Marriott places great importance on an efficient and accurate response to planners
McLean, VA (Vocus) April 10, 2009
Cvent, the industry leader in event management software and online venue sourcing tools (eRFPs) has announced it has aligned with Marriott International to generate additional group business for Marriott hotels. Marriott, a long-time user of Cvent's event management solutions for both internal meetings and external events, will now endorse Cvent to their hotels on its latest product offering, the Cvent Supplier Network. The Supplier Network is an online directory of hotels, conference centers and unique event venues combined with a complimentary RFP management toolset for professional meeting planners. Marriott is excited to add the Cvent Supplier Network to an exclusive list of lead generation tools for Marriott's group business.
"Cvent meeting planners will book over $500 million in meetings and events through the Cvent Supplier Network over the next 12 months. By prominently featuring Marriott properties on the Cvent Supplier Network to thousands of qualified planners who book group business, Marriott is more likely to be considered for those RFPs. Marriott's extensive portfolio of quality meeting hotels and commitment to customer service makes this partnership a natural fit," says Cvent Executive Vice President of Sales and Marketing, Chuck Ghoorah.
In addition to the increased visibility of Marriott hotels on the Cvent Supplier Network, Cvent and Marriott have worked together to develop a process to ensure meeting and event planners receive timely responses to all meeting inquires. "Marriott places great importance on an efficient and accurate response to planners," says Julius Robinson, VP of Global Sales, Intermediaries for Marriott. "In light of our new partnership with Cvent, maintaining this quality and response speed will enable Marriott properties to convert more of this incremental new booked business. Marriott will also offer exclusive promotions and special offers through the Cvent Supplier Network. Cvent Supplier Network users have complimentary access to search the directory and utilize the RFP functionality. This partnership will guarantee planners fast responses from premier venues within the Marriott portfolio.
Marriott International, Inc. (NYSE: MAR) is a leading lodging company with more than 3,100 lodging properties in 66 countries and territories. Marriott International operates and franchises hotels under the Marriott, JW Marriott, The Ritz-Carlton, Renaissance, Residence Inn, Courtyard, TownePlace Suites, Fairfield Inn, SpringHill Suites and Bulgari brand names. The company is headquartered in Bethesda, Maryland, USA and had approximately 146,000 employees at 2008 year-end. In fiscal year 2008, Marriott International reported sales from continuing operations of nearly $13 billion. For more information, please visit http://www.marriott.com.
Founded in 1999, Cvent has over 400 employees worldwide. Cvent offers web-based software with features including online event registration, event management, event website creation, meeting site selection, event sourcing and web surveys. Cvent helps over 12,000 planners manage 175,000 events, surveys and marketing campaigns per year. Cvent's users have sent over 175 million event invitations, have processed $1 billion in online payments and have managed over 10 million event registrations and responses using Cvent's software. For more information on Cvent's web based software, please visit http://www.cvent.com.
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