Vignette Provides Southern Sun with Online Bookings Boost

MAIDENHEAD, England, June 28/ - Next-Generation Web Solution Delivers Enhanced User Experience on Hotel Chain's Website

Vignette today announced that Southern Sun Hotels (Pty) Ltd, the leading hotel group in South Africa, has revamped its website ( using Vignette's market-leading Next-Generation Web solution software in order to build customer loyalty and drive online bookings for the company. Since the relaunch of the site in June 2006 the number of visitors has increased significantly as has the number of bookings taken online.

The website refresh was part of Southern Sun's overall rebranding and focused channel strategy where the company wanted the website to reflect the new branding, and deliver greater flexibility in content delivery to its customers. Vignette and its global partner Tata Consultancy Services, won a competitive tender for the project, and following a 9-month development period the website went live.

The Vignette Next-Generation Web solution enables Southern Sun to provide existing and potential customers with a redesigned, more content rich and dynamic website that allows them to access regularly updated information on each hotel and the ability to book and review accommodation reservations online.

The new system provides Southern Sun with the capability to update content on the site, as and when needed, without having to rely on an IT team. Details of special offers, photos, local attractions and events can all be updated for each business area, while retaining the consistency of the overall branding of the site.

Sandi Macfie, Director of IT at Southern Sun, said: "The Vignette/Tata Consulting Services relationship has worked out well for us. Our website is stable and more flexible than before, thereby enabling constant change in response to market demand."

"Southern Sun has been a long-term, valued customer of Vignette's in South Africa," commented Thomas Davies, Vignette's Regional Manager for South Africa. "The new website provides them with a platform to enhance their online customer experience. By harnessing the strength of Vignette's solution, Southern Sun now has greater flexibility and dynamic control over its web presence."

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Our early content management and delivery tools laid the groundwork for some of the Web's most popular sites. Today, our award-winning solutions power some of the world's most powerful online brands and enable organisations to have more meaningful interactions with their customers. Vignette is headquartered in Austin, Texas with operations worldwide. Visit

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