NextPax Travel Technology Selects Puzzle Partner As Agency of Record to Expand Global Presence

Hotel News Resource | November 05, 2019

NextPax, the most advanced channel management technology provider for hotels, resorts and vacation rentals worldwide has named Puzzle Partner as their PR Agency of Record (AOR). Puzzle Partner will be responsible for strategic content and public relations initiatives to strengthen the NextPax brand in the Americas. NextPax chose Puzzle Partner because of the agency’s integrated approach, the hotel and travel industry knowledge of its team and its dedication toward driving results in a fast-paced and competitive market. Looking ahead to 2020, the agency will help NextPax meet its objective to transform the industry and be the preferred gateway to connect property managers of virtually any type of property all over the world. With over 600,000 vacation rental units and over 50,000 hotels already plugged into the NextPax platform, integrations to top PMS’, and the highest degree of automation available, the platform offers the most streamlined and profitable way to drive online exposure and bookings.

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