StarCite has announced that Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants has signed on to StarCite’s Small Meeting Solution. Through its integration with StarCite and Pegasus Solutions’ UltraDirect distribution technology, Kimpton will be able to provide corporate meeting planners with real-time online access to its inventory of guest rooms, meeting spaces and associated meeting services for the first time. StarCite SMS will provide a new channel to help Kimpton increase sales opportunities and more efficiently book and manage smaller meetings of 50 people or less.
“As the industry leader in the small to mid-size group market we are focused on streamlining the buying process for our customers, and to that end we couldn’t be more pleased to partner with StarCite and work to offer our clients the Small Meeting Solution,” said Jesse Suglia, director of hotel sales, Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants. “We pride ourselves on customer service and satisfaction, which is why we are eager to provide planners with the convenience of real time access to our inventory.”
“We are thrilled to add Kimpton Hotels to our growing list of Small Meeting Solution adopters,” said David O’Donohoe, vice president of supplier markets, StarCite. “By providing real-time inventory access to meeting planners, Kimpton will benefit from greater access to smaller corporate meetings and be able to more efficiently and productively manage the sales and booking process for these gatherings.”
Kimpton will take advantage of StarCite’s integration with Pegasus (announced in late 2007) to facilitate real-time access to information on rates, availability and reservations from Kimpton’s inventory.
“We’re pleased to expand into the group meetings business through our StarCite integration and launch with Kimpton Hotels. The online meetings market represents a growing area of opportunity for hotels as more corporations look to online tools to manage their overall meetings spend,” said Mike Kistner, chief operating officer and president, reservation and distribution services, Pegasus Solutions, Inc.