Amadeus Launches Hotel Group Booking for Agents

Amadeus and Group Travel Planet have formed a partnership that
will bring Group Travel Planet’s leisure hotel group booking
capabilities and supplier inventory to the desktops of Amadeus
agents in North America.
Amadeus subscribers in the U.S. and Canada will benefit from Group Travel
Planet’s inventory. With automated tools for rooming lists, individual or group payment options and system-generated alerts for important deadlines, Group Travel Planet acts
like an agent’s assistant and manages the entire group reservation process.

“Group Travel Planet has built a desirable network of hotel suppliers that
offer special group rates available to our agents and their customers,
just in time for the busy summer travel season,” said Bob Lowry, Senior
Vice President of Product Management and Support for Amadeus North
America. “By making it as easy to book a group in a hotel as it is to book
an individual room, Amadeus agents and travelers will benefit from the
savings Group Travel Planet provides in both time and money.”

“More than 36 billion dollars were spent domestically on group travel in
2002 and one-third of that was from travel agents who booked small
groups,” said Scott Harness, CEO of Group Travel Planet. “We’ve automated
every step of the online group hotel booking process from the search and
confirmation to the addition and subtraction of rooms, and much more, so
that agents can focus less on these tasks and more on serving their
customers.”

Group Travel Planet’s hotel inventory will be accessible through Amadeus’ AgentNet.
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