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Anaheim/Orange County VCB Partners With
Passkey For Group Housing Management
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Meeting Planners Gain Complete Control Over Entire Event Housing
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(Anaheim, CA, Quincy, MA – July 19, 2006) - The Anaheim/Orange County Visitor & Convention Bureau today announced their partnership with Passkey, the worldwide leader in online group reservations, and will start offering Passkey as an integral component of their meeting services to all event planners coming to the area.  

"We are excited about our new partnership with Passkey and the quality of service that they will deliver," said Charles Ahlers, President & CEO of the Anaheim/Orange County Visitor & Convention Bureau.  "This association gives our Bureau an enhanced level of service in promoting our premiere west coast destination to travelers."

Passkey has established itself as the de facto standard online group housing solution for citywide events.  Today over 50 major convention bureaus within North America are using Passkey as their group housing solution.  With Passkey, Anaheim/Orange Country Visitor & Convention Bureau will offer planners:

  • Easy upload of rooming list in any format
  • Customized event websites for online bookings
  • Instant acknowledgements
  • 24/7 access to event reports, including pick-up and pace reports
  • Seamless integration to planner’s preferred registration system through Passkey RegLink
  • Reduction in attrition exposure and book-arounds
In 2005 the Anaheim area hosted 1,113,224 convention and meeting delegates, theses delegates spent approximately $880,782,829 during their visit to this destination. 

“Planners were demanding Passkey because they are familiar with the system, and relied on the robust functionality that it offers,” explained Colleen Cornett, Director of Convention Housing, Anaheim/Orange County CVB.  “From 24/7 access to event data, custom reports, and to integration with registration systems.  We are in the business of customer satisfaction, and we know that can deliver with Passkey.”

Greg Pesik, President and CEO of Passkey adds, "This is a great partnership, and we are confident that Passkey's innovative technology will benefit the Anaheim/Orange County CVB immensely.  We are thrilled with the new addition of the Anaheim/Orange County CVB to the Passkey network!"

About Anaheim/Orange County CVB: 

The Anaheim/Orange County Visitor & Convention Bureau is a non-profit destination marketing organization dedicated to promoting Anaheim/Orange County as a premier visitor, convention and meeting destination. For more information, call 714/765-8888 or visit anaheimoc.org.

About Passkey: 

Passkey is the worldwide leader in online group reservations management. The Boston-based technology company offers event attendees, planners and providers with a powerful web-based onDemand solutions that lets them manage their group reservations on the web. 

The Passkey-enabledSM global network consists of over 85% of major U.S. Convention and Visitors Bureaus (CVBs), as well as thousands of hotels, trade associations, corporate meeting planners, and meeting management companies. Passkey investors include: Lazard Technology Partners; Sabre (NYSE: TSG) (www.sabre.com); Galileo (NYSE: GLC) (www.galileo.com); Worldspan (www.worldspan.com); TravelCLICK (www.travelclick.net) and DRV Investments, LLC.

Website: http://www.passkey.com

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Contact:

Dahlia El Gazzar
Director of Marketing
Passkey International Inc.
617.237.8238
delgazzar@passkey.com
http://www.passkey.com/

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