Group Travel Planet Links with HBSI Demand Partner Network for Group Travel

  • Hotel Booking Solutions
  • 08.01.06
Group Travel Planet, LLC, one of the travel industry’s foremost online group booking engines and provider of group booking technology to Orbitz, SideStep and Amadeus, announced that it has connected to Hotel Booking Solution Incorporated’s (HBSI) Demand Partner Network to access real-time group rates and room inventory from Harrah’s Entertainment, Inc., one of the world’s largest providers of branded casino entertainment, and its 34 domestic casino resorts.

The integration of Group Travel Planet’s fully automated group booking engine into HBSI means group travel planners can seamlessly search and book available hotel rooms at participating Harrah’s hotels at discounted group rates. In addition, the connection between Group Travel Planet and HBSI fully incorporates Group Travel Planet’s advanced group management system, allowing groups to manage every aspect of their group hotel reservation online, including adding and dropping rooms, making deposits and payments by check or credit
card, submitting rooming lists, and allowing individual group members to reserve and pay for single rooms from their group’s room block.
“We are very excited to have been chosen by Harrah’s to build the first ever fully automated connection for reserving group hotel rooms,” said Scott Harness, co-founder and CEO of Group Travel Planet. “While the connection is not limited to Harrah’s Las Vegas properties, it has been our number one market booked by our groups and linking our advanced group booking engine to HBSI provides even more opportunities for our customers to plan, book and manage their group hotel reservations online.”
This new working relationship with HBSI gives Harrah’s more exposure to small, leisure groups while providing a more efficient and easier way for groups to book their properties. By connecting through HBSI to Group Travel Planet, Harrah’s also benefits from being able to reduce much of the costs often associated with booking and coordinating groups through manual processes such as fax and telephone calls, whereby allowing their sales managers and group sales coordinators more time to work with groups that need their assistance.
“For over six years, thousands of hotels have seen the benefits of the services that our company provides,” said Harness. “We are truly pleased to be able to take that level of service one step higher for Harrah’s by connecting to their property management system through HBSI and providing the advanced technology tools to make it a seamless process for both their sales offices and their customers.”
“We’re delighted to add an industry leader like Group Travel Planet to our network,” said Darin McAuliffe, HBSI senior vice president, sales. “Since our services connect and benefit both the supply and demand side of the travel industry, bringing aboard a quality name like Group Travel Planet, especially to connect first to a company like Harrah’s, entices hotels to join our growing supply partner network, which also includes leading groups like IHG, Intrawest, Sandals and Cendant.”
HBSI’s Demand Partner Network now includes nearly 50 leading distribution channels with a number in negotiations to join. “We anticipate our DPN will include more than 120 channels by the end of the year,” said McAuliffe.

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