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Conferma's settlement technology now available to meetings and event organisers

Conferma, the expert in travel and expense reconciliation and settlement technology, has announced that ABC Connection, the online publisher of data and rich content for the hospitality community, is to integrate Event Trustee, Confermas credit-based automated invoice settlement tool, into its Request for Meetings (RfM) solution. ABCs RfM systems enable Travel Management Companies and Hotel Booking Agents to obtain fast, complete responses to meetings requests together with high quality information and images for client proposals. ABC is beta testing Event Trustee with a large travel management company and anticipates it will go live next month. Designed to better streamline costs associated with meetings and event management, Event Trustee uses a virtual card to automatically pay venues pre-agreed event costs at pre-scheduled times. It also automatically reconciles each item using the same unique virtual card number when it is booked, billed or paid for. As a result hotels and venues get paid on time reducing their exposure to financial risk and improving their cash flow. Event organisers also benefit from greater budgetary control and less time spent chasing and processing invoices. Martin Coleman, chairman and publisher of ABC said:We are delighted to offer meeting bookers direct access to Confermas Event Trustee. In doing so they will be offering hotels improved payment terms which will increase their ability to secure better deals for their clients.Simon Barker, CEO, Conferma, said:With Event Trustee invoices get paid on time, every time and payment is instant. It reduces exposure to risk for both the hotel and event organiser as payment is made directly with the credit card company.Confermas card-based payment system offers the highest level of encryption and security and is fully compliant with the Payment Card Industrys most robust data security standards. ENDS For further information, please contact: Sally BrownBrown PRsally@brownpr.co.uk+ 44 (0) 208 871 0536+ 44 (0) 7917 091782 About Conferma Conferma is an expert in travel and expense booking and settlement technology. The booking, payment and reconciliation technology which Conferma delivers enables process improvement, innovation and secure payment management, all of which drive cost savings and efficiency. Conferma first launched its settlement platform in 2004 and is privately owned. It is independent and guards its neutrality by a policy of being willing to work with all GDS', direct content suppliers, travel management companies, and card providers.



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The Turner Agency partners with ABC Connection

Event management company The Turner Agency has joined ABC Connections network of channel partners, giving it 24-hour access to detailed descriptions and high quality images of thousands of venues and hotels, all searchable by name, location or capacity. ABC Connections database includes the widest range of options for conferences, meetings and events, ranging from grand sporting venues and specialist sites to city centre hotels and intimate local properties. www. ABC Connection.venue-guides.net www. ABC Connection.hotel-guides.net



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Leeds University and the University of Exeter sign up with ABC Connection

Two leading education establishments, Leeds University and the University of Exeter, have signed with online publisher ABC Connection and are using the organisations technology to promote their facilities to meetings, conference and event organisers. ABC Connection publishes and distributes descriptive content, data and images to a large and expanding network of channel partners, providing them with a reliable source of high quality information on thousands of venues and hotels. www. ABC Connection.venue-guides.net www. ABC Connection.hotel-guides.net



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ABC Connection facilitates HBAA initiative to help kick start empty inventories

It's not just distressed travellers across the globe who are feeling the effects of Icelands volcanic fallout. Hotels and venues have been seeing the impact with events scaled back, postponed and cancelled. As a consequence, hotel booking agencies are increasingly being asked to seek local alternative venues at short notice by their clients who are keen to get their business back to a structured working pace. As flights return to normal, the HBAA is aiming to kick start the European events economy by delivering a daily distressed inventory of hotels and venues with space and availability. The Daily Fallout Rates (DFR) will enable over one thousand HBAA partner hotel and venue companies to expedite distribution through its member agency network. Compilation and communication of the Daily Fallout Rates will be managed by the HBAAs strategic partner, online publisher ABC Connection, via its Promotion Generator tool used by the Associations members and partners. Peter Ducker, HBAA executive director said, We have seen various events cancel, including the keynote HEDNA conference in Prague, which has left spare inventory in many traditional conference destinations due to travellers not being able to get there. Despite the airports reopening the disruption for hotels will continue until after a full return to normality and traveller confidence is restored. Our partner hotels and venues are looking for immediate support, hence we are issuing Daily Fallout Rates for agents and their clients to benefit from. Brian Farrugia, ABC Connections CEO, said,This initiative from the HBAA is a very positive move in the current climate and we are delighted to support them. About the HBAA The Hotel Booking Agents Association (HBAA) was formed in 1997 and now consists of more than 77 Members and 190 Partners. The association has an annual buying power in excess of £4.7bn. Members agents are specialists in making hotel accommodation, conference and event reservations as their core business. Partners are comprised of the leading hotel chains, training centres and independent hotels and venues. www. ABC Connection.venue-guides.net www. ABC Connection.hotel-guides.net



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ABC Connection launches Image Manager tool to boost online merchandising for hotels and venues

ABC Connection has launched Image Manager, a brand new online photo library where hotel and non-accommodation venue customers can upload, view, edit and organise all their digital images in one place. Image Manager is an easy-to-use professional online image management system. It integrates with Content Manager and the other Tools and Solutions available to customers to help with all aspects of their digital imaging. With on-screen prompts, the user can resize, crop and format images with no need for any special software or previous experience. Image Manager supports all major digital image formats and automatically reformats images into standard JPEG files in the correct size for optimum viewing online. It has the capacity to store very large collections with hundreds even thousands of images. High quality images bring hotel and venue descriptions to life and convey the atmosphere and experience on offer. To find out how you can utilise Image Manager to help grow your accommodation and meetings business as a customer of ABC Connection, please call +44 (0)845 644 3895 or email sales@abcconnection.com www. ABC Connection.venue-guides.net www. ABC Connection.hotel-guides.net


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