HotelPlanner.com Co-Founder and CEO Timothy Hentschel Named 2018 Cornell Hospitality Innovator of the Year

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This Prestigious Award Kicks-Off HotelPlanner.com’s 15th Year

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The world-class teaching and creative minds at the Hotel School inspired me to pursue a career rooted in entrepreneurship and hospitality while providing me with the tools for success.

HotelPlanner.com, the leading provider of online group hotel bookings worldwide, is thrilled to announce that its Co-Founder and CEO Timothy Hentschel has been named the recipient of the 2018 Cornell Hospitality Innovator Award. This prestigious honor is given annually by the Leland C. and Mary M. Pillsbury Institute for Hospitality Entrepreneurship at the Cornell University School of Hotel Administration, from which Hentschel graduated in 2001. Hentschel will receive the award at the 10th annual Cornell Hospitality Icon and Innovator Awards gala, being held Tuesday, June 5 at the Pierre Hotel in New York City.

Established in 2003, HotelPlanner.com was an early leader in providing online resources for group hotel bookings, becoming a mainstay for group event planners and hotel partners alike. In 2018, as the company approaches its 15-year anniversary, it is expected to source nearly ten billion dollars in group hotel travel, totaling sixteen percent of the global group hotel marketplace.

“The world-class teaching and creative minds at the Hotel School inspired me to pursue a career rooted in entrepreneurship and hospitality while providing me with the tools for success,” said Hentschel. “Surrounding myself with supportive, smart and successful role models helped forge my drive to build a company.”

With its inception in 2009, the Cornell Hospitality Icon and Innovator Awards has become the largest event on the Hotel School’s calendar, attracting more than 600 influential leaders and innovators in the hospitality and travel industries from more than a dozen countries each year. The event is a key fundraiser for the Hotel School’s annual fund, which provides critical need-based scholarships for students.

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 4 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.

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