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Vantis Launches ‘Package Select’ 
Dynamic Online Booking Engine

Deerhurst Resort Guests Add Services and Amenities
to Hotel Reservations from Deerhurst’s Website with Package Select

Calgary, Alberta, Canada — November 23, 2004 — Vantis today announced the rollout of Package Selecttm, a dynamic new online booking engine for hotel websites. The innovative product’s advanced capabilities allow hotels to link profitable services and amenities to online room reservations. Additionally, shoppers may add personal requirements, such as event tickets and in-room dining, quickly and conveniently to their hotel room bookings. Vantis is the largest provider of marketing and revenue generation services for independent hotels, car rental companies and airlines.
 
“Package Select provides hotels with a way to use their websites to capture additional revenue from guests,” said Kelly Blake, president of Vantis. “We offer independents a one-stop solution for optimizing profitable revenue by giving them the same services under one umbrella they would get by being on a brand site.” Package Select also gives hotels the capability to easily create alliances with local businesses and sell their services online bundled with hotel reservations.

Deerhurst Resort in Ontario, Canada recently


Kelly Blake
installed the revenue boosting technology on its website. “Package Select allows Deerhurst to easily incorporate and present our themed weekend packages online to our customers,” said Brent Lavery, Deerhurst Resort’s director of sales and marketing. “The Internet customers of today want convenience; Package Select saves them time while it also adds sales to Deerhurst’s online marketing program. Our New Year’s Eve package, for example, is already selling online. The options available to our guests with Package Select are wide and varied; some guests are even pre-ordering room service prior to arrival.” 

More Bookers, Less Clicks

Package Select goes beyond other website booking functionality that limits shoppers to reserving guest rooms. With attractive HTML page design, Package Select helps hotels boost RevPAR by allowing them to market and sell amenities and services to guests from a property’s own website, before the guests check in. Guests may choose from a variety of add-on services to create their own business travel or vacation packages when they book their hotel reservations online. Package Select displays individual prices for each added service, or bundles pricing to show only the total package rate. 

Introductory Offer Provides Added Value

As an added incentive, clients who sign up for Package Select within the next 30 days will benefit from 30 days of free marketing support for amenity descriptions. Vantis’ marketing team will develop creative descriptions with eye-catching layout and designs to help clients promote and sell their amenities and services to guests.

Package Select is available to select Vantis customers, with long-term plans to offer it to all clients in the near future. The product is Vantis’ latest addition to its suite of website solutions, which currently includes website hosting and design, search engine optimization, pay-per-click advertising and e-mail harvesting, and will eventually include rich media solution, such as videos, virtual property tours and audio-enhanced moving slideshows.

About Vantis

Vantis is a marketing and revenue management consulting organization for hotels, car rental companies and airlines. Founded in 1979, the privately held Calgary, Alberta-based firm partners with its clients to optimize their profitable revenue. Vantis offers clients a range of products and services in areas such as revenue management, marketing, channel management, website solutions and voice reservations to ensure they consistently use their most profitable business mix. The company helps clients sell the right hotel room, rental car or airplane seat to the right person at the right price for optimum profitability. With more than 5,000 clients worldwide, Vantis is the industry's largest provider of reservation sales services. The organization is a central distribution point to every viable Internet booking site and to all of the major GDS, including Sabre, Galileo, Pegasus, WorldRes, Amadeus and Worldspan. Vantis has U.S. headquarters in Dallas, Texas and significant development office presence in a number of cities around the world, including Denver, London, Berlin, Sydney and Hong Kong. 

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Contact:
Vantis
Rick Shaum
Senior Vice President Sales and Marketing
(719) 487-0789
rshaum@vantiscorp.com
www.vantiscorp.com


 
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