|Chicago, IL (June 20, 2003) — TravelCLICK Interactive
L.L.C. announced today that it has combined with iHotelier, a leading supplier
of Web site reservations technology and marketing services to the hospitality
industry. With this step, TravelCLICK Interactive can offer a full range
of products and services to help hotel properties maximize net revenue
through their Web sites.
Located in Houston, iHotelier launched its first hotel reservations system in 1997. Today, iHotelier provides reservations systems integrated with an online marketing system that can easily be customized for hotel clients. iHotelier's service is further enhanced by a number of ancillary capabilities including e-marketing, Web design and hosting, and customized application development. Additionally, hotel clients benefit from OneScreen, patent pending and guest-friendly technology for simplifying the online reservations process.
“TravelCLICK Interactive was formed at the beginning of 2003 to address the needs of hotels in formulating and executing Internet strategies that drive more business directly to their Web sites,” said Ray Cohen, president and co-CEO of TravelCLICK. “The response from the marketplace has been tremendous. Now, with iHotelier’s innovative technology and marketing services added to the mix, TravelCLICK Interactive should be able to greatly accelerate the progress of its hotel clients in this vital area.”
“TravelCLICK Interactive is off to a fast start, working with over 300 hotels in three countries in just five months of operations,” said Richard Chambers, president of TravelCLICK Interactive. “iHotelier rounds out our portfolio of services for helping hotels build direct business from the Internet. We can now offer a full service and tightly-integrated approach for on-line hotel marketers: Web strategy development, Web site design, search engine optimization, search marketing, e-mail campaigns, and an advanced booking engine designed to more readily convert Web site lookers into bookers. When all these capabilities are carefully blended to operate in tandem, we believe the end result will be a maximum flow of reservations direct to the hotel.”
Chambers also noted that, while TravelCLICK Interactive considers iHotelier’s OneScreen format to be the state-of-the-art Web site reservations system, the combined company will continue to work with all booking engine systems on a variety of projects. “The iHotelier system will not be the exclusive Web site reservation system for our hotel clients,” said Chambers.
iHotelier’s support staff will remain in Houston, Texas and will serve as the operations center for TravelCLICK Interactive.
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