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Groups International Unveils iGroupPlanner™

Proprietary, Patent-Pending End-to-End Solution Designed for Both the Managed and Unmanaged Groups Market Segments.

Houston, TX, September 23, 2009 --( Groups International LLC today unveiled iGroupPlanner™, a fully automated Web-based end-to-end solution designed for small, mid-size and large meetings and events.

Using a Web site interface over a secure network, iGroupPlanner™ creates an environment that enables both professional, non-professional meeting and event planners and event promoters to communicate and conduct business with hotel sales staff, hotel National Sales Offices (NSOs), Convention and Visitors Bureaus (CVBs), venues and vendors all within the same platform. This environment also sets the stage for the integration of group air, group car, group bus, and group tickets and attractions.

“iGroupPlanner™ goes well beyond a conventional Request for Proposal (RFP) tool,” said Chris Wenz, COO, Partner and Co-Founder of Groups International. “iGroupPlanner™ is “high-touch” on the front end and intuitively manages the transaction’s life cycle to include meeting and event development, distribution, contracting, housing, event registration and accounting.” He concluded, “A meeting planner or event promoter will now have all of these services bundled into one online solution.”

iGroupPlanner™ will be made available to those who plan meetings and events as well as those who are tasked with planning social and leisure group events all with the assistance of a Group Travel Expert™ as provided by the Company.

“Our vision was to create an online solution that would change the way managed and unmanaged group movements were communicated, connected and converted. That vision is iGroupPlanner™,” said Tom Costello, CEO, Partner and Co-Founder of Groups International. “We have been in discussions with professional planners, industry consultants and the major hotel brands over the past year and all suggest that we are on the right track with iGroupPlanner™,” said Costello.

Groups International is estimating the release of iGroupPlanner™ into public beta in the first quarter of 2010.

About Groups International

Based in Houston Texas, Groups International ( is the parent Company to three diversified companies that provide services for the managed and unmanaged groups market segments.

iGroupManagement™ ( is a full-service Group Travel Management Company that delivers a full spectrum of group travel services and technology solutions to companies and organizations that plan meetings, conferences, incentive travel programs, sport, team and other managed group events.

iGroupHotels™ ( is an online group travel resource providing services to those who plan unmanaged social and leisure group programs that consist of a minimum of 10 guest rooms or more such as military, family and class reunions, friends getaways, weddings, social events and student and youth travel.

iGroupMeetings™ ( is an online resource for those who plan small meetings and events that consist of a minimum of 10 guest rooms. iGroupMeetings was specifically designed for those who do not necessarily have the time, resources or expertise to dedicate to the entire planning process.

If you would like additional information regarding any of the Groups International Companies and iGroupPlanner™, or you would like to schedule an interview with Tom Costello or Chris Wenz, please contact them directly at the telephone number or email address provided below.


Groups International

Tom Costello
CEO, Partner & Co-Founder

Chris Wenz
COO, Partner & Co-Founder

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Groups International
Tom Costello
Chris Wenz

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