Group Travel Planet Names Summer’s Top Group Vacation Destinations With Special Hotel Rates

PIGEON FORGE, Tenn., June 15 /PRNewswire/ — The summer has arrived and Group Travel Planet, LLC, the pioneer of online group travel booking, today announced the season’s top group travel destinations across the country. Whether travelers are looking for a family-friendly destination, planning a church or school retreat or looking for a beach-filled girl’s getaway, the best group hotel rates are available at .

“Travelers often overpay or stress when it comes to planning a group vacation that requires multiple hotel rooms, which is why Group Travel Planet made it as easy to book 20 hotel rooms as it is to book just one,” said Scott Harness, president and CEO of Group Travel Planet. “ offers the web’s easiest group reservation process and more than 10,000 hotels at top destinations across the country so it’s simple for travelers to find the best place based on their needs and interests.” recommends the following “group friendly” hotels at these top four vacation spots for the perfect summer getaway:

Orlando/ Kissimmee, FL:

Orlando is the ultimate playground for summer fun with plenty of theme park adventure for everyone. The following hotels offer amazing group rates and exceptional amenities for different group needs:

— Ramada Inn Resort Maingate is a designated “Disney Good Neighbor”
hotel and offers group rates for as low as $35/night.
— Howard Johnson Enchanted Land Resort in Kissimmee is full of
activities for the family and offers group rates for as low as
— Wyndham Palace and Spa Resort is the perfect place for a group of
girlfriends looking to relax by the pool or at the spa. Group rates
this summer start at $69/night.

Chicago, IL:

Those looking for an urban retreat this summer want to experience the beautiful lakeside city of Chicago, and its world-class shopping, restaurants, theatre and special summer events. Groups will enjoy the best rates from the following recommended properties:

— Congress Plaza Hotel is a historic hotel located on Chicago’s landmark
Michigan Avenue, just steps from the city’s best shopping and
beautiful lakefront. Group rates start at $95/night.
— Holiday Inn Chicago Mart Plaza is located in Chicago’s trendy River
North area near countless restaurants and shops. Group rates for the
summer are as low as $95/night.

Myrtle Beach, SC:

This desirable beach destination is a great place for groups of families, friends or anyone looking for some sun and fun this summer. Recommended hotels include the following:

— The Springmaid Beach Resort is situated on a beautiful stretch of
beach and offers more than 500 rooms with ocean views. Group rates
start as low as $75/night.
— The Microtel Inn & Suites is a full amenity hotel in Myrtle Beach with
group rates that start at $69/night.

Gatlinburg/ Pigeon Forge, TN:

This popular mountain retreat and home to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park attracts more than 11 million visitors annually. In addition, high fuel costs make this outdoor paradise an ideal short-drive vacation option for travelers from the East Coast. Some of the best prices for group trips can be found at the following hotels:

— The Holiday Inn Hotel of the Smokies is located in the middle of all
the area’s key attractions and offers group rates for as low as
— The award-winning Comfort Inn in Sevierville, TN is a perfect place
for youth groups and offers special group rates that start at

About Group Travel Planet

Group Travel Planet, operated as, LLC from March 2000 to September 2004, is the first company to fully-automate online group booking. Started by industry professionals with extensive knowledge of the group travel industry, Group Travel Planet has led the way in developing and providing leisure group travelers (School Groups, Sports Teams, Family Reunions, Church Groups, and more) with an easier way to plan, book and manage all aspects of their group trips online. The company, which launched a strategic partnership with in May 2005, has one of the largest online networks of supplier partners, including over 10,000 “group-friendly” hotels. In addition, groups can also charter buses, research and book group cruises, purchase tickets for their entire group, and more online. For more information, visit or call (866) MY PLANET.

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