Zhara hotel system partners with global travel technology leader RateGain



Colombo, Sri Lanka | November 15th 2016. JKCS’ award-winning hotel software Zhara HS, recently entered into a strategic alliance with RateGain – a leader in Hospitality and Travel Technology Solutions worldwide.  Together, they have created the ultimate “one-stop-shop” masterpiece software for a hotel. It covers all activities of a hotel from receiving a booking to the time the guest checks out, while creating multiple channels to generate more revenue.

RateGain’s Manager Sales, Ankur Yadav (L) and CFO of IT Sector at JKH, Changa Gunawardane (R) exchange agreements of partnership.

JKCS Zhara team and RateGain announced the partnership on the 15th of November at a joint press conference held at Ozo Colombo. Many of Zhara’s Sri Lankan hotel customers were present at the event. Mr. Kunwardeep Singh, (Manager, Customer Success) and Ankur Yadav (Manager Sales – Indonesia, Sri Lanka, Maldives, China, Taiwan) represented RateGain while the Zhara team was headed by Changa Gunawardane (CFO of IT Group at JKH), Uthpala Kumara (AVP, Head of Products at JKCS) and Xenos Wahid (Head of Sales Hospitality Solutions at JKCS).

Expressing his views at the occasion, Mr. Tanmaya Das, (CFO, RateGain) Said “We are very pleased to announce this partnership. RateGain and John Keells Computer Services are joining hands to bring forward the right strategic partnership to revolutionize the hospitality industry. Both partners together will bring the complete hotel management system in a single box and offer unmatched value to hotels.”

From L to R are Kunwardeep Singh, (RateGain’s Manager, Customer Success), Ankur Yadav (RateGain’s Manager Sales – Indonesia, Sri Lanka, Maldives, China, Taiwan), Changa Gunawardane (CFO of IT Group at JKH), Uthpala Kumara (AVP, Head of Products at JKCS) and Xenos Wahid (Head of Sales Hospitality Solutions at JKCS).

Uthpala from JKCS added “it is a great step for Zhara and we are thrilled to be able to provide our clients with a 360 degree solution as a result of this partnership. We strongly believe that now is the time the industry must radically transform. The focus must be on digitization and monitizing every service opportunity. In order to do this, it is vital for them to be equipped with the right intel and tools to take care of operations and revenue optimization. This is exactly what our alliance is all about – easier operations and better cash flow”.

Zhara’s hotel process automation prowess coupled with RatGain’s expertise in hotel revenue management will now deliver the full spectrum of accomodation service providers in reducing cost, enhancing revenue and ensuring smooth and efficient operations. Better yet, with up-to-date business intelligence and reporting, this platform will be the utlimate game changer for hotels trying to capture the growing tourist arrivals regionwide.

Many leading local hospitality brands are in the pipeline for subscription to the new offering by JKCS and RateGain starting this November.

About RateGain : Founded in 2004, RateGain is a leading provider of cloud-based product and service around the function of Rate Intelligence, Price Optimization, Seamless Electronic Distribution and Brand Engagement to the world’s leading Hotels and Online Travel Agents. With continued innovation and excellence in customer focus, we are proud to serve over 12,000 clients and numerous industry partners. Our customers are global and so are we, with offices in 10 countries across all major continents, supported by over 500 passionate professionals and seasoned industry experts. Through world-class solutions, RateGain helps its industry leading customers beat their competition and make more revenue every day.

About JKCS : In 1998 JKCS was incorporated as the software subsidiary of Sri Lanka’s largest listed conglomerate – John Keells Group. During the past decade the company has specialized in providing services to the aviation industry. JKCS has earned its wings by engineering core systems for some of the world’s biggest airlines. The customer portfolio includes Emirates Airlines, Qatar Airways, SAS, Air Arabia, Kingfisher Airlines and Sri Lankan. The systems offered by JKCS cover several aviation domains such as commercial, flight operations, ground handling, crew management, engineering and safety. The company operates offices in Sri Lanka and UAE and over the past 15 years, JKCS and its subsidiaries have served customers across 40 countries in 6 continents. Contact JKCS – +94 11 230 0770, info@jkcsworld.com or www.jkcsworld.com.

About John Keells Holdings (JKH) : JKH is Sri Lanka’s largest listed conglomerate on the Colombo Stock Exchange. From the largest inventory of hotel rooms in Sri Lanka, owning a large private-sector-owned transportation business in the country and providing port and marine fuel services to IT solutions, manufacturing of food and beverages, running a chain of supermarkets, tea broking, stock broking, banking and real estate, JKH has made its presence felt in virtually every major sphere of the economy. (www.keells.com)