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HotelPlanner.com Takes a Bite Out of Group Negotiating Time HotelPlanner.com launches hotel and group management interface to latest iPhone app version

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla., Aug. 10, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- HotelPlanner.com boosts their offerings to suppliers and group coordinators alike with log-in capabilities added to their iPhone application.  Now, users of this revolutionary booking technology can access their accounts, speeding up the hotel bidding and negotiations process for discounted group rates.  

Founded in 2003, HotelPlanner.com pioneered the online group travel industry by allowing group coordinators to interact directly with hotel sales offices worldwide.  This patent-pending booking technology sends group coordinator requests to hotel sales contacts in the group coordinator's requested area.  The coordinator receives offers from hotels in compliance with HotelPlanner.com's lowest rate guarantee (receiving rates often as low as 70% off the prevailing hotel guest room rates) in real time.  The group coordinator is then able to accept or reject hotel offers, either beginning a dialogue with their hotel sales contact or requesting a more competitive offer.

HotelPlanner.com's system has been honed over years of group planning for nearly 1,000,000 group coordinators with their 40,000 hotel supplier partners.  This technologically advanced system continues to improve its offerings to increase the efficiency for and compatibility with their customers and suppliers.

HotelPlanner.com CIO, John Prince says, "Since our groups are getting bids directly from sales managers at hotels, response time has always been a vital factor in determining which hotels ultimately get the group business. We are very excited to see thousands of hotels already using this new platform in only the first couple days of launch. I believe this is definitely a game changer for group hotel sales."

With the addition of iPhone and iPad access for both hotel suppliers and HotelPlanner.com coordinators, both parties may log-in and forward negotiations from virtually anywhere, anytime.  HotelPlanner.com's user-friendly interface is optimized for mobile use, and simple to operate.  Booking a group event at a hotel has never been easier.  Hotel sales contacts will now be able to participate in providing options to clients without delay; and time spent away from office will no longer be a factor in postponing a group offer or negotiation.  Group coordinators will receive more hotel options, more quickly, as this increased opportunity for supplier response is anticipated to increase prompt hotel participation.  Group coordinators will also benefit from this remote access as they will be able to secure a competitive hotel offer as quickly as possible and move on to the other phases of their event planning process.

HotelPlanner.com is proud to streamline the hotel booking process even further with this new addition to their burgeoning technology.  Providing instant communication between customer and supplier puts time on everyone's side.

HotelPlanner.com is the leading provider of online services to the estimated $30-$45 billion global group hotel sales market. Currently, HotelPlanner's system processes over 20,000 group leads per month completely online.  Over 40,000 hotel members currently compete online for HotelPlanner's group business daily.  HotelPlanner.com has increased sales in 2011 during a year when most travel companies were drastically down.  HotelPlanner.com is projecting the same rapid lead and revenue growth for 2012.

Contact: Katie Teixeira   Katie.teixeira@hotelplanner.com

SOURCE HotelPlanner.com



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