Southern Sun customer story

Southern Sun shines with the help of Mews

Southern Africa’s leading hotel chain benefits from high-converting booking engine, rapid rollouts, and unlimited connectivity. 

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booking engine conversion rate


chargeback rate


higher RevPAR


in 2022 compared to 2021

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4x average booking conversion



With commission rates as high as 20% with some OTAs, converting as many direct bookings as possible is vital for any hotel chain.



Mews Booking Engine is designed to convert site visitors into bookings. The user journey is fast and intuitive, and the interface modern and adapted to the Southern Sun brand. Specific rates can be applied to each individual room in each hotel, while every room type is customized with accurate pictures and descriptions.



• 13.7% booking engine conversion for Sun1 Bloemfontein
• 9.9% booking engine conversion for Southern Sun de Wagen
• 9.1% booking engine conversion for Sun1 Port Elizabeth

“The benefits of Mews are manifold: from the payment gateway where guests are in control and money is in the bank, to the Mews Kiosk for guests to help themselves to check in and out, to available Marketplace direct connects as well as the opportunity to partner with Mews and our own distribution partners to quickly and efficiently develop further integrations.”

Unrivalled connectivity



In addition to connecting to leading hotel tech software, Southern Sun needed to be able to integrate their own custom software with their hospitality cloud.



Mews Open API allows for bespoke connections to the Mews platform, giving the Southern Sun IT team access to all the code they need. In addition to this, Mews Marketplace has a collection of over 600 integrations, many of which can be connected to with just a few clicks.



• Custom distribution tool seamless integrated with Mews
• 10 unique integrations
• Zero connection fees

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“Mews is continually evolving and really pays attention to what guests needs. Because they’re cloud-native, they have the power to roll out new releases quickly, which gives us the confidence we’ll always be in the best position to serve our guests.”

Integration spotlight


GuestRevu is a reputation management tool that gives Southern Sun a better understanding of their guests through data insights gathered through feedback and online reviews. The integration with Mews enables properties to build guest profiles, automate surveys and collate information between the two platforms.

OTA Insight – On the Books

OTA Insight’s On the Books integration with Mews gives Southern Sun even more powerful insights into revenue and distribution. It enriches external distribution and demand data with internal booking data to improve performance reporting and rate strategies.

“Mews Marketplace is a wonderful shopping basket for integration opportunities and has had a significant impact on our ability to quickly and efficiently connect to new opportunities without much fuss.”


Make it remarkable.

Ready to take the first step towards a more efficient, flexible, guest-centric approach to hospitality?