seeing a rise in the demand for digitalization in the hotel and hospitality industry and we’re proud that we have developed a strong solution for these businesses and grow the addressable market. 

“Wix has invested resources into building out the proper infrastructure to support privately owned businesses and large franchises, both for restaurants and hotels, and this new partnership with HotelRunner is another step in creating the go-to solution for businesses to efficiently manage their operations and grow.”

Ali Beklen, co-founder and managing partner of HotelRunner, added: “HotelRunner has been introducing innovations for more than a decade to build a bigger travel economy. 

“Wix Hotels by HotelRunner has been developed by leveraging both companies’ deep expertise in both travel and technology and positioning our award-winning platform, recognized globally by the leading travel industry players, as its foundation.” 

Arden Agopyan, co-founder and managing partner of HotelRunner, said: “Our unique partnership with Wix will be the driving force that will take the hospitality and tourism industries to the next level by accelerating the digital transformation. 

“Thousands of accommodation properties from all over the world will benefit from an affordable and comprehensive set of products, thanks to the new Wix Hotels by HotelRunner."