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A Partnership of Historic Proportions: Historic Hotels of
America Selects Vantis as its New Partner in
Reservations and Revenue Optimization

Calgary, Alberta, Canada — May 18, 2005 — Vantis, the largest provider of marketing and revenue generation services for independent hotels, car rental companies and airlines, recently announced that Washington, DC-based Historic Hotels of America (HHA) has selected Vantis to provide voice reservation services for its toll-free reservation line, the booking engine behind www.historichotels.org, as well as revenue management support from Vantis’ dedicated and experienced revenue management team.

In addition to these overall services, Vantis will provide Internet and global distribution system (GDS) services to the nearly 50 HHA member hotels that use the proprietary HE chain code. Vantis will also offer overflow and after-hours voice reservation services, booking engines, revenue management professional services (RMPS), and website and rich media solutions to HHA’s 218 individual member hotels.

Kelly Blake, president of Vantis, believes the company’s extensive industry experience in combination with HHA’s unique and established brand creates a strong business partnership.

“With Vantis supporting HHA member hotels through revenue producing programs, and by marketing the HE chain code and www.historichotels.org, we believe Historic Hotels of America will become the strongest niche brand in North America,” Blake commented. “Vantis is committed to the future of Historic Hotels of America. We will work hand-in-hand with the HHA staff and member hotels to ensure we consistently offer programs, services and support that deliver increased revenues.”

“Having ‘one point of contact’ for the HHA central reservations program, call center, website, HE/GDS as well as private label voice services for the hotels and private label booking engines for property websites were all key components in the selection of Vantis,” said Thierry Roch, executive director of Historic Hotels of America. “We were also particularly impressed with their experience, and expertise, with revenue producing programs already being used by their current clients with impressive results. This bodes well for our members, all of whom are hoping to increase their bookings through the unique supplementary marketing channel HHA represents."

While some Historic Hotels of America member properties, including the Napa River Inn, the Brown Palace and the Grove Park Inn, were already Vantis clients, Vantis is pleased to now have an established relationship with the organization as a whole. 

“Our desire to work with Historic Hotels of America goes back many years,” said Lisa D’Angelo, director of business development with Vantis. “We have always felt that Vantis was a perfect fit to support such a fine collection of hotels and esteemed hoteliers. We realize that HHA is like no other brand, and we pride ourselves on delivering the individualized consultation and recommendations that will impact each unique property. We are very excited to launch this partnership of historic proportions.” 

The new agreement between Vantis and Historic Hotels of America came into effect May 1, 2005. 

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.

About Historic Hotels of America 

Historic Hotels of America is a program of the National Trust for Historic Preservation. Historic Hotels has identified 218 hotels that have faithfully maintained their historic integrity, architecture and ambiance. To be selected for this prestigious program, a hotel must be at least 50 years old, listed in or eligible for the National Register of Historic Places or recognized as having historic significance. A directory of member hotels can be purchased for $4.00 by sending a check to National Trust/HHA, P.O. Box 320, Washington, D.C. 20055-0320. Rooms at any of the member hotels can be reserved by calling 800-678-8946 or at www.historichotels.org. Reservations made through Historic Hotels of America support the National Trust, a non-profit organization of 200,000 members that provides leadership, education and advocacy to save America's diverse historic places and revitalize our communities.

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Contact:

Vantis
Rick Shaum 
Senior Vice President Sales and Marketing
Tel: 719-487-0789
e-mail: rshaum@vantiscorp.com
Website: www.vantiscorp.com

Historic Hotels of America
Mary Billingsley
Director of Public Relations
Tel: 202-588-6061
e-mail: pr@historichotels.org
website: www.historichotels.org



 
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