ResortQuest deal will boost rental property exposure 

ResortQuest International – which includes Whistler Chalets and Whistler Exclusive Property Management – has announced a travel marketing agreement with America Online.

ResortQuest is one of the first brand names in the vacation condominium and home rental business, with a portfolio of properties in key resorts throughout North America. The deal with America Online will see the company become a premier sponsor of a new vacation rentals area on the Travel Channels of several America Online brands.

ResortQuest’s newly-formed technology division will be creating a special version of its on-line central reservations site for more than 18,000 of its rental properties for use by AOL and CompuServe members as well as visitors to AOL.COM, and AOL digital City.

The co-branded online reservations site will offer "virtual tours" of individual rental units and real-time on-line booking capability.

The agreement is expected to increase ResortQuest’s audience by 29 million AOL and CompuServe members, plus tens of millions of additional users of America Online’s web brands.

"We are one of the only vacation rental companies in the industry with a broad-based, real-time booking capability and technological capability to deliver inventory to the major travel portals," said ResortQuest chairman, president and CEO, David Levine.

"We view this agreement as a breakthrough."

Paradata Systems expands, again

Paradata Systems – a Whistler company and leading global Internet payment service provider to financial organizations – has once again boosted its staff.

The company has announced a total of nine new management team members.

Ralph Lutes has been named vice-president, general counsel and corporate secretary; Paul Hart is vice-president and chief financial officer; Maureen Dashuk takes the role of vice-president of marketing and business development; Dan Westwood has been named vice-president of software development; Peter Hoyle is the new director of management services; Bojan Subotic is director of information services; Betsy Segal has been named director of human resources; Caroline Grimont is the new director of marketing and Deanne Surtees takes the role of senior manger, development.

"I have every confidence that the additions to our management team will prove instrumental in guiding Paradata through its next growth phase," said Shannon Byrne, president and CEO of Paradata Systems.

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