PHILADELPHIA and IRVING, Texas - Aug., 2003 - StarCite, Inc., a provider of innovative Web-based technologies and services for the $300 billion global meetings and events industry, today announced that Omni Hotels has selected its technology and marketing programs to enhance its meeting planning capabilities. Omni Hotels provides luxury accommodations and meeting space in more than 40 hotels and resorts in North America.
Omni Hotels selected StarCite`s RapidRFP(tm) technology to power the group RFP engine of Omni`s Web site, www.omnihotels.com. Beginning this month, planners using the meetings and events section of Omni`s Web site will be able to access a custom version of StarCite`s technology to intuitively build a comprehensive meeting RFP and electronically send it to either a single or multiple Omni properties, or to a Global Sales Office for response. Omni Hotel sales executives can respond to leads on their customized view of StarCite, thereby managing all leads sent from omnihotels.com or through the StarCite channel in one place. StarCite also is providing Omni Hotels with a mechanism to track the success of various marketing campaigns, based on leads submitted within this solution.
As the booking window continues to compress, especially for corporate meetings, planners and suppliers are increasingly turning to standardized electronic RFPs as a more efficient, cost-effective means to book meeting business. Launched a year ago, StarCite`s custom RapidRFP(tm) solutions have been deployed in corporations and more than a dozen supplier sites, and they have consistently proven their ability to drive business to suppliers and fast responses to planners. Omni Hotels is the third major hotel brand to select StarCite`s technology tools to power its Web site.
“Omni Hotels is very committed to seeking new ways to deliver innovative solutions to meeting professionals. We found StarCite able to deliver forward-thinking technology with their RapidRFP(tm) tool, as well as put us in front of a large volume of meeting planners via the StarCite Online Marketplace,” according to Tom Chevins, Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Omni Hotels.
“Business demands are forcing planners and suppliers to source, bid and contract meeting space faster than ever before. We applaud Omni Hotels` efforts to embrace technology to deliver faster service to its customers,” said Bob Bennett, Vice President of Marketplace Solutions for StarCite, Inc.
About Omni Hotels:
Omni Hotels, based near Dallas in Irving, Texas, offers luxury accommodations at more than 40 hotels and resorts located throughout the United States, Canada and Mexico. Each property in the Omni Hotels portfolio provides guests with exceptional personalized service and exquisite décor, creating a distinctive experience at each location. Omni Hotels offers unsurpassed facilities with a wide range of guest services and amenities including high-speed Internet connectivity, wine tastings, gourmet dining and unique fitness options from in-room workouts to state-of-the-art fitness facilities. Through an aggressive expansion strategy, Omni Hotels is steadily entering new markets across North America. Guests can locate hotels, book accommodations or find out more about Omni Hotels by calling 1-800-THE-OMNI or accessing the company`s Web site at www.omnihotels.com.
About StarCite, Inc.:
StarCite, Inc. delivers technology and service solutions that drive best practices, cost savings and more efficient management processes to both buyers and suppliers in the meetings and events industry. The StarCite Online Marketplace delivers RFP workflow, preferred vendor management, bid analysis and reporting; RegWeb helps corporations efficiently and cost-effectively register meeting and training delegates online; together, as part of the StarCite Integrated Meetings Platform, the company delivers a comprehensive solution to manage meetings, registration and group air. StarCite also offers suppliers innovative marketing opportunities, the ability to electronically respond to and manage leads, as well as advanced technology solutions to improve their existing business processes. Its Networld International unit offers innovative marketing and technology solutions to international suppliers and unique services to leading planners of international incentives, meetings and events. StarCite is based in Philadelphia, PA. Investors in StarCite include American Express; Internet Capital Group; Maritz Travel Company; McGettigan Partners; Mellon Ventures; Networld, Inc.; Seaport Capital; Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc.; Strattech Partners; TL Ventures; and Verticalnet. For more information about StarCite, or its technologies and services, please visit www.StarCite.com.