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CoachQuote.com® and VERSYSS Announce Strategic Partnership
Company's Plan to Integrate Technologies to Create the First Complete Suite of Group Tour
Business Management Tools
PIGEON FORGE, TN and PROVIDENCE, RI July 22, 2004 /Send2Press Newswire/ --
CoachQuote.com, the travel industry's leading online group-booking engine for over four
years, announced today a strategic partnership with VERSYSS, a leading developer of
transportation and tour management software based in Providence, RI.
which is being hailed as the first of its kind for the tour and travel industry, will
provide motor coach operators and tour operators with the power of CoachQuote.com's online
group-booking engine connected directly to VERSYSS desktop software through a seamless
integration between both companies systems.
"This is a very exciting endeavor for both our companies; one that has been in the works
for quite some time," said Scott Harness, president and CEO, CoachQuote.com. He said
soon, by using VERSYSS software, motor coach operators will be able to receive and submit
motor coach charter quotes instantly, thus reducing the turn-around time generally
associated with generating price quotes and helping to increase their typical booking
conversion rates significantly.
Likewise, he said, tour operators using VERSYSS tour
planning software will have the "power of planning, booking and managing their group
tours, saving them valuable time and money."
"In this day and age, speed and convenience are really everything, especially when it
comes to the people using the Internet for things like planning their travel," said Angela
Brady, director of corporate relations, CoachQuote.com. "This partnership really
accomplishes that for both our members and for VERSYSS' customers -- a real win-win for
"We are very excited about the opportunity to work with CoachQuote.com and to bring
further benefit to our customers," said Sheryl Miller, executive vice president of
VERSYSS. "Both of our companies are truly dedicated to giving our customers tangible
results through better automated solutions and we look forward to launching the new
Once integration is complete and deployed, VERSYSS motor coach and tour operator customers
will have a unique advantage to their industry counterparts. Motor coach operators, for
example, will now be able to respond quicker, even instantly if they wish, to the dozens
of charter quote requests that currently come through CoachQuote.com daily, saving them a
tremendous amount of time that it typically takes to generate a price quote.
operators will also have a unique advantage by being able to create tours quicker and
often cheaper than through traditional methods from finding, researching and booking
their group hotel rooms to their attraction and theatre tickets.
VERSYSS is a privately held logistics software company with business management
applications installed at over 5,000 client sites throughout North America. The goal of
VERSYSS is to deliver innovative technology solutions that empower the business community
with the information to support financial, administrative and management decisions. We are
dedicated to serving our customers within an environment that harnesses creativity,
cooperation and innovation while maintaining our commitment to provide the highest quality
products and service.
CoachQuote.com®, which recently became a subsidiary of Group Travel Planet, is celebrating
its fourth year in business. Since its start, it has grown its membership base steadily
and today it has over 11,000 supplier members, 9,200-plus of which are hotels located
throughout North America hotels that use its extranet system to allocate group inventory
and assign net group rates. In addition, the company has maintained an exclusive
partnership with the American Bus Association for online bus chartering. At the end of
2003, the company realized gross sales of over $38 million with $19.1 coming from bus
chartering and $12.2 coming from online hotel bookings.
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