Details Provided on SMMP Processes, Central Planning Departments, Third Party Imbeds, Preferred Vendor Agreements, Org Charts, Approval Processes, Contact Info, RFP Channels and More

Washington, D.C. (July 24, 2013) - The Knowland Group, the largest data company in the global meetings industry, today announced the new release of its Advanced Researcher Profiles. These Advanced Researcher Profiles will allow hoteliers to more strategically sell their hotel to meeting planner accounts by providing them an in-depth look at meeting planning departments at large corporations and associations.

Knowland's Advanced Researcher Profiles include information on how meeting planning departments are structured (centralized or decentralized), contact information for meeting planners, meetings and events history, third party affiliations such as Helms Briscoe or Conference Direct, and any RFP distribution tools used by a meeting planning department. Knowland's Researcher Profiles also allow hoteliers to see possible "rules" and "regulations," such as Strategic Meetings Management Program (SMMP) stipulations, contractual requirements or preferred hotels, that meeting planners within that account may be placed under that could affect what hotels they book for meetings.

"This is a hotel sales person's dream," states Jim Vandevender, Chief Development Officer for The Knowland Group. "By utilizing Knowland's Advanced Researcher Profiles, hotel sales people can better understand how the meeting departments within those accounts are structured so they can immediately get to the right decision maker. They can also avoid wasting time on accounts with specific SMMP programs or preferred hotel agreements in place that don't fit their hotel property or brand."

Gathering all of this data requires a huge infrastructure, which is why Knowland has over 400 people working around the clock to research contact details, profile group meeting policies and identify meeting planner preferences. Knowland's Research Center, located in Salisbury, MD houses Knowland's Research Analyst Team, the group responsible for gathering information on meeting planners and the group meetings industry. These Researchers are trained in multiple hotel sales and meeting planner bootcamps and are adept at tracking down meeting planners and other decision makers within organizations and finding out crucial information about their events and meeting needs.

About The Knowland Group

The Knowland Group is a proven innovator, developing intuitive data products and services that streamline and support event and group sales in the hospitality industry. Headquartered in Washington, D.C. in historic Chinatown, the Knowland Group serves more than 3,000 hotel clients and 25,000 users globally. Knowland is ranked as the 76th fastest growing software company in North America by Deloitte and the second fastest growing private company in the travel industry for both 2009 and 2010 by Inc. Magazine. For more information, please visit Knowland's website or call (410) 860-2270.

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Contact: Melissa White

mwhite@knowland.com / (202) 312-5880

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