Core Communications Achieves Major Milestone As Preferred Provider Of High-Speed Internet Access For Hyatt Hotels Corporation
Counsel Corporation's Enabling Technology Platform Receives Endorsement
TORONTO / May 8, 2001-- Counsel Corporation
"After a rigorous selection process, Hyatt selected Core Communications because of their obvious competitive advantages," said Bob Bansfield, assistant vice president of management information systems, Hyatt Hotels Corporation. "Unlike other service providers, Core Communications provides continual on-site services and consulting, and will personally follow up with meeting planners to ensure all their needs are being met."
T1 line speed has been adopted as Hyatt's minimum standard in the meeting rooms. High speed Internet access within meeting rooms allows attendees to experience better, faster and more secure data connections. Additionally, a high-speed network solution allows groups to access local area networks (LAN) and virtual private networks (VPN), demonstrate on-line products, and conduct computer/Internet based training classes. For more demanding Internet needs, such as those required by trade shows or exhibitions, a T3 solution will be available on an as-needed basis.
"Core's service-driven approach compliments Hyatt's commitment to quality and guest support, improving the overall event experience for its group meeting clientele," said David Giannini, president and CEO of Core Communications. "Core's national presence in major metropolitan service areas enables Hyatt to accelerate the roll out of a premium service solution across multiple properties."
"Core Communications is quickly becoming the leader in providing and managing Internet connectivity for the meetings, conferences and conventions sector of the hospitality industry. Core's commitment to outstanding customer service and its easy-to-use next-generation network management technology has gained the respect of the industry's most discerning operators and their most demanding corporate clients," said Doug Knight, Managing Director of Counsel Corporation and member of the board of Core Communications.
Counsel Corporation CXS focuses on acquiring significant positions in, and actively managing for growth, a balanced portfolio of operating companies. Counsel's portfolio of companies in the enabling technology sector includes a 52% stake in sales and marketing effectiveness software provider Proscape Technologies, Inc. (); a 33% stake in e-marketer Impower, Inc. (); a 28% stake in e-learning application service provider IBT Technologies, Inc. (); and a 13% stake in Internet data communications and services provider Core Communications Corporation (www.core.net).
Core Communications is in its third year of providing network management solutions to the meetings and hospitality industry. Core services major metropolitan markets throughout North America. For more information about Core Communications, please see their web site at www.core.net.
There are 201 Hyatt hotels and resorts around the world. Hyatt Hotels Corporation operates 120 hotels and resorts in the U.S., Canada and the Caribbean. Hyatt International, through its subsidiaries, operates 81 hotels and resorts in 36 countries. In the U.S., Hyatt Worldwide Reservations for individuals and groups can be reached at 800-233-1234. Outside the U.S., contact the local Hyatt sales office or representative.
For more information about Hyatt hotels and resorts, consult Hyatt through the Internet at www.hyatt.com.
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