VIBEAGENT ADDS PRICELINE VETERAN TO MANAGEMENT TEAM
December 07, 2007 (PRLEAP.COM) Travel NewsCharlottesville, VA, Friday, December 7th, 2007 – Continuing to build upon the momentum generated from the successful launch of its web site three weeks ago, VibeAgent.com is adding a veteran of the online travel world to its management team. Dennis Ortiz joined VibeAgent this week and will become the young company’s Vice President of Marketing. In this position, Mr. Ortiz’s responsibilities include developing and executing VibeAgent’s marketing strategy to help grow VibeAgent’s user base, review content, and hotel bookings.
Mr. Ortiz joined priceline.com in 1999, and as Director of Vacation Packages was responsible for revenue management and private-label partnerships. Prior to this appointment, Mr. Ortiz was the company’s Hotel Product Manager, and was instrumental in the development and international expansion of the company’s flagship Name Your Own Price™ hotel product.
In addition to his work at priceline.com, Ortiz has been a management consultant at Deloitte Consulting and worked in brand marketing at Kraft Foods. Mr. Ortiz holds an MBA from The Darden School of Business at the University of Virginia and a BS in Hotel Administration from Cornell University.
“We’re all very excited to have Dennis join our team. He’s a perfect fit for us. His passion, drive, and relevant industry experience ensure Dennis can have a significant impact from day one in helping VibeAgent achieve its ambitious goals for the future,” said Adam Healey, VibeAgent’s co-founder and CEO.
PhoCusWright, the leading travel research firm, estimates that online hotel bookings will total $86.6 billion in 2007 and grow by 20% in 2008. VibeAgent improves the hotel research and booking process by being the first site to offer travelers free personalized hotel recommendations, for more than 120,000 hotels, based on the content and connections within a traveler’s social network. VibeAgent then “meta” searches a multitude of travel and hotel web sites in real-time to find all the available room rates for each hotel, so users know they are booking their chosen accommodations at the best available rate.
About VibeAgent Inc.
VibeAgent.com is a new online resource for travelers to research and book hotel accommodations. It is the first and only site that combines user-generated hotel reviews, meta-search, and social networking to provide its users with free personalized hotel recommendat ions and booking at the best available rates. VibeAgent’s unparalleled meta-search engine assembles rates and availability for more than 120,000 hotels worldwide from leading sites and providers such as Priceline, HotelBook, InterContinental Hotels, Holiday Inn, Skoosh, Reserve Travel, Venere, Booking.com, Crowne Plaza, Staybridge Suites, TravelWorm, and Travel Intelligence. Founded in 2006, VibeAgent is based in Charlottesville, Virginia. For more information, please visit www.vibeagent.com.
Vice President of Marketing
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