Groups Can Book Cendant Hotels on GroupTravelPlanet.com

PARSIPPANY, N.J., Jan. 21 /PRNewswire/ — Soccer coaches, Cub Scout leaders and others who plan travel for groups now can access discounted rates at participating Cendant-franchised hotels on GroupTravelPlanet.com, a leading online group booking company.

Group Travel Planet LLC offers discounted group inventory at participating Super 8(R), Days Inn(R), Ramada(R), Travelodge(R), Howard Johnson(R), Knights Inn(R), Wingate Inn(R) and AmeriHost Inn(R) franchised hotels.

GroupTravelPlanet.com gives leisure travel planners the ability to plan, book and manage all aspects of group trips online. Services include consolidated billing, payment tools and the capability to check inventory for group stays.

Group Travel Planet also hosts a call center to handle special requests including help securing function space and finding unique group activities.

“Group Travel Planet helps us serve people who need accommodations for their groups but don’t have a lot of experience calling hotels and negotiating arrangements,” said Bob Chafey, Cendant Hotel Group senior director of tour markets. “This online tool makes booking group stays fast and easy.”

Chafey said the site likely will be used to book family reunions, retired military groups, amateur sports teams and social groups.

Scott Harness, president and chief executive officer of Group Travel Planet, said his company’s booking sites expedite transactions for both buyers and sellers by providing real-time booking along with the tools to manage a group transaction, “from planning to hotel check-in.”

“We are very pleased that Cendant, the world’s largest hotel franchisor, has elected to partner with Group Travel Planet to tap into the small leisure group market,” said Harness.

With approximately 90,000 employees, New York City-based Cendant Corporation (NYSE:CD) is primarily a provider of travel and residential real estate services to businesses and consumers in more than 100 countries. Cendant’s Hotel Group, based in Parsippany, N.J., is the world’s largest lodging franchisor with 6,396 hotels representing 520,860 rooms on five continents under the Super 8(R), Days Inn(R), Ramada(R), Travelodge(R), Howard Johnson(R), Knights Inn(R), Wingate Inn(R) and AmeriHost Inn(R) brands. Cendant’s franchised hotels sell nearly one out of every five economy and midpriced room-nights in the United States, and Cendant franchises 10.4 percent of the entire U.S. hotel room supply, according to Smith Travel Research and Cendant financial data. All hotels are individually owned and operated under franchise agreements with Cendant subsidiaries.

Group Travel Planet serves 2,700-plus professional tour operators and over 30,000 group leader members. In addition, the company has a membership of more than 11,000 suppliers, including 9,200 hotels throughout North America that provide group inventory and net rates through its extranet.

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