SOURCE: Groople

February 22, 2008 07:00 ET

Atlantic 10 Conference and Groople Team Up

When Planning Travel Is Easy, the Game Is More Fun

DENVER, CO--(Marketwire - February 22, 2008) - Groople, the leading online group travel, planning, sharing and booking site, has been named the official online group hotel reservation agency for the Atlantic 10 Conference. CBS College Sports Network (CSTV), the Atlantic 10's media and sponsorship rights holder, signed on Groople to partner with the Atlantic 10. Groople (www.groople.com) makes it simpler, faster and cheaper for A-10 coaches, players, administrators and fans to plan and book travel to games.

With access to Groople's innovative technology, online search and planning tool capabilities, booking travel for a team and its attendant, administrators, coaches, and fans is no longer a hassle. This partnership allows interested parties in any location to book hotels, rent cars and obtain discounted rates through the dedicated A-10 travel site www.groople.com/a10 powered by Groople.

Also to help travel coordinators sleep soundly at night, Groople offers another innovation; actual human beings! Experts on travel for sports teams (and other different group trips like destination weddings and family reunions) are available by phone to walk users through the process, provide tips and answer any questions or concerns.

"Groople's resources will make booking travel easier and more cost-effective for our teams and fans," said A-10 commissioner Linda Bruno. "Our teams will obtain significant savings in money and time. And our fans will have access to Groople's tremendous network. This is a winning partnership for everyone."

With Groople's extensive network of hotel partnerships, it is even easier to match the group's needs with the best-suited hotel. Need a conference room for the pre-championship pep talk? Consider it done. Want a hotel with an all-you-can-eat breakfast buffet to hit before tailgating? Check!

"A-10 and its supporters can leverage Groople's growing network of suppliers through this partnership. The relationship will result in booking options and benefits never accessible to sports travel planners before," said Mike Stacy, chief executive officer of Groople. "Groople's innovative technology is leading the way for sports teams around the country in planning game and championship online travel with ease and efficiency."

Now that Groople is the A-10's official online group hotel reservation agency, attending any of the A-10's games in-person is even easier. The A-10 is comprised of the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, University of Dayton, Duquesne University, Fordham University, George Washington University, LaSalle University, University of Massachusetts Amherst, University of Rhode Island, University of Richmond, St. Bonaventure University, St. Joseph's University, St. Louis University, Temple University and Xavier University.

Really, after planning with Groople, the only thing left to decide is who packs the mascot outfit!

About Groople:

Groople gives any group of family members, friends, team mates and colleagues an easy way to plan and book travel arrangements online. We partner with popular hotel, cruise, air, bus, and rail service providers to offer discounted rates, individual payment options, collaborative planning tools and a single point of contact. Whether your group is 3 people or 103, make us the first stop for your reunion, vacation, convention, sports outing, destination wedding or other event. We have the expertise, connections and convenience you need for worry-free travel. Get started now at www.groople.com.

About the Atlantic 10 Conference:

The Atlantic 10 Conference, originally established in 1975 under the name Eastern Conference 8, is one of the premiere college athletic conferences in the NCAA. Today, the Conference is made up of 14 universities with a combined total of nearly 200,000 students. Twenty-one sports are sponsored within the conference. The Atlantic 10 is headquartered in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

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