WEST PALM BEACH, Fla.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--HotelPlanner, a leading travel technology platform powered by proprietary artificial intelligence, today shares the following milestones the company achieved in 2021.
“As we close out the year, I want to thank our customers, trusted partners, hotel suppliers and our colleagues and friends around the world for making 2021 a year of great achievements,” said HotelPlanner Co-founder and CEO Tim Hentschel. “As the world and the hospitality industry continue to grapple with the pandemic, I want to express my gratitude and admiration for all the hard work put in by our HotelPlanner family every day, and for the new friends and partners with whom we’ve cultivated meaningful relationships over the past year. We cannot wait to bring the energy and commitment of the past year with us as we forge ahead into 2022 and beyond.”
“In today’s competitive environment, it’s critically important that technology companies offer consumers what they want and have come to demand: high-tech automation with high-touch personalization and customization,” said John Prince, HotelPlanner Co-Founder & CIO. “In 2021, I’m proud that we continued to grow our AI-enabled, gig-economy based customer service and reservations platform and we also launched an Alexa booking feature, so now booking a hotel stay is as easy as saying ‘Alexa – connect me with HotelPlanner.’”
“HotelPlanner had a year of impressive achievements and milestones. We built a lot of positive momentum with new sports deals, new hotel partnerships, and new innovations such as our gig-economy based call center and reservations platform. We’re pleased to highlight some of our key accomplishments,” said Bruce Rosenberg, HotelPlanner President of the Americas.
HotelPlanner Partners with Tennis Legend John Isner for ‘Race to the World Record’ Campaign
In February, HotelPlanner teamed up with tennis star John Isner for a campaign that rewarded fans with free hotel credits throughout Isner’s race to break the record for most tennis aces ever served. The campaign rewarded fans with a $100 free hotel voucher for each ace Isner served during the 2021 season, and a $10,000 voucher to one lucky fan upon Isner’s record-breaking 13,688th serve. In all, HotelPlanner pledged up to $110,000 in free hotel room vouchers for fans throughout the campaign.
HotelPlanner Signs Multi-Year Partnership with NJ Devils, Philadelphia 76ers Parent Company Harris Blitzer Sports and Entertainment
On March 2, HotelPlanner announced a new multi-year partnership with Harris Blitzer Sports and Entertainment (HBSE), the parent company of the New Jersey Devils NHL team, the Philadelphia 76ers NBA team, and the Newark, NJ sports and entertainment venue the Prudential Center.
HotelPlanner Signs Multi-Year Partnership with USA Pickleball to Provide Accommodations and Automated Booking Services
On March 4, HotelPlanner announced it had signed a multi-year agreement with USA Pickleball, the national governing body for the sport of pickleball in the U.S., to provide accommodations and booking services for official USA Pickleball events. The partnership provides the group’s members, staff, tournament directors, volunteers, and athletes a simplified process for booking hotel stays and competitive rates at the top hotels in the country. According to the Sports Fitness Industry Association, pickleball continues to be one of the fastest growing sports, as participation grew 21% in 2020 to an estimated 4.2 million total pickleball participants throughout the United States.
HotelPlanner Becomes Official Hotel Reservation Partner of United Soccer League in Multi-Year Partnership
Also in March, HotelPlanner announced a multi-year partnership with the United Soccer League (USL), making HotelPlanner the official online hotel reservation partner of the USL. The partnership will offer the 82 clubs in USL League Two, the 50+ clubs set to compete this year in the USL Academy League, and the 80+ clubs and more than 12,000 players that compete annually in the Super Y League a streamlined process for travel arrangements as they compete throughout their respective seasons.
HotelPlanner Announces Partnership with USA Boxing
In May, HotelPlanner became the official hotel reservations provider for USA Boxing, including for the group’s 2021 USA Boxing National Junior Olympics and Summer Festival, as well as for all USA Boxing events in 2021 and into 2022. The partnership will provide the best hotel deals for USA Boxing’s more than 40,000 athletes, coaches, officials, staff, and fans.
HotelPlanner Sponsors NYC Pride Month
HotelPlanner announced in May that it would provide discounted hotel bookings for the entire month of June in honor of Pride Month. The discounts applied to all travel associated with Pride Month celebrations, parades, parties, and events.
World Boxing Organization Cruiserweight Champion Lawrence Okolie Becomes HotelPlanner’s Second Sports Brand Ambassador of 2021
In June, HotelPlanner announced that it partnered with WBO Cruiserweight Champion Lawrence Okolie for the “Road to Unification” partnership and campaign, making Okolie the company’s second sports brand ambassador of 2021. The campaign rewarded fans with free hotel credits through Okolie’s journey to unify all the Cruiserweight World Championship belts.
HotelPlanner Announces Exclusive Partnership with NewAge, Inc.
HotelPlanner signed an exclusive agreement with NewAge, Inc. in June to become the exclusive hotel reservations provider for all NewAge Brand Partners and corporate staff. NewAge is a Colorado-based organic and health products company specializing in health & wellness products, healthy appearance, and nutritional performance marketed primarily through a direct route-to-market system.
HotelPlanner Announces Exclusive Partnership with Prestigious Singapore Swimming Club
In late June, HotelPlanner signed an exclusive partnership agreement with the Singapore Swimming Club, the country’s largest, non-golfing members-only recreational club with world-class facilities. The partnership gives Club members access member-exclusive group hotel booking rates around the world.
HotelPlanner Announced As Supplier to Ladies European Tour
HotelPlanner partnered with the Ladies European Tour (LET) to provide online hotel booking services for the 2021 season. “We strongly support LET’s mission to inspire women and girls to pursue their passion and realize their potential both on and off the links,” HotelPlanner President of North America Bruce Rosenberg said.
