Announces Team Skipper In Biggest Round The World Ocean Race

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Conall Morrison will lead the team in their Clipper Race Debut

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We are excited to have Conall leading our team. We are confident his excellent experience and sailing skills will bring our team great success in the race. Three cheers to our fantastic Clipper Race Skipper!, the leading online provider of group and individual travel services, is thrilled to announce that Conall Morrison, 36, from Derry-Londonderry, Northern Ireland, will lead its team as Skipper in the Clipper 2017-18 Race, which starts from Liverpool, UK, on Sunday, 20 August, 2017. The yacht will debut as one of twelve teams participating in the eleventh edition of the unique 40,000 nautical mile Clipper Race, an eleven-month voyage with exposure across six continents.

As a former Clipper Race Training Skipper and Mate, Conall already has a wealth of experience of racing on the event’s matched design 70-foot ocean racing yachts. He qualified as a Yachtmaster Instructor in 2012, and Yachtmaster Ocean in 2015, and has well over 40,000 nautical miles in his log book.

“We are excited to have Conall leading our team. We are confident his excellent experience and sailing skills will bring our team great success in the race. Three cheers to our fantastic Clipper Race Skipper! We will be following you all the way around the world,” said Tim Hentschel, Founder and CEO of

In addition to Conall, who will be the only professional sailor on board, the team is made up of 57 crew members, who range from 23 to 76 years in age, currently representing a total of 15 different countries.

“It’s really exciting to be named as the Skipper for the team. I believe the company’s slogan of ‘Bringing People Together’, will fit well into our team ethos. We want to be a happy team, we want to be an all-inclusive team, so I think this partnership is a great fit for us,” said Conall Morrison, Skipper.

Adding, he said: “With Race Start in Liverpool less than two months away, my team is looking really good. Now we just can’t wait to start racing.”

Listed among the top 50 travel sites in the world and ranked number one in group travel, bringing people together is what does best. With stopovers in twelve top cities around the world, will provide opportunities for their team to engage with customers in.

Starting in Liverpool on 20 August 2017, the global route of the Clipper 2017-18 Race will include stopovers in Punta del Este – Uruguay, Cape Town, Fremantle, Sydney, Hobart, the Whitsundays, Sanya and Qingdao - China, Seattle, Panama, New York, and Derry-Londonderry. The epic adventure will conclude in Liverpool on 28 July, 2018.

About 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, 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, continues to advance the group booking process online for direct clients, market leading affiliates and hotel partners worldwide.

The company owns and operates, 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, quickly finds clients the perfect space at the best price for meetings large and small.

Customers can visit online at, 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 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. 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, Washington Redskins, Professional Bowlers Association, European Professional Golfers (EuroPro), Super League (Rugby), AFC Wimbledon, Euroleague Basketball, 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, Jackson Motor Sports, National Grid, Chicago Bridge & Iron, Publix, Servpro and Government clients such as the State of Louisiana, State of Arizona, Government Services Agency, and US Communities also utilize as their hotel procurement provider to negotiate hotel rates, book hotel reservations and provide excellent service year-round.

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