AFM Preferred Alliance Group has announced that they have chosen Bell`s DataValet service as the preferred wired, high-
speed Internet access solution for their properties across Canada.
is a business travel solution that features high-speed Internet connections
for hotel rooms, combined with a robust, customized portal delivering the
latest news and comprehensive city information.
As the largest purchasing service available to the lodging industry in
Canada, AFM Preferred Alliance Group
represents the potential buying power of
more than 2,700 hotels and 285,000 hotel rooms in Canada. DataValet will be
the high-speed Internet solution that AFM Preferred Alliance will recommend to
“AFM Preferred Alliance Group always selects our preferred vendors and
solutions based on obtaining the most competitive value for our hotels,” said
Stephen Phillips, Vice Chairman and C.E.O., AFM Hospitality Corporation.
“Bell`s DataValet solution also offers the ease-of-use and quality high-speed
Internet access that our guests would expect from our properties.”
DataValet`s easy-to-use, “plug-and-play”, high-speed Internet connection
allows business travelers to access their corporate network, e-mail and a
range of real-time services such as late breaking news and local city
information. A robust, customized portal features bilingual, local city
information from sites such as toronto.com and montrealplus.ca, financial news
and real-time sports scores.
“Beyond the convenience of high-speed Internet access, DataValet will
provide the business traveler with comprehensive city information on a
selection of the best restaurants and ticket availability for the best seats
to local sporting events,” said Randy Reynolds, president and CEO of Bell
Nexxia. “With DataValet, Bell Nexxia is bringing a BCE convergence solution
leveraging content from Bell Globemedia to our customers in the hotel
In addition, hotels have the option of offering hotel-specific
applications that allow users to fax messages and send print jobs to the
hotel`s business centre from their rooms. Along with guestroom access,
DataValet is also available in hotel meeting and conference rooms, making
Internet connections simple, while enhancing customer presentations, training
sessions and executive planning meetings.
As a preferred solution, DataValet will be promoted through AFM Preferred
Alliance to their range of hotel banners, including ASTON(R) Hotels, Best
Inns(R), Hawthorn(R) Suites, Howard Johnson(R), Knights Inn(R), Park Plaza(R),
Park Inn(R), Ramada(R), Villager(R) Lodge and La Quinta Inns. Information
packages on the DataValet solution that outlines multiple solution
configurations and an easy step-by-step process to facilitate deployment have
been sent to all properties.
DataValet is a strategic alliance between Bell and TravelNet
Technologies, a leading supplier of high speed Internet solutions to leading
hotels and properties throughout the world. Launched in November 2001, the
DataValet delivers content from Bell Globemedia and operates on TravelNet
Technologies` plug and play Internet platform and virtual office services.
This agreement was negotiated and sold through Bell Nexxia, Bell Canada`s
sales channel to the large enterprise customer.