HotelPlanner and Meetings.com Introduce World’s First Virtual Planners

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Artificial Intelligence Entering the Group Planning Market

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Artificial intelligence is the future. This technology will be incorporated into HotelPlanner and Meetings.com’s SAAS offering as we continue to revolutionize the travel industry.

In today’s busy group travel marketplace, consumers and hotels alike are in search of the ultimate planner. The ultimate planner would be available around the clock, have the experience to anticipate needs and be versed in meeting and event planning in every city around the globe. HotelPlanner and Meetings.com turn their focus to Artificial Intelligence (AI) to further enhance their ground breaking group travel offerings.

By end of year, HotelPlanner and Meetings.com are due to launch two new virtual products. The first is Julie, a Virtual Planner, who will source and organize group travel bookings for consumers. The second will be Jessica, a Virtual Group Sales Manager available for license to suppliers through Meetings.com’s SAAS technologies. Both products will be available through Amazon’s Alexa, a product with over 8.2 million users worldwide.

Julie and Jessica are the latest offering in a number of industry firsts developed by HotelPlanner. In its 14-year history and dominance in the online group travel space, HotelPlanner has pioneered instant bookings via their proprietary Book-in-Block technology (https://www.travelport.com/company/media-center/press-releases/2017-04-05/hotelplanner-and-travelport-partner-improve-how), Attrition Protection (http://www.exhibitoronline.com/news/article.asp?ID=16986), E-Contracting (http://www.greenlodgingnews.com/hotelplanner-meetings-com-launch-paper-saving-econtracting/) and Mobile Group Bookings with a top-rated app on both Apple and Andriod. HotelPlanner’s passion for utilizing cutting-edge technology to enhance the group experience has now rightfully focused on the AI space.

CIO and Co-Founder John Prince, said, “Artificial intelligence is the future. This technology will be incorporated into HotelPlanner and Meetings.com’s SAAS offering as we continue to revolutionize the travel industry.” John Prince’s vision is in line with that of CEO and Co-Founder, Tim Hentschel, who addressed AI in his recent TED Talk, “Opportunities in a Time of Disruption” (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jEHGH67n1Q0), which has gained close to one million views. Hentschel and Prince both agree that a successful Virtual Planner or Manager will have been developed with an acute awareness of the type of interactions required in facilitating a group booking.

HotelPlanner is the only company in the world with enough recorded group booking conversations and transactions for such a development. Drawing from historical data spanning nearly a decade and half, as 3,000 groups per day interact with our hotel partners around the globe, Julie and Jessica will be optimized for success. HotelPlanner sets out to breathe life into their Virtual Planners, making Julie and Jessica the ultimate planners.

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About HotelPlanner & Meetings.com
HotelPlanner.com is the leading provider of online services in the global group hotel marketplace. Listed among the top 50 travel sites in the world and ranked number one in group travel, HotelPlanner.com is on track to produce nearly 1 million group leads this year, and is providing group hotel booking services to over 3,000 groups per day. The company’s robust technology and automated rate checkers provide customers with the guaranteed lowest available rates from a network of more than 100,000 quality hotel partners worldwide, making it easier and faster to book hotels for any corporate and leisure event. With its new eRFP group booking system, “Book-in-Block” and licensing technologies, HotelPlanner.com continues to advance the group booking process online for direct clients, market leading affiliates and hotel partners worldwide.

The company owns and operates Meetings.com, a premier site that provides information, planning and booking services for meetings and hotel stays for corporations, associations and business-to-business enterprises. By combining advanced technology with a highly experienced staff of professional meeting planners and travel specialists, Meetings.com quickly finds clients the perfect space at the best price for meetings large and small.

Customers can visit HotelPlanner.com online at http://www.hotelplanner.com, or on its mobile app, which provides users with the lowest, real-time hotel rates and availability, detailed hotel information and an easy booking tool right from the palm of their hand. They can also follow HotelPlanner.com on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Google+, YouTube and its Everything’s Better Together blog.

Founded in 2002 by CEO Tim Hentschel and CIO John Prince, the company provides 24/7 customer service and has offices in London, England (European Headquarters), Hong Kong (Asian Headquarters), West Palm Beach, FL (USA Headquarters), and Las Vegas, Nevada.

HotelPlanner.com is proud to provide hotel reservation services to valued clients within the sports team and university, corporate, and government organizations. The company’s Pro Sports Team clients most notably include Matchroom Sport, Los Angeles Chargers, Washington Redskins, Los Angeles Rams, Professional Bowlers Association, European Professional Golfers (EuroPro), Super League (Rugby), AFC Wimbledon, Millwall F.C., and Queens Park Rangers F.C. In terms of college travel, Universities such as Texas A&M, New Mexico State, Saint Mary’s College, Bradley University, University of Reno-Nevada, University of Illinois-Chicago, Northeastern University, Cal Poly, and California State University Northridge use HotelPlanner to negotiate their group travel and recruiting stays. Corporations such as CROMPCO, Siemens, Ho Jackson Motor Sports, National Grid, Chicago Bridge & Iron, Publix, and Servpro and Government clients such as the State of Mississippi, Government Services Agency, US Marines-Camp Lejeune (Group), and US Communities also utilize HotelPlanner.com as their hotel procurement provider to negotiate hotel rates, book hotel reservations and provide excellent service year-round.

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