Trump, TravelCLICK ink deal

Trump Entertainment Resorts has selected TravelCLICK to provide a new distribution and marketing solution, including reservation services, market intelligence, electronic marketing services and travel agent advertising, for all three of its Atlantic City properties.Trump Marina Hotel Casino, Trump Plaza Hotel & Casino and Trump Taj Mahal Casino Resort—currently totals more than 2,700 rooms, with an additional 800-room tower under construction at the Taj Mahal.

The move to TravelCLICK’s cutting-edge technology platform is designed to enhance Trump Entertainment Resorts’ ability to merchandise and sell rooms more effectively and is part of a significant investment in improvements the company is making to showcase its three casino hotels.

Trump Entertainment Resorts is using the iHotelier central reservations system to manage and grow website and Global Distribution System (GDS) reservations; TravelCLICK’s market intelligence tools, Hotelligence, Hotelligence FuturePACE and RateVIEW, to benchmark bookings performance against competitors; a suite of Internet marketing services, including Pay-Per-Click Advertising, to increase search visibility and online bookings; and Travel Agent Media Preferred Placement and Travel Agent Targeted Advertising to ensure superior visibility on the GDS.

” We were looking for a single partner to provide a comprehensive distribution and marketing solution that would help us convert more shoppers into guests in our existing hotel rooms and in preparation for our new Taj Mahal hotel tower, scheduled to open next year,” said Ravneet Bhandari, Senior Vice President of Revenue Management for Trump Entertainment Resorts. “TravelCLICK’s integrated strategy, combining intelligence, robust merchandising, Internet marketing expertise and reservations technology, will put us in a position to sell more rooms and maximize our hotel sales revenue. We now have new tools that will help us develop more effective revenue strategies and marketing programs and will give us more power and flexibility to react quickly to market changes. Already, we are seeing encouraging results, with more online bookings and higher revenue-per-booking from our online customers.”

The iHotelier central reservation system, with its award-winning, single-screen booking engine, iStay, provides a virtual hotel storefront that merchandises the Trump properties and delivers a dynamic user-driven shopping and booking experience that reinforces the organization’s philosophy of providing guests with an exceptional stay—from online to on-property. iHotelier allows the hotels to display inventory and room rates in real time, promote each property’s unique features and amenities, and capture incremental revenue through the merchandising of packages and add-ons. Pay-Per-Click advertising is already boosting web traffic and bookings. A new website, along with search engine optimization, will be implemented within a few months, and will further enhance each hotel’s online presence.

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“Trump Entertainment Resorts is known for providing extraordinary and even larger-than-life guest stay experiences, and the company’s ongoing investment in property improvements illustrates its commitment to that philosophy,” said Christopher Rockett, Executive Vice President - Americas at TravelCLICK. “Moreover, the company understands that an investment in improvements includes investing in new technology. TravelCLICK’s total suite of solutions will complement and bolster the Trump hotels’ continuing efforts to build brand identity and achieve solid revenue growth and will set the standard for other high-profile resorts, all while providing guests with an unsurpassed online experience.”
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