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“We are thrilled to provide an industry leading fully adaptable platform that provides true value for small to large travel agencies/CTD’s,” Christopher J. Dane, President, Hickory Global Partners

HICKORY GLOBAL PARTNERS (“HICKORY”; http://www.HickoryTravel.com), a travel management services company providing innovative service, distribution and technologies to its network of travel agency and supplier partners, announced today the launch of their branded online hotel, group and meeting booking solution. For the very first time, this innovative platform integrates individual transient bookings featuring HICKORY’s Global Hotel Program rate content and meeting and group capabilities. The online tool features third party wholesale rates and ‘real-time’ group rates supported by automated RFP functionality. This allows users to customize their meeting, group and sleeping room requirements from a menu of supplier content including food/beverage and audio video requirements.

HICKORY was the first travel agency/CTD membership organization to adopt Meetings.com which is a stand-alone product. Today’s announcement is the next step in the evolution of the partnership that fully incorporates and integrates both individual, group and meeting bookings into one seamless and easy-to-use platform. Hickory Global Partners is once again delivering a new product that offers convenience for agencies/CTD’s while remaining the thought-leader in the industry.

“After extensive research studying our agency membership and analyzing booking platforms throughout the travel space, we are thrilled to deliver a booking tool that meets the needs of agencies/CTD’s and the increasing demands of their global travelers,” said Chris Dane, President of Hickory Global Partners. “To offer agencies/CTD’s the convenience of using one platform to book all of their hotel needs, have access to over 770,000 hotel properties world-wide and receive up to 20% commission on all bookings, saves them time but also increases their profits,” continued Dane.

Booking Tool Features

The new booking tool is a one-stop shop for all of their hotel needs in one easy-to-use tool. The platform incorporates numerous features to effortlessly search, book, modify and cancel hotels reservations. Other features include:


  •     First integrated automated group/ meeting online booking tool
  •     HICKORY’s Global Hotel Program featuring the ‘HFH & EZR’ rate codes
  •     Access to over 770,000 commissionable hotel properties world-wide
  •     Inclusion of third party wholesale pre-paid rates from over twenty preferred aggregators
  •     Expedia, Priceline, All OTA’s, Bed Banks & GDS Rates and more
  •     Automatic bids from the hotels you choose whether it is 1 room or 500 rooms
  •     Easily contact hotel sales departments from the property you wish via the online tool
  •     Integrated reporting in one convenient dashboard that can be customized to show both agent-level individual bookings and ownership level views
  •     And more

“We are thrilled to provide an industry leading fully adaptable platform that provides true value for small to large travel agencies/CTD’s,” Dane said.

HICKORY Hotel Online Booking Tool Benefits

Users are now able to sign up for this complimentary booking tool to start earning commissions of up to 20% today on all properties. The same special value-added benefits of HICKORY’s Worldwide Hotel Program members currently have access to that include discounts off Best Available Rate, free breakfast and complimentary wireless internet are available in the booking tool.

“We’re thrilled to provide Hickory Global Partners with a customized individual and group booking solution that will help further streamline travel services for agencies/CTD’s. With our robust technology and client-focused team, travel agents will now have a one-stop solution for all of their booking needs,” said John Prince, Chief Information Officer of Lexyl Travel Technologies.

To gain access and to register free of charge go to http://www.hickorytravel.com/ and click the ‘Hotel Online Booking Tool’ link on the main navigation tab.

About HICKORY – Hickory Global Partners, an INTRAVEL Company

HICKORY’s unique approach focuses on return on investment for agency and supplier partners alike, guaranteeing them a positive ROI. Its visionary hotel incentive program, a robust and one-of-a-kind air program, a car rental program, and 24/7 support products make HICKORY an important strategic partner to travel agencies. Proprietary, innovative tools designed to share data with agency partners enable agencies to make better, faster decisions – thus driving more revenue. Supplier partners benefit from measurable results and extensive distribution and marketing opportunities across the HICKORY global network, while Hotel partners gain access to a reporting platform that illustrates booking trends across the HICKORY agency network. For more information, please visit

http://www.HickoryTravel.com.

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