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Types of Hotel Software
Hotel software is designed for all areas of hotel operation including property management, \accounting, Internet/GDS reservations, central reservations, reception, POS/hospitality, spa/club/golf management, guest management, inventory management, yield/revenue management, accounting, and web site design. Small hotel software is available for properties with less than 100 rooms and focuses on basic front and back office functions and/or reservations and guest management.

One of the major types of hotel software used by the hotel/motel industry is hotel property management software (PMS). PMS is a comprehensive software package that manages all aspects of hotel operations, which has front desk, and back office modules that handle reservations, guest profile/folio, reporting, night auditing, and housekeeping, accounting, payroll and asset and inventory management.

For reservations, there are two types of hotel software a CRS (central reservation system) and an IBE (Internet booking engine). An IBE allows guests to remotely make reservations accessing the hotel’s website. Hotel reservation systems will also have reservation software capability that allows guests to make reservations using a GDS service. A CRS books reservations for multiple properties.

Hospitality management software includes sales and catering software, which will have a POS module to manage, and track sales from restaurants, lounge/bar, and room service. Event management is another important module of hospitality management software. Event management modules manage group/convention sales, room booking, function and layout.

Many hotel property management software, hotel reservation system software, hotel accounting software, hotel front desk software, and hospitality software companies provide free hotel software downloads for evaluation to help hotels select the best hotel software package that meets their operational needs. Free hotel software downloads can save time in researching the right hotel software package for your property.