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Hotelmine Now Offers “Direct Connect” Hotels In Paris

Hotel Sophie Germain and Hotel Etoile Trocadero become Hotelmine Hotel Partners

Hotelmine, the world’s largest “direct connect” hotel site, announced today that they have expanded their presence in Europe to include two new hotel partners, Hotel Sophie Germain Paris and Hotel Etoile Torcadero Paris.

“We are very excited to welcome both of these 3 star hotels to Hotelmine and anticipate that they will be well received in the marketplace,” stated Tom Costello, Partner and Co-Founder of Hotelmine.  “Hotel Sophie Germain and Hotel Etoile Torcadero offer great value and are ideally situated on the left bank in Paris with easy access to some of the most world-renowned landmarks such as fashionable Champs Elysees and the Eiffel Tower,” said Costello.

About Hotel Sophie Germain

The Hotel Sophie Germain is a 3 star hotel located in the 14th district of Paris and owes its charm to the sophisticated and classical decor, which vary from room to room, and to the attention paid to comfort facilities. Each of the 33 guest rooms at Hotel Sophie Germain features free WiFi, television, individual minibar, breakfast in room, individual safe box, and telephone.

Hotel Sophie Germain

12 rue Sophie Germain 75014 Paris

Phone +33 (0) 1 43 21 43 75

Fax +33 (0) 1 43 20 82 89


About Hotel Etoile Trocadero

Hotel Etoile Trocadero is a 3 star hotel located in the 16th district of Paris and is within walking distance of the Champs Elysées and the Eiffel Tower.  Each of the 23 guest rooms at Hotel Etoile Trocadero features a private bathroom, hairdryer, individual minibar, and satellite TV.  A continental breakfast is provided every morning and can be served in the guest rooms.

Hotel Etoile Trocadero

21 rue Saint-Didier 75016 Paris

Phone +33 (0) 1 45 53 01 82

Fax +33 (0) 1 45 53 59 56


About Hotelmine

Hotelmine, a Groups International brand, is the “new breed” of hotel sites that delivers customers who are ready to travel directly to your hotel.  When a customer sees something that suits his taste or budget he books direct by calling your hotel or through your hotel’s website booking engine.

Tom Costello is the CEO, Partner & Co-Founder of Groups International, a company that provides marketing, consultative services, and technology solutions to the group and leisure travel markets.  Connect with him on TwitterLinkedIn, and Facebook or contact him by email.

Check The Buzz About Hotelmine

There’s a lot happening since the recent launch of the Hotelmine.com website this past week.  Thanks to all of the hotels that are participating and we look forward to adding more hotels this week.

Tom Costello is the CEO, Partner & Co-Founder of Groups International, a company that provides marketing, consultative services, and technology solutions to the group and leisure travel markets.  Connect with him on TwitterLinkedIn, and Facebook or contact him by email.

Hotelmine Goes Live

Hotelmine has announced that it has officially moved into the soft launch stage at www.hotelmine.com.

Hotels can Click Here to register their hotel or to learn more about how Hotelmine works by clicking Here.

See where the worlds largest “Direct Connect” online leisure travel site can take you!

Groups International Set To Soft Launch Travel Startup Hotelmine.com™ February 14, 2011

Hotelmine lowers a hotel’s distribution and conversion costs and provides greater transparency and choice for the consumer

Wednesday, January 26, 2011 – HOUSTON, TX—Groups International has announced that on February 14, 2011 it will soft launch Hotelmine.com, a new leisure travel site that serves as a “direct connect” between hotels and consumers who are ready to travel. 

“Hotels have been successful in offering consumers the ability to purchase guest rooms, special promotions, and packages through their websites,” said Chris Wenz, Partner and Co-Founder of Groups International, “but don’t have the same latitude with indirect distribution channels like an online travel agency (OTA) or the Global Distribution Systems (GDS).” What makes Hotelmine different is that it is designed to facilitate the same product offerings and the consumer books direct with the hotel through the hotel’s booking channels.

“We’ve gathered input from hundreds of hoteliers over the past two years and based upon their feedback we created a platform that allows hotels to market and sell products the way they want to sell them in a transparent environment where consumers can make an informed decision about which hotel best suites their budget or tastes,” said Wenz.  “This is a win-win for both hotels and consumers.”

Pre-registration is currently underway and hotels who would like to participate in the program can forward their contact information to info@hotelmine.com in order to receive registration instructions.

About Groups International

Based in Houston, Texas, Groups International provides services and technology solutions to the group and leisure travel markets and is the parent company to iGroupManagement™, iGroupHotels™, iGroupMeetings™, iGroupAdvisor™, iGroupPlanner™, and Hotelmine™.

If you would like additional information regarding Groups International and Hotelmine or you would like to schedule an interview with Chris Wenz, please contact him at the following email address:


Chris Wenz

COO, Partner & Co-Founder

Groups International


New PhoCusWright survey finds mobile and social networks gaining traction with travelers

In two new reports, PhoCusWright explores how these sweeping trends—mobile and social networks—are changing how consumers shop for, purchase and share their travel experiences. Based on a comprehensive survey of online travelers, PhoCusWright’s Traveler Technology Survey 2010Mobile and PhoCusWright’s Traveler Technology Survey 2010: Social Networks each provide unique insight into an extremely influential technology that is impacting traveler behavior and attitudes.

PhoCusWright’s Traveler Technology Survey 2010: Mobile reveals some significant trends in device ownership, and explores the types of activities that travelers perform (and plan to perform) on mobile devices. Among the report highlights:

Keeping in touch
Among online travelers who carry smartphones, more carry touchscreen devices than non-touchscreen devices. However, only a third of those touchscreen smartphones are iPhones, suggesting that some travel companies should broaden their mobile strategy.

See what is on tap
The growth trajectory for those who intend to purchase travel products via their mobile device is extremely strong, and is projected to nearly double in 2011.

PhoCusWright’s Traveler Technology Survey 2010: Social Networks looks at how consumers use online social networks. In particular, the report focuses on travel-related communications and activities on social networks, and how this activity impacts the travel planning and sharing processes. Research highlights include:

Posting is the new postcard
While posting about general subjects is far more common than travel-related posts, nearly four in 10 social media users have posted something about travel, underscoring the importance of having a coherent social media strategy.

“Fans” or not, travelers connect with companies online
Relatively few social network users are “fans” of travel companies online; however, more than one third of online travelers have interacted with a travel company through an online social network via a computer.