GroupLeader.com is now live and ready for group bookings!
GroupLeader.com is delighted to announce that it is now live and ready to start sending group bookings to hotels in Ireland. The travel start-up’s launch will be complemented by an innovative digital marketing and affiliate campaign driving group organisers looking to plan trips to Ireland. Irish hoteliers should expect to receive requests from group organisers in the coming weeks as GroupLeader.com has already received a number of enquiries about booking group accommodation ranging from golfing and cycling trips to sport teams and special interest groups.
The GroupLeader.com team recently exhibited at ITB Berlin at the Tourism Ireland stand and at the Irish Hotel Federation Conference (Showtel) at the Knightsbrook Hotel in Meath. Both events were a great success for the start-up and many new partnership agreements were contracted.
GroupLeader.com is a new Irish travel technology company based in the Digital Docklands area of Dublin. The company was co-founded by Bob Haugh (founder of Travel Department and ClickandGo.com) and Fergal O’Brien. The company’s mission is to make organising group travel really easy! It has developed a revolutionary new website which delivers a ‘one-stop-shop’ for group travel organisers to book the best hotels, ground transport providers, tour guides, visitor attractions and much more. Groups of ten or more are currently underserved online as most online travel brands focus on servicing the easier to manage independent traveller market.
There are many benefits for hotels to sign-up to GroupLeader.com:
- Provides a new channel to receive qualified group travel requests.
- No rates need to be published in advance or allocations required - partners bid only on the requests received, so the customer is the only person who’ll see the rates quoted.
- Only charges 5% commission on confirmed bookings in 2014
- No cost to sign-up and no commitment
GroupLeader.com has already signed up hundreds of hotels and brands in the UK & Ireland allowing group organisers to receive quotes from a selection of preferred partners at each destination. Brands such as Radisson, Marriott, Ibis, Ramada, The Doyle Collection, Holiday Inn, Bewley's and Jurys Inn are already on board together with independent hotels and resorts such as Hayfield Manor, The Merchant Hotel, Parknasilla Resort & Spa, The Europe Hotel & Resort, Fota Island Resort, Carton House, Brooklodge Hotel and Castleknock Hotel & Country Club to name a few.
How GroupLeader.com works
The GroupLeader.com site offers the following features and benefits for groups:
Plan and book group trips easily
GroupLeader.com provides a mobile responsive platform to find and book hotels, ground transport, tour guides, visitor attractions and much more. No more trawling the Web for days trying to contact the right people. GroupLeader.com puts the group organiser directly in touch with the best hotels and travel providers for groups.
GroupLeader.com’s partners will offer the best available rates for each group every time. As the group organiser is dealing directly with the supplier on the GroupLeader.com platform, they can be assured of receiving a competitive quote specific to their exact requirements.
Collect and split payments easily
GroupLeader.com facilitates the simple division of payments, meaning no messy spreadsheets are required to work out who owes what and no more chasing money owed by group members. Group members can pay via debit, credit card and PayPal to pay off their portion of the group’s balance.
Collaborate with group members
The GroupLeader.com dashboard allows members to easily correspond with the group and each other. Members can view partner shortlists; and manage bookings, payments and online documents such as rooming lists, all in one place - removing the difficulty of organising and managing group members, and making group decisions more transparent.
The process is simple:
- A group organiser planning a football team or corporate trip sets up a profile on GroupLeader.com and send a request to all shortlisted partners meeting their requirement (e.g. a selection of hotels).
- The hotels then quickly send back proposals
- The group organiser invites group-members to compare the quotes.
- The group chooses a hotel and each member pays their share into GroupLeader.com which subsequently pays the hotel.
The site will be multi-currency and multi-lingual and will be promoted globally. Further roll-out will include partners such as ground transport providers and tour guides by mid-2014. New destination territories including mainland Europe and the USA will go live later in 2014 and 2015.