Online hotel group bookings specialist HotelPlanner.com has formed a new partnership with GDS and technology provider Travelport to open up custom group rates to its customers.
The exclusive tie-up will also allow Travelport agents to access instant booking capabilities for all rooms types through a new ‘Book-in-Block’ tool.
Once a group negotiates a contract through HotelPlanner Book-in-Block loads rates and creates a consumer facing booking page and customised travel coordinator interface. Consumers will be able to book group rates instantly for any event.
The travel coordinator can upload attendee lists, instantly book live segments, receive instant confirmation numbers, manage room blocks and rates online, combine segments, bridge flight and rental car reservations and send booking information to travelers instantly.
Niklas Andreen, senior vice president and managing director, hospitality at Travelport said: “Today’s group travellers want fast, accurate connectivity to the content needed to book their trip.
“By exclusively connecting to the Travelport Travel Commerce Platform, with relevant choices of more than 650,000 hotel properties globally, HotelPlanner’s new solution gives group and event planners added capability to more efficiently manage their events, regardless of size.”
John Prince, co-founder and chief information officer of HotelPlanner.com added: “HotelPlanner is excited to offer our group hotel sourcing and room block booking toolset exclusively though Travelport.
“I’m confident it will be a winning partnership for all the parties involved as we’ve already seen strong adoption since our launch.
“Travelport has been a great partner of ours for the past four years and this new expanded partnership will open up a whole new market for both of our companies.”