PASADENA, CA., JANUARY 21, 1998 - Pacific Bell At Hand (www.athand.com), the Appy award-winning online merchant and information guide, has entered into an agreement with WorldRes, the leading Internet-based hotel reservation network. This agreement now gives users of At Hand the ability to make hotel reservations and receive instant confirmation all online.
"At Hand has always been more than just a directory of business listings" said Dan Finnigan, vice president of sales and marketing for Pacific Bell Interactive Media, "From the beginning, we have focused on helping consumers and business professionals make convenient and informed purchasing decisions. Now with the transactional capabilities of WorldRes, that convenience can go to another level. A user can find any lodging from a convention hotel to a romantic inn and make a reservation, all without ever having to leave our site."
Visitors to At Hand can search an entire region by arrival date, and see a list of all properties available for that period. Many of the listings are available only through the WorldRes database. In addition, visitors can find further information about their destinations by using At Hand's City Guides and the mapping services provided by MapQuest.
"Pacific Bell At Hand is one of the leading online directories for California and provides WorldRes with an attractive source of new customers and reservations for our member hotels" said Scott Potter, vice president of business development for WorldRes.
Pacific Bell At Hand is an online service of Pacific Bell Interactive Media, a company of SBC Communications Inc. SBC is an international leader in the telecommunications industry, with more than 32 million access lines and nearly 5 million wireless customers across the United States, as well as investments in telecommunications businesses in 10 countries. Under the Southwestern Bell, Pacific Bell, Nevada Bell and Cellular One brands, the company, through its subsidiaries, offers a wide range of innovative services, including local and long-distance telephone service, wireless communications, paging, Internet access, cable TV and messaging, as well as telecommunications equipment, and directory advertising and publishing. SBC (www.sbc.com) has more than 114,000 employees. SBC reported 1996 revenues of $23.5 billion. SBC' s equity market value of $56.2 billion (as of September 30, 1997) ranks it as one of the five largest telecommunications companies in the world.
The 1997 Gold Appy Award for "Excellence And Innovation In Electronic Media" was presented to At Hand at the international Yellow Pages Publishers Association annual meeting. The "Appy Award" is the equivalent of an Emmy or Oscar award in the yellow pages industry worldwide.
WorldRes, Inc. (www.worldres.com), founded in 1995, provides Internet sales and marketing services to over 1,600 properties worldwide, as well as online hotel booking capability to travel and destination Web sites. Other WorldRes partner sites include SABRE's Travelocity, NetChannel, Fujitsu's WildBird site in Japan and the San Diego Convention & Visitors Bureau.