, a multiple brand hotel booking website which supplies reservations for disabled and non-disabled customers, has been launched.

The site directs customers to available room types – including accessible rooms – at the cheapest available rate and features the Global Access Award Scheme (GAAS).

GAAS, which is the first global online hotel rating system, operates like a hotel quality rating with five tiers, with those achieving a level five rating judged as having an excellent level of accessibility. The system will open hotels to a new market of travellers known as TIME travellers (Tourism Industry Markets in Equality). These holidaymakers include disabled, ageing persons, mobility, sensory and temporarily impaired guests along with their family, friends and carers.

The site is being supported by Pegasus Solutions, which provides the site with its UltraDirect Switch, giving hotel distributors access to a guest room inventory taken directly from the central reservation systems of more than 100,000 hotels in 200 countries.

Hotel listings on the site and award grading is free of charge, but is only available to hotels which are Pegasus IDS connected and have a Pegasus hotel content database source code.
The site and award system is the brainchild of managing director and 2012 Paralympic Torch Bearer, James Price (pictured). After breaking his neck in a diving accident in 1999, Price became two-thirds paralysed, wheelchair dependent and suddenly fully aware of how difficult everyday tasks, such as booking a holiday, can be for people like him or others with a limiting physical impairment.

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