In 2006, we met in an old computer lab at Tsinghua University.
Jason was working on a commodities trading platform for Wall Street and was visiting China for business. After several terrible hotel experiences, he realized the importance of good management software to a well-managed hotel. Many of the existing legacy systems were simply too clunky and outdated.
Meanwhile, Steve was working on a Online Travel Agency. He was frustrated at how difficult it was to interface directly with a hotel’s PMS database (property management system). Likewise he was surprised at how every hotel software system was entirely dependent on interfacing with a PMS.
So after many meetings, we came to a realization. Hotels need a simple, flexible, and powerful system that is scalable across multiple properties and can easily connect to any number of 3rd party systems.
It was time to bring hotel management software to the next generation. Time to finally harness the power of the cloud and new technologies that hotels hear about but could never truly leverage. It was time for Luopan.