Groople Partners with Eastern College Athletic Conference

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Groople, a group travel planning and booking site partners with the Eastern College Athletic Conference, the largest sports conference to become the official travel agency for all tournaments.

Groople (http://www.groople.com), the leading online group travel planning and booking site, has been named the official travel agency for the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC), the largest college sports conference. This partnership will provide several advantages for the ECAC including the ability for each tournament to have their own web page. Other advantages allow travelers the ability to book hotel, air and car arrangements for all tournaments and games for the teams, officials and fans.

"Groople's ability to handle hotel room bookings for all of our 98 championship teams while offering a booking solution to the ECAC membership that is both cost-effective and user-friendly is most important to us," says Rudy Keeling, Commissioner, ECAC. "With long standing relationships within the industry, Groople is in the best position to handle the hotel booking needs of the ECAC, our membership, and everyone else associated with the conference."

Teams can realize significant savings in both time and money through this new partnership. "Our division II and III institutions that are very budget conscious, especially when it comes to team travel, will see the greatest impact. Also, booking hotel rooms through Groople for all ECAC championships will make traveling to ECAC events for participants and fans much easier," says Keeling.

"This partnership has the potential to change the sports travel industry by leveraging the large volume of travelers to games with secure price-points not available to individual travelers," says Mike Stacy, CEO of Groople. "By providing the ECAC with more than the traditional travel services, and offering both online and offline agent support, we can meet the needs of the organization."

About Groople:
Groople (http://www.groople.com) is a combination of the words GROups and peOPLE - GROOPLE…we understand groups and we provide the best planning and booking tools for any group! Headquartered in Centennial, Colorado, Groople was launched in 2004. For more than two years Groople, the leading group travel Website, has worked with thousands of people from a wide variety of groups and has come to understand that planning, searching and booking group travel arrangements should be a fun part of group travel. At Groople, we're working around the clock to negotiate the best rates for flights, hotels, cars and cruises and find the best locations to fit your group's needs. We provide booking capability on more than 60,000 hotels located on four continents, twenty-five islands and one mountain top. Through our social networking environment we allow travelers to collaborate and compare travel options before any decisions are made. After reserving a block of rooms, group members are welcome to pay for their rooms individually online or in one payment made by the group leader.

Groople allows groups to shop online with confidence through our low price guarantee. We search far and wide to provide free rooms, upgrades and other special amenities wherever your group qualifies.

Groople…Group Travel Made Easy

About the ECAC®
The ECAC is the nation's largest athletic and the only multi-divisional conference with 320 Divisions I, II, and III colleges and universities from Maine to North Carolina and westerly to Illinois. Established in 1938, the ECAC, a non-profit service organization, sponsors 98 championships in 37 men's and women's sports, assigns more than 5,200 officials in 15 sports, administers 10 affiliate sports organizations and six playing leagues and recognizes more than 4,000 student-athletes in 21 sports through the public relations arm of the conference. The ECAC serves as the primary conference for select members in the sports of men's and women's ice hockey, men's lacrosse, men's gymnastics, wrestling, fencing and rowing.

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