In many properties, the market codes and distribution channels are of great importance for the statistical evaluation of their reservations.
In order to create the most accurate database possible, the two reservation codes in each reservation can be separately set for the individual days of the guest's stay. You can also default the market segment and distribution channel by using the rate code, so that the appropriate codes are automatically assigned during the booking process.
Reservation dialog > Rate by day grid
In the RBD grid, you can manually assign various market codes or distribution channels for the individual days of a guest's stay.
Select one or more days in the RBD grid and click Edit. The market code and distribution channel can be assigned in the following dialog box:
Fig.: Reservation dialog > Rate by day grid > [Edit] > Assign market code and distribution channel.
Once a code has been changed in the RBD grid, the respective code is displayed in bold in the Reservation tab to indicate that various codes exist.
Reservation dialog box > Reservation tab > Because different
codes are defined, the distribution
If you then change the code in the Reservation tab, you will be notified that several codes exist and that the codes stored in the RBD will be overwritten.
In the Reservation tab, the reservation code valid for the current business day is always displayed.
To display the market segment and distribution channel in the RBD grid, you must insert the relevant columns - see the following graphic.
Fig.: Reservation dialog box > RBD > Show market code / distribution channel column.
Then select the Save current list view command.
You can save various market codes or distribution channels for the individual days of a guest's stay in the RBD grid (see above).
In addition, protel Air provides the ability to default market codes and distribution channels in the rate settings. If the rate code of a reservation is subsequently changed, protel Air adopts the preset market code and distribution channel of the new rate code.
feature allows hotel management to predefine default values that shall
be populated automatically during the manual booking process, improving
accuracy and statistics, while reducing risk of user error and increasing
The codes are also transferred to the RBD grid when a reservation is booked via an interface, such as the protel Air WBE, IDS connect, WBE5, etc.
The Market Code / Distribution channel is populated automatically during the following booking processes (provided a default code is set in the rate settings)
Creating a single reservation in the Reservation Enquiry
Creating a single reservation in the Room type plan
Creating a single reservation in the Room plan
For advanced pricing rate codes, the Market Code / Distribution channel can be set on the rate and on the calculation levels - see the following examples.
1. Market Code / Distribution channel on Rate level
System data > Reservation > Pricing > Rates > Advanced Pricing > [Rate Code] > Rules tab
2. Market Code / Distribution channel on Calculation level
System data > Reservation > Pricing > Rates > Advanced Pricing > [Rate Code] > Calculations > [Room rate calculation] > Rules tab
In addition, the default value can be set to the hotel level - see the following example. This is the traditional way, which has now been enhanced with the rate code settings mentioned above.
3. Market Code / Distribution channel on Hotel level (reservation codes default settings)
System data > Reservation > Reservation codes > Default settings > Hotel management
The Market Code / Distribution channel which is defined on the Calculation level has first priority,
The Market Code / Distribution channel which is defined on the Rate level has second priority,
The Market Code / Distribution channel which is defined on the Hotel level has third priority.
This logic applies when a new reservation is made or when a reservation's rate code is changed.
Reservation tab | Once a code has been changed in the RBD grid, the respective code is displayed in bold in the Reservation tab to indicate that various codes exist.
If you then change the code in the Reservation tab, you will be notified that several codes exist and that all of the codes stored in the RBD will be overwritten.
Rooms tab | If you change the rate code in the Rooms tab, the default Market / Distribution code from the new rate code will apply.
Rate by day grid | You can set individual Market / Distribution codes for one or more selected days. If you change the rate code in the Rate by day grid the default Market / Distribution code from the new rate code will apply for the selected day.
[Topic: Inherit Market code and Distribution channel from Rate Configuration | What you need to know]
If you default the market code and distribution channel in the rate settings, the following points must be considered with regards to group reservations:
The group master inherits the distribution channels/market codes defined at the Rate Level. Distribution channels / market codes defined at the calculation level in the price code are not taken into account for group reservations.
If varying market codes or distribution channels are to apply to a group reservation, this can be set in the group reservation dialog box at the group member level (Select group members > [Edit] > [RBD])
In the Group overview tab, the distribution channel and market code can be centrally set for the entire group.
When creating new group reservations, you will need to distinguish between the following two cases:
If a Group Reservation is created via the Reservation Enquiry and the rate selected has a Market code/Distribution Channel on Rate Level, the group overview inherits the defined Market code/Distribution Channel from the Rate Level.
When creating a Group reservation via the Room Plan/Room Type Plan, protel Air continues to adopt the Default Rate Code as defined in the system data for the general sale of reservation via these dialogues. In this scenario, the inheriting of the Market code/Distribution channel from Rate Level is not currently supported via Room Plan/Room Type Plan.
The following rules apply.
You can also "inherit" market code and distribution channel in allotment reservations. When creating the allotment, choosing the rate code will result in automatically populating market code and distribution channel. You can always change it by hand afterwards.
To simplify the workflow while adding a new allotment, we slightly changed the sort order of the fields: "Rate code" climbed up.
If a reservation is created for this allotment, market code and distribution channel are set by default.
Please keep an eye on the following specials:
Only codes that have been defined at rate level are inherited for the allotment dialog.
You can override codes in the reservation dialog.
If you want to assign different codes for a stay, set this in the reservation. (Reservation > RBD)
A rate code could have a market code: 'Corporate' on rate level
and market Code: 'Leisure' for room type: 'double room' on calculation
Result: If a reservation is created for a double room, then the 'Leisure' market code is taken as the calculation level has higher priority.
A hotel may have market segmentation for midweek (Sunday to Thursday) and weekend (Friday to Saturday). If a reservation is created from Sunday for 7 nights, the market code will automatically change during the night audit on Thursday to accommodate the difference in market segmentation.
In general the following applies: If market code/distribution channel are defined as mandatory fields (XSetup system setting), a default value must be defined in the system data (System Data >Reservation > Reservation codes > Default settings > Hotel management) - see point 3 above.
If you use interfaces such as the protel Air WBE, WBE5, IDS, or BWI, please set an appropriate default value there as well.