HotelPlanner Partners with Professional Fighters League for Premium MMA Experiences
HotelPlanner signed a multi-year partnership with the Professional Fighters League (PFL) in July, becoming the Official Hotel Booking Partner of the world’s No. 2 mixed martial arts league.
In August 2021, HotelPlanner announced that it had entered into an agreement providing for a three-way merger with Astrea Acquisition Corp. (NASDAQ: ASAXU), a special purpose acquisition company, and Reservations.com. The merger contemplates HotelPlanner becoming a publicly listed company on NASDAQ under the ticker symbol “HOTP.” Completion of the merger is subject to approval by the stockholders of Astrea and other conditions.
HotelPlanner, with its family of brands, including HotelPlanner.com, Meetings.com, and following the transaction, Reservations.com, will offer individual, group, and corporate booking access to more than 1 million global properties, enabled by a proprietary, cloud-based, artificial intelligence technology platform, and a 24/7 global gig-based reservations platform.
The transaction is expected to enable HotelPlanner to transform into a diversified hotel and event booking platform with complementary revenue streams, and to provide the combined company opportunities to realize multiple operating synergies to drive growth at scale
In September, HotelPlanner announced the grand return of its signature black-tie charity gala, the American Group Travel Awards, held in Miami in early December to benefit St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
HotelPlanner Announces Service Provider Partnership with Extended Stay America Hotels
HotelPlanner announced in October a service provider partnership with Extended Stay America Hotels, the nation’s leading mid-priced extended stay hotel brand. The partnership is well-timed with the rise in digital nomad employees who wish to ‘work from anywhere,’ and who frequently stay in extended stay hotels.
HotelPlanner Launches Industry-First Alexa-Enabled Booking Feature
Also in October, HotelPlanner launched its new Alexa-enabled booking feature that immediately connects customers to a global gig-based “Hotel Planner” agent to book a discounted hotel stay - anywhere in the world - at any time. Once a customer tells Alexa the travel details, the service immediately connects the customer to a live Hotel Planner as a priority call, which bypasses the call queue. The Hotel Planner can then typically offer a discounted rate before completing the booking. The new feature is completely free of charge.
HotelPlanner Announces Provider Partnerships with NBA’s Orlando Magic, G League
HotelPlanner in November announced a multi-year service provider partnership with the NBA’s Orlando Magic, becoming the preferred hotel reservations provider for the entire Magic organization, including its players, executives, scouts and fans. The deal followed closely after HotelPlanner’s similar multi-year partnership with the NBA’s G League.
In December, HotelPlanner hosted its 7th Annual American Group Travel Awards to benefit St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. The black-tie charity gala drew a record number of sponsors and had record attendance. Most importantly, HotelPlanner raised a record amount for St Jude’s. Eight category awards were presented to hotel partners and the World Hospitality Award was presented to tennis star John Isner.
HotelPlanner is a leading travel technology company that combines proprietary artificial intelligence capabilities with a 24/7 global gig-based reservations and customer service network. HotelPlanner travel agents can customize all traveler hotel & accommodation needs from a single platform while providing localized advice. HotelPlanner is one of the leading providers of individual, group and corporate travel bookings, specializing in unique “Closed User Group” discounted rates offered in unpublished private sale environments. Founded in 2004, HotelPlanner has enduring partnerships with many of the world’s largest OTAs, well-known hotel chains, individual hotels, online wedding providers, ancillary lodging providers, corporations, professional and amateur sports teams and franchises, universities and government agencies.
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Reservations.com is an award-winning online travel company on a mission to bring the human-touch back to travel. Founded in 2014 with a focus on helping consumers create memorable travel experiences, Reservations.com has experienced rapid growth. Reservations.com's user-friendly website offers unparalleled visibility into hotels, including: descriptions, pricing information, and reviews of nearly 500,000 properties globally. The company is on a journey to enable customers to not only reserve hotels, but to create memories.
For more information, please visit www.reservations.com
About Astrea Acquisition Corp.
Astrea Acquisition Corp. (NASDAQ: ASAXU) is a blank check company organized for the purpose of effecting a merger, capital stock exchange, asset acquisition or other similar business combination with one or more businesses or entities.
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The three-way merger transaction between HotelPlanner, Reservations.com and Astrea Acquisition Corp. referred to in this press release, as well as detailed financial and business information concerning HotelPlanner and Reservations.com and other information related thereto, will be contained in proxy materials filed with the SEC by Astrea Acquisition Corp., and definitive proxy materials will be sent to all Astrea shareholders as of a date to be determined. Before making any voting decision regarding such transaction, Astrea’s stockholders are urged to carefully review the proxy materials and all other relevant documents filed with the SEC in connection with the proposed transaction as they become available.
Investors and security holders will be able to obtain free copies of the proxy materials and all other relevant documents filed or that will be filed by the SEC by Astrea through the website maintained by the SEC at www.sec.gov. Copies of the proxy materials can also be obtained, when available, without charge, from HotelPlanner’s website at https://www.hotelplanner.com/investors and https://www.astreaacquisitioncorp.com/.
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The foregoing list of factors is not exhaustive. You should carefully consider the foregoing factors and the other risks and uncertainties described in the “Risk Factors” section of the proxy materials discussed above, and other documents filed by Astrea from time to time with the SEC. These filings identify and address other important risks and uncertainties that could cause actual events and results to differ materially from those contained in the forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements speak only as of the date they are made. Readers are cautioned not to put undue reliance on forward-looking statements, and HotelPlanner, Reservations.com, and Astrea assume no obligation and do not intend to update or revise these forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except as may be required by applicable law. None of HotelPlanner, Reservations.com, or Astrea gives any assurance that HotelPlanner, Reservations.com, or Astrea, or the combined company, will achieve its expectations.