VC-backed IHS acquires InnLink

IHS GmbH, a portfolio company of Battery Ventures, has acquired InnLink. No financial terms were disclosed. Based in Henderson, Tenn., InnLink is a provider of central reservations services.

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Hendersonville, Tennessee – April 8, 2014 – InnLink LLC, a leading provider of central reservations services, has announced its sale to Frankfurt-based IHS GmbH, a provider of technology and marketing solutions to the global hotel industry.
The combination enables both companies to leverage their complementary strengths by capitalizing on their product, client and market synergies. With the acquisition of InnLink LLC, IHS GmbH also aims to strengthen its position in the attractive US market, building on InnLink LLC’s strong client base and proven track record. Financial details of the transaction were not disclosed.
As a result of the acquisition, IHS now operates four business units under its umbrella, serving as a one-stop shop for the global hospitality industry: next to InnLink LLC, this includes the international hotel group Worldhotels; the leading CRS provider Trust International; and the sales management solutions provider Nexus World Services. The company network supports 20,000 hotels in 65 countries, reaching approximately 120 million guests and helping its hospitality customers generate more than $3 billion in room revenue each year.
“InnLink LLC perfectly complements the IHS portfolio,” comments Steve Rowley, IHS’ Chairman and CEO. “We were particularly impressed by the company’s potential for growth, its high level of expertise as well as its world-class product set and services. Together we can offer an enhanced set of solutions to our customers worldwide.”
“Becoming a part of the IHS family of brands is a tremendous value-add for all stakeholders,” says InnLink CEO Richard Corso. “As InnLink and its clients have grown, so have their business needs. The expertise and resources will surely benefit our clients and staff.”
About InnLink CRS:
Celebrating 22 years of service, InnLink is a technology leader in central reservation services (CRS), delivering comprehensive reservations solutions with award-winning customer service to the hospitality and travel industry.
InnLink delivers a comprehensive cloud-based solution for booking engine, global distribution systems (GDS), and online travel agency reservations. It also maintains a 24×7 USA-based call center for voice reservations and customer service. InnLink services over 7,000 independent hotels and hotel companies worldwide.
About IHS GmbH:
As a powerful international leader, IHS GmbH creates added value for hotel groups and independent hotels by drawing on the combined resources and expertise of all its businesses.
IHS was established in 2007 as a unique portfolio of companies serving the hospitality industry with a wide range of technology, distribution, and service solutions. Operating under the umbrella of IHS are the leading global CRS providers, Trust International and InnLink LLC; one of the leading groups for independent hotels worldwide, Worldhotels; and the provider of total sales management solutions for hotels, Nexus.
With a client portfolio of over 100 international hotel groups and more than 20,000 of serviced hotels, the company offers branding support, distribution technology, e-commerce, sales force management, as well as marketing.

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