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The world’s biggest office furnisher to book hotels via the new hotel.de corporate ccess.

Nürnberg, December-1-2003 – Since April 2003 hotel.de has successfully been offering its corporate clients special hotel key-account rates within its best-buy-functionality. Now the free-of-charge online hotel reservation service succeeded to convince another renown customer: With immediate effect the Steelcase Group (headquartered in USA, with annual sales of more than 3.2 billion US$ the world’s largest office furnisher) starts to book its hotel lodgings via hotel.de. Its German daughter company Steelcase Werndl AG is to kick off this co-operation.

Since 1999, Werndl has been part of the Steelcase-family (Werndl's name changed to Steelcase-Werndl Corp. at the end of 2001). Now local and international power, all the resources of the worldwide Steelcase organization and a huge know how are all working together to create revolutions@work. Two large brands now stand jointly for this philosophy and offer effective solutions for the 21st century workplace.

Besides Steelcase Werndl another 300 large enterprises and institutions make use of the new and free-of-charge corporate accounts service of hotel.de. Next to booking public promotional rates, via a special gateway the corporate client can access so-called corporate net rates which have individually been agreed upon between the corporation and the hotel as well as book general corporate promotional rates negotiated by hotel.de (so-called consortia rates). Thus the hotel.de customer can always choose the lowest rate available. Delivery either works by integrating hotel.de into corporate intranets or by providing a password-protected internet access to the hotel.de key account area, e.g. by the address www.hotel.de/steelcase-werndl.

Christopher Hoeckel, Purchasing Manager at Steelcase Werndl: “By directly integrating the hotel.de corporate accounts service into our intranet we can book hotels at lowest corporate rates thus accomplishing considerable cost savings.”

Harald Strigl, Senior Account Manager of hotel.de AG appreciates having acquired Steelcase: “With Steelcase we managed to convince the worlds’ largest office furnisher to become booking customer of hotel.de. This is a great success and challenge at the same time as now we have to succeed in introducing hotel.de within the entire Steelcase Group with its more than 16.000 employees.”



---------------------------------hotel.de is a leading, internet-based hotel reservation service. Via hotel.de customers can book or enquire about 120.000 hotels worldwide as well as book hotel package offers very easily and quickly at discount room rates. Hotels benefit from hotel.de as an additional sales channel distributing their offers and specials to the right target group and with high coverage.

hotel.de is the only hotel reservation service integrating all major central hotel booking engines (such as Pegasus, Worldres, Trust, HRN) as well as its own reservation system ARS (Advanced Reservation System) under one user interface. For hotel.de customers, the specific advantage of this integration is that all room contingents and rates of the above-mentioned systems will be checked upon availability. The best rate of an individual hotel will be displayed, thus putting the hotel.de customer into a position to book the lowest rate available in nearly all locations and at any time. The numerous hotel package offers designed especially for hotel.de customers are also of unique character.

hotel.de is operated by the German company hotel.de AG and has offices in both Hamm and Nuremberg. Between April 1998 and October 2001, hotel.de was a joint venture between Atrada Trading Network AG and the hotel marketeer Intergerma GmbH & Co. Established as an independent company in 2001, hotel.de has been extending its online content very successfully eversince and is today a leading hotel reservation service.
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