Are there products connecting to channel managers to source data for mining and analysis rather than distribution of rates?
We haven’t heard of that kind of software. Usually, channel managers and other travel data providers reveal their data to hotels, property/revenue management systems, online travel agencies, and metasearch engines – basically, customer- or hotel-facing businesses to support room reservation.
Without any detail about the problem you’re trying to solve, it’s hard to suggest anything specific. But if you consider data mining and analysis, consider open datasets like these on data.world. Also, check what’s available on data.gov for hotels, and Kaggle for hotel reviews.
Have a look at our article on mining public datasets. These datasets can provide you with locations, reviews, and some inventory details. But if you’re looking for pricing and changes in pricing over time, this might be a much trickier data-mining problem. There are some datasets with pricing like this one but usually the pricing and demand data isn’t available in dataset formats.
I hope this helps.
Thanks for your reply and the associated links.
I appreciate my question wasn’t very specific- I was just trying to understand whether any channel management software providers ever provide hotel rates to other products to allow the data mining of these rates and potentially bookings following this analysis.
Maybe it’s the wrong forum for this discussion and I’m more than happy to email more details direct if you’ve got the time to consider.