Extranet in OTA
Extranet is a specialized webpage for an OTA’s suppliers (typically hotels) where they can manually create and manage inventory listings. Specifically, they can
- add descriptions and photos,
- check and update availability and rates,
- define policies,
- configure payments,
- control what’s displayed on an OTA, and so on.
The main difficulty about using extranet is the necessity to manage the property listings manually. It works well for small hotels but becomes complicated when distributing multi-room properties via multiple OTAs. So a common solution that allows for automating distribution is implementing a channel manager.