Washington, August 13, 2002-The American Hotel & Lodging Association (AH&LA) recently formed an alliance with HotMeetingDates.com LLC, a Web site that advertises and markets short-term open dates to meeting planners. Under the terms of the partnership, the Bethesda, Md.-based company will offer AH&LA members a 25 percent discount off its annual base fee.
Ranked as one of the top Web sites on Internet search engines, HotMeetingDates.com offers Web browsers easy access to complete listings of available dates. With a few clicks, users can search the company’s database, select dates, and send e-mail booking requests directly to the lodging properties. In addition, HotMeetingDates.com supports cross selling between sister properties or within communities.
“In today’s distressed economy, hoteliers are constantly looking for ways to market and sale their products on a limited budget. With this alliance, HotMeetings.com offers this opportunity and more at a reduced cost to our members,” said William H. Hanley, AH&LA executive vice president of corporate and industry relations.
“Promoting short-term availability to fill valley periods has always been a challenge. Our alliance with AH&LA allows members to meet that challenge with non-commissioned pricing,” said HotMeetingDates.com President Charles M. Robinson.
For more information about the partnership, call HotMeetingDates.com at (301) 896-0799. To receive the association’s member discount, go to the “Members Only” section of the AH&LA Web site, www.ahla.com.
HotMeetingDates.com is the meeting planner`s one-stop resource for booking short-term meetings. Just one year old, HotMeetingDates.com has grown rapidly, and now boasts more than 140 hotels, resorts & conference centers in 65 of the hottest markets in the United States and Canada. Representing some of the most widely respected names in hospitality, these include Hyatt, Millennium, Marriott, Westin, Sheraton, Renaissance, Wyndham, Four Points, Crowne Plaza and Holiday Inn. HotMeetingDates.com now dominates nine out of ten of the major search engines on the web, and is ranked 115 times in the top 50 results on these major search engines.
AH&LA is a 92-year-old federation of state lodging associations throughout the United States with some 13,000 property members worldwide, representing more than 1.7 million guest rooms. AH&LA provides its members with assistance in operations, education, and communications, and lobbies on Capitol Hill to provide a business climate in which the industry can continue to prosper. Individual state associations provide representation at the state level and offer many additional cost-saving benefits.