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UNVEILING 'ITT SHERATON CONNECTIONS' TO SERVE GROUP MEETING PLANNERS' MULTIPLE MEETING AND CONVENTION NEEDS

 DALLAS, Jan. 5 /PRNewswire/ -- Effective April 1, ITT Sheraton will unify and standardize its meeting sales, marketing and service elements for 16 North American major meeting hotels in gateway destinations with a new customer-driven meetings program called "ITT Sheraton Connections," the company announced today at a news conference here during PCMA.
 Designed by ITT Sheraton's Meetings Advisory Board, "ITT Sheraton Connections" offers meeting planners a simplified solution to organizing multiple meetings or conventions in single or multiple destinations. Meeting planners will receive: one salesperson, one-day turnaround for rates and dates, one standard contract, one simplified credit process, one service contact at each "ITT Sheraton Connections" hotel and one standard master bill format.
 "Meeting planners don't need to learn to do business with ITT Sheraton at different hotels over and over again; 'ITT Sheraton Connections' makes it easy by standardizing booking, service and billing processes," said Paul Tribolet, ITT Sheraton vice president and director of Worldwide Sales.
 With "ITT Sheraton Connections," meeting planners will receive these benefits:
 1. On-line meeting space and rate checking
 2. Instant confirmation by the local ITT Sheraton Sales Center
 3. Standardized contracts, credit and billing
 4. Standardized meeting services
 "ITT Sheraton Connections" recognizes meeting planners who have done business with us before and ensures that their preferences are included when they do business with us again," Tribolet said.


Provides On-Line Space And Rate Checking: Instant Confirmation
 All ITT Sheraton Sales Centers in North America will have direct access through the Delphi Sales and Catering System (New Market Software, Durham, N.H.) into meeting space availability and rates. For meetings within 12 months from booking, ITT Sheraton Sales Center executives will be able to check meeting and sleeping room space availability and instantly confirm spcae availability for meetings with up to 200 rooms that meet pricing parameters. This will shatter the industry-standard two-to-five-day response delay.


Standardizes Contracts, Credit And Billing
 "ITT Sheraton Connections" will eliminate planners' need to complete varying credit applications and contracts for each meeting at "ITT Sheraton Connections" hotels. The program will feature a customer- designed standardized billing format which will organize charges into commonly used categories and provide a simple summary.


Establishes Standardized Meeeting Services
 If preferred, meeting planners will receive service by a single contact during their meetings as well as in advance. "ITT Sheraton Connections" provides planners with designated Conference Concierge service which will support the meeting with complete service from opening to close. Planners can request that the hotel's general manager attend pre- and post-convention meetings and will also receive total on-site availability by the Convention Service Manager.


"ITT Sheraton Connections": Available for Meetings At These ITT Sheraton Hotels:
 Sheraton Civic Center Hotel; Birmingham, Ala.
 Sheraton El Conquistador Golf & Tennis Resort; Tuscon, Ariz.
 Sheraton Long Beach Hotel at Shoreline Square; Long Beach, Calif.(a)
 Sheraton Hotels on Harbor Island; San Diego
 Sheraton Palace Hotel; San Francisco
 Sheraton Washington Hotel; Washington, D.C.
 Sheraton Bal Harbour Resort; Miami
 Walt Disney World Dolphin; Orlando, Fla.
 Sheraton Waikiki Hotel; Honolulu, Hawaii(a)
 Sheraton Chicago Hotel & Towers; Chicago
 Sheraton New Orleans Hotel; New Orleans
 Sheraton Boston Hotel & Towers; Boston
 Sheraton New York Hotel & Towers; New York
 Sheraton Seattle Hotel & Towers; Seattle, Wa.
 Sheraton Centre Toronto Hotel & Towers; Toronto, Ontario, Canada
 Le Centre Sheraton Hotel & Towers; Montreal, Quebec, Canada(a)
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 NOTE: (a) Joining "ITT Sheraton Connections" hotel network in September 1993.
 Boston-based ITT Sheraton Corporation, a subsidiary of ITT Corporation, is a worldwide network of nearly 440 owned, leased, managed and franchised properties, including 295 upscale and luxury hotels, resorts and all-suites and 135 inns in 61 countries.
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 /CONTACT: Dolores Sanchez of ITT Sheraton Corp., 617-367-5481/


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