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INFOTRAVEL® FINDS ANOTHER NICHE AS IT EXPANDS TO
COURTYARD AND RESIDENCE INN MARRIOTT HOTELS
Bell Atlantic Announces Implementation in Four
BETHESDA, MD. - InfoTravel®, Bell Atlantic's
travel guide service for hotel guests, soon will be available to
guests of four more Marriott hotels in Northern Virginia. Beginning
this summer, guests staying at Marriott's Alexandria Courtyard,
Rosslyn Courtyard, Residence Inn at Pentagon City and the Crystal City
Marriott can use InfoTravel to select a restaurant, check out the
sights and find a place to shop.
InfoTravel is already available in nine hotels -- including five
Marriott, two Hilton and two Holiday Inns in Washington, D.C.,
Northern Va., and Bethesda, Md. Guests use the TV and remote control
in their room to interact with more than 100 advertisers, 35 local
points of interest, transportation options and hotel services. lt is
advertiser supported and is free to the user and the hotel.
Courtyard by Marriott hotels offer mid-priced accommodations primarily
for the business traveler and Residence Inns cater to the extended
stay guest. "Our experience with InfoTravel has been very positive
our full-service properties based in Washington, D.C., and Northern
Virginia," said Jim Ceh, senior project manager for rooms
at Marriott. "InfoTravel will provide an important new service in
Courtyard and Residence Inn hotels where the front desk personnel
typically handle all guest inquiries. InfoTravel provides our guests
with accurat and timely visitor information. It's like adding a
personal concierge in each room."
"InfoTravel is really expanding as we find new audiences in the
industry for this information age service,"" said Christine
director of development and operations, Bell Atlantic Electronic
Publishing. "Like InfoTravel, the Courtyard and Residence Inns
a specific need within the travel industry."
InfoTravel's directory menu includes Places To Eat, Things to See and
Do, Services & Getting Around, Nightlife and Shopping. Hotel guests
can use the service to call advertisers, print maps and coupons and
obtain community and theater information through new features like the
Sports and Entertainment Calendar of Events. InfoTravel operates in
conjunction with. On Command Video Corporation's in-room TV services
and uses Compact Disc-interactive (CD-i) technology developed by
Philips Media Inc. and Bell Atlantic.
InfoTravel has been available to guests of the Washington, D.C.-based
J.W. Marriott, Washington Marriott, Marriott at Metro Center, The
Capital Hilton, and Washington Hilton and Towers, plus the Key Bridge
Marriott and Crystal Gateway Marriott in Arlington, Va., since June
1995. The Bethesda Holiday Inn and Old Town, Alexandria, Va., Holiday
Inn began offering the service in January 1996.
On Command Video Corp. is based in Santa Clara, Calif., and its
parent, ASCENT Entertainment Group, is headquartered in Denver, Colo.
Philips Media Inc. is based in New York, N.Y. Marriott Lodging is a
division of Marriott International, based in Bethesda, Md.
InfoTravel is offered by Bell Atlantic Electronic Publishing Inc.,
part of the directory services group of the Bell Atlantic Corporation.
Bell Atlantic Corporation (NYSE: BEL) is at the forefront of the new
communications, entertainment and information industry. In the
mid-Atlantic region, the company is the premier provider of local
telecommunications and advanced services. Globally, it is one of the
largest investors in the high-growth wireless communication
marketplace. Bell Atlantic also owns a substantial interest in
Telecom Corporation of New Zealand and is actively developing
high-growth national and international business opportunities in all
phases of the industry.
- Stephanie Hobbs, 301-493-3134
Mara Radis, 301-309-9404