CHICAGO–(BUSINESS WIRE)–July 18, 2006—GetThere(R), the world’s
leading online corporate travel reservation technology, announced an
agreement with HelmsBriscoe to offer meeting site selection and RFP
services to corporations using the GetThere booking engine.
HelmsBriscoe provides site selection services to more than 8,000
corporate, association and government clients that plan off-site
meetings and conferences. GetThere’s booking engine, used by 62
percent of the Fortune 200, accounted for $6.3 billion in corporate
travel in 2005.
The companies announced their service integration at the National
Business Travel Association convention in Chicago. NBTA attendees can
explore the cost-saving efficiencies HelmsBriscoe brings to meeting
planning at GetThere’s booth (number 1644). HelmsBriscoe’s services
are free for GetThere DirectMeetings users.
HelmsBriscoe has more than 750 associates in 31 countries, each
with established relationships in their local hotel community.
Corporate travel managers and planners access these services simply by
creating a meeting in GetThere’s DirectMeetings module. HelmsBriscoe
takes it from there, sending RFPs to candidate hotels and preparing
easy-to-read grids with information gleaned from RFP responses. Once
the corporation selects a property, HelmsBriscoe assists with contract
execution and follow-up, saving planners significant time by handling
the numerous administrative tasks associated with events both large
and small. An acknowledged industry leader, HelmsBriscoe is on pace to
handle more than 20,000 programs this year.
“GetThere relentlessly promotes the fact that there are tremendous
corporate travel dollars to be saved via more efficient meeting
planning, and we’re pleased to be part of that message,” said Greg
Malark, executive vice president of HelmsBriscoe. “In today’s global
economy, multi-national firms embracing online booking with GetThere
represent a perfect match for us as we expand our reach in Asia,
Europe and Latin America.”
“The number of GetThere clients actively implementing meeting
management automation and policy grows on a monthly basis,” said
Beverly Heinritz, general manager of GetThere. “HelmsBriscoe’s
services are truly complementary. They give travel managers the
benefit of local event expertise, along with the leverage that
responding hotels must be competitive in rates and service to continue
gaining referrals from the HelmsBriscoe associate. It’s like having an
extended staff member working at any meeting location.”
Online meeting registrations via GetThere technology grew by 63
percent in 2005.
GetThere is the leading global online corporate reservation
technology, surpassing $6.3 billion in gross travel bookings in 2005.
An established innovator in the global travel arena, GetThere enables
global corporations and government agencies to provide a convenient
way for employees to book travel and plan meetings online while
significantly reducing costs. GetThere’s advanced technology works
with all major global distribution systems (GDS) and all travel
management companies. More than 3,000 corporations, including a
majority of Fortune 200 companies that have online booking sites, use
GetThere. More information is available at www.getthere.com.
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commerce, retailing travel products and providing distribution and
technology solutions for the travel industry. More information about
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HelmsBriscoe provides site selection services to corporate,
association and government clients that plan off-site meetings and
conferences. HelmsBriscoe associates research hotels and other meeting
venues that match their clients’ criteria, negotiate rates and
concessions, and facilitate the contracting process. Founded in 1992,
HelmsBriscoe today serves 8,000 clients with more than 750 associates
in 31 countries. HelmsBriscoe combines a highly experienced global
distribution with innovative technology to provide clients with the
best site selection service in the meeting industry.
HelmsBriscoe’s services feature unique proprietary tools, such as
InSite, its “experience database” of 36,000 hotels; and rate histories
from Express, its proprietary electronic RFP tool. For more
information, visit www.HelmsBriscoe.com.
CONTACT: VOLLMER Mary Kate Smither, 972-488-4790 firstname.lastname@example.org or GetThere Michael Brophy, 214-356-4326 email@example.com or Helms Briscoe Kristy McCloud, 480-718-1124 firstname.lastname@example.org SOURCE: GetThere