Stayker: Hotel Booking Startup Aims to Reduce Risk for Event Planners

Charlotte, N.C. — A new travel software company called Stayker aims to reduce financial risk for event planners by sidestepping some of the back-and-forth required when they are booking and negotiating rooms.

Stayker was launched by Talley Richey and Amy Barker, who have been working in the hospitality industry for more than 30 years. They have seen many of the booking issues first-hand.

Amy Barker

Based out of Charlotte, N.C., the startup connects planners to a network of hotels and gives them a commission rebate afterwards, adding an element of security to the process.

With Stayker, planners have access to more than 650,000 hotels worldwide within minutes. Hotel reservations are booked through a GDS-based live online inventory model. No attrition fees. No cut-off dates.

“Few industries have seen such limited innovation in technology as the group and event travel industries,” says Amy Barker,” CEO & co-founder of Stayker.

Talley Richey

“The Stayker platform levels the playing field for those who want to offer travel bookings — without inherent liability. Stayker also makes those bookings quantifiable for the local Destination Management Organization.”

“I’ve done a lot of hotel contracting in the past and the biggest pain point is attrition and, honestly, the commission cuts — that’s the big elephant in the room nobody’s talking about,” said Talley Richey, vice-president and co-founder at Stayker.

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