This agreement gives independent planners and agents unprecedented access to a technology platform that will reduce costs for their clients, facilitate better customer service and increase efficiency in every aspect of the planning process
Philadelphia, PA (PRWEB) September 29, 2009
StarCite, Inc., the leading provider of Web-based solutions to strategically manage corporate meetings and events, today announced a strategic partnership with Acclaim Meetings, the industry's fastest-growing meetings and marketing organization, which will enable Acclaim's network of independent meeting planners and travel agents to fully automate their meetings planning and procurement process, including planning, venue sourcing, audience acquisition, and attendee management. Acclaim planners and agents will also be able to save money for their clients through full access to StarCite's online marketplace - the world's largest - which links buyers with more than 93,000 hotels, venues and meeting suppliers around the world.
"Together with Acclaim Meetings, we are helping independent planners and agents provide an even better client experience and bringing a rich new source of meetings business to the suppliers in our marketplace," said Greg Dukat, chief executive officer, StarCite. "By lowering costs, saving time and providing more data to increase control and accuracy, this partnership will support planners in delivering a higher return on investment for each and every meeting they manage."
Using AcclaimCite, powered by StarCite, Acclaim's independent planners and agents will be able to reduce the amount of time and energy spent on attendee registration and managing meetings data, among other things. For example, AcclaimCite will allow planners to easily design fully-branded websites for events that can drive attendee interest and simultaneously capture attendee data and information, reducing potential errors and saving time. AcclaimCite will also help planners speed up the RFP process by bringing it online.
"This agreement gives independent planners and agents unprecedented access to a technology platform that will reduce costs for their clients, facilitate better customer service and increase efficiency in every aspect of the planning process," said Anne Marie Moebes, Executive Vice President at Acclaim Meetings. "Only StarCite can provide the cost-savings that comes from an online marketplace unmatched in size and scope, combined with battle-tested technology that streamlines every element of meetings planning."
About StarCite, Inc.
StarCite, Inc. provides a technology platform that makes meetings and event planning, booking and management simpler, easier, and more cost-effective for corporations, hotels, venues and meetings suppliers worldwide. StarCite delivers visibility, cost savings and control over meetings spending for businesses and enhanced revenue opportunities for suppliers. Through Web-based, on-demand technology, StarCite automates and supports every key element of the meetings planning and procurement process: planning, budgeting, buying, attendance, payment, and results measurement. Using StarCite's proprietary online marketplace, meetings buyers can connect and conduct business with over 93,000 hotels, venues, destinations and suppliers globally. StarCite is based in Philadelphia, PA. Its equity holders include Internet Capital Group (NASDAQ: ICGE), TPG Growth, Norwest Venture Partners (NVP), and TL Ventures. For more information about StarCite please visit http://www.starcite.com.
About Acclaim Meetings
Acclaim Meetings is the first and only marketing organization dedicated exclusively to the meeting and events business. The company provides a dynamic business community for independent meeting planners and travel agents, including the marketing resources, suppliers, technology, education and sales leads to help them increase sales and profitability in today's challenging business environment. When they become part of Acclaim Meetings, they are instantly linked in to a powerful network of resources that bolsters their meeting planning business while empowering them to retain their independence. The company also provides a "matchmaking" service by placing independent meeting planners with travel agencies and their clients. Acclaim Meetings is a kind of silent outsourcing partner for independent meeting planners and travel agents, so that they can confidently bid on meeting business of all sizes knowing that they have the needed support to expertly deliver their meeting plans every time.
Acclaim Meetings is part of the American Marketing Group, Inc, family of companies.
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