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Vantis Expands Relationship with SKYCITY
Entertainment Group in New Zealand
SKYCITY Grand Hotel Selects Vantis for Internet, GDS, Voice and
Booking Engine Services

Calgary, Alberta, Canada — June 8, 2005 — Vantis, a leading provider of marketing and revenue generation services for independent hotels, car rental companies and airlines, recently announced it will provide a wide range of reservation services for SKYCITY Grand Hotel, a five-star deluxe hotel situated above the SKYCITY Auckland Convention Centre in the heart of vibrant Auckland, New Zealand. 

Through the agreement, Vantis will provide the hotel, which opened its doors to the public in early April, with call center, Internet and Global Distribution System (GDS) services, as well as a customized booking engine for the property’s website. 

“We have worked with the four-star-plus SKYCITY Auckland Hotel for more than eight years, so we are pleased to expand our relationship to its new sister hotel, the five-star SKYCITY Grand,” said Kelly Blake, president of Vantis. “Our goal, as it is with each and every one of our clients, is to partner with SKYCITY Grand to optimize its profitable revenue through the most lucrative channels, such as the Internet, GDS, voice reservations and online bookings. We look forward to helping this new property achieve great success.”

SKYCITY Group general manager, marketing and New Zealand operations, Heather Shotter, believes the partnership with Vantis will help SKYCITY reach important international markets. 

“Vantis has provided us with excellent customer service over the last eight years,” Shotter said. “We are delighted to be able to extend the relationship.”

Kevin Looney, director of business development for Vantis commented, “We are delighted SKYCITY has expanded our relationship by selecting Vantis and our leading-edge technology for the new SKYCITY Grand. 

Vantis’ goals and strategy are a perfect fit with this forward-thinking property’s commitment to service and excellence.”

Through its Internet and GDS services, Vantis connects clients to thousands of travel websites and all of the major GDSs. The organization currently works with more than 30 properties in New Zealand, and is the leading GDS and channel marketing provider for the Asia/Pacific region.

To learn more about Vantis and how the company helps clients such as SKYCITY optimize their profitable revenue, visit Vantis at HITEC, Booth #427, in Los Angeles, California, June 20-23.

About SKYCITY Grand Hotel 

The five-star SKYCITY Grand Hotel, in central Auckland, New Zealand, features 21 levels and 316 rooms of uncompromising quality. The rooms comprise a range of luxury accommodation options including The Grand Suite, eight Premier self-contained Suites, 11 Executive King Suites and 296 Luxury King rooms. The hotel provides a range of exclusive guest services, an outdoor balcony, 25m lap swimming pool, sauna and spa pool, gymnasium and a private members club with full 24 hour guest service and complimentary wireless and broadband connectivity.  The SKYCITY Auckland complex also includes the 344-room four-star plus SKYCITY Auckland Hotel,  SKYCITY Auckland Convention Centre, the world-famous Sky Tower, two casinos and a range of bars and restaurants, including the exclusive ‘dine by Peter Gordon’.

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 a world leader 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.



SKYCITY Grand Hotel
Jean Chapman
Director of Corporate Sales
Tel: 0064 9 363 6252
e-mail: [email protected]

Rick Shaum 
Senior Vice President Sales and Marketing
Tel: 719-487-0789
e-mail: [email protected]


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