HotelPlanner Partners with Emergency App to Provide Hotel Availability during Natural Disasters and other Emergencies

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Partnership incorporates HotelPlanner’s real-time hotel availability into the Emergency App during any emergency nationwide.

HotelPlanner, one of the world’s largest providers of group, individual and corporate hotel bookings, today announced a new partnership with the Emergency App to serve communities and first responders during natural disasters and other emergencies.

HotelPlanner’s real-time hotel inventory availability will be incorporated into the Emergency app to provide citizens with a more holistic and comprehensive view of what hotels are open or closed and what rooms are available to book during times of emergency.

Launched in September 2022 during Hurricane Ian, the Emergency App includes data from more than one hundred sources, including HotelPlanner. The app then aggregates and personalizes the data to make it relevant, timely and actionable to the individual affected and their situation. The company is also developing a mobile app useable without cell reception and a subscription-based Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) dashboard for emergency managers to engage directly with their citizens.

John Prince, Co-founder & Chief Information Officer, HotelPlanner, said, “In times of emergency, it’s critically important that we provide displaced travelers and first responders with the most accurate and timely hotel room availability in the affected city. Our partnership with the Emergency App helps HotelPlanner become part of the situational awareness ecosystem during any emergency nationwide. And we look forward to expanding this partnership in the coming years.”

Joe Russo, Founder & CEO, Emergency Ventures, said, “Never before have emergency managers or the general public had access to a single data solution during emergencies to increase situational awareness of the disaster’s impact. Even with top search engines and twitter, it’s still challenging to understand what’s really going on in real time. Partnering with HotelPlanner enables anyone, especially FEMA, to obtain real-time hotel availability and actionable intelligence as the emergency evolves. And we’re just getting started to make the app more dynamic and location agnostic.”

To date, this partnership has made emergency accommodation data available to thousands of people affected by Hurricane Ian, as well as situational intelligence utilized by Florida’s Department of Emergency Management, which makes the app available to all FEMA locations and managers to co-opt.

About Emergency Ventures
Emergency builds technology to connect and serve citizens, volunteers, and emergency managers in natural disasters. Saving Lives through Technology.

About HotelPlanner
HotelPlanner is a leading travel technology company that combines proprietary artificial intelligence and a 24/7 gig economy-based reservations and customer service network, to quickly and seamlessly serve all traveller hotel & accommodation needs from a single platform.

HotelPlanner is one of the world’s top providers of individual, group and corporate travel bookings, specializing in unique “Closed User Group” discount rates. Founded in 2003, HotelPlanner has enduring partnerships with the world’s largest Online Travel Agencies, well-known hotel chains, individual hotels, online wedding providers, ancillary lodging providers, corporations, sports franchises, universities and government agencies.

Contacts:
Philip Ballard
Chief Communications Officer & Head of Investor Relations
HotelPlanner
Philip.ballard@hotelplanner.com

Joe Russo
Founder & CEO
Emergency Ventures
joe@emergency.ventures

